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The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009)

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Rated R for some sexual content

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Amazon.com Movie Review
17 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The video release of any David Decoteau film brings a lot of excitement to my house but the release of one of his BROTHERHOOD films is cause for celebration. After the incredible BROTHERHOOD IV: THE COMPLEX, I suppose it is only to be expected that the next film would be a bit of a step down, and this one is. While there is much to love in this forth sequel, there are some serious problems this time around. Perhaps the biggest difficulty is the script.

This is the first BROTHERHOOD film which does not credit Matthew Jason Walsh as the screenwriter and I really wish he had been involved with this one. This film never feels like a BROTHERHOOD movie, owing more to KILLER BASH or FINAL STAB than BH 1, 2 or 4. While it isn't as slow paced as part 3, it also lacks the beautiful cinematography, wonky camera POV's and slow motion work that made that film stand out. Most of the shots in ALUMNI are fairly static. While Howard Wexler was the camera operator on this one, it seems that there was a deliberate decision to tone down the look of this film. It was the wrong thing to do since the storyline in this film isn't strong enough to keep interest at a maximum. Another difficulty is with the cast.

**Most of the guys in the film are fine and certainly Nathan Parsons (General Hospital) as the psychotic Holden is a real standout.**

Brett Novek and Arthur Napiontek deliver one of the most memorable scenes of the entire franchise and Osckar Rodriguez as Leslie starts things off nicely. The female cast on the other hand are, to put it as nicely as possible, distractingly strange looking girls. They look as if they would be more at home in a second rate escort service than in front of a camera. ALL of the cast looks as if they should be attending a 10 year high school reunion rather than playing seniors on prom night. While many of the scenes you would expect to find in a BROTHERHOOD film are here (the big erotic 3 way is here and none of the guys can pass a shower stall without getting in) this time around things are feeling kind of forced as if everyone is just going through the motions on this one. Sad. Still, for all of its faults, I was entertained by this film and perhaps I'm being too rough on it.

The bar had been set very high by the previous films and all great horror film franchises have the occasional stumble. / The anamorphic transfer is flawless, absolutely perfect, near blu-ray quality, one of the best looking DVD transfers of any Decoteau film so far. The 5.1 soundtrack is also excellent. While there is no director commentary there is an HOUR of behind the scenes footage. This is the REAL stuff, not some fluffy pseudo-documentary commercial. You get to see the actual filming of the movie without dumb interviews or comments from cast and crew, just the raw footage of the making of the film. That alone is worth the price of the DVD.

All in all it certainly isn't a bad film, just not as good as the rest of the series. Maybe part 6 will be better. At any rate, no one does this sort of oddball horror film better than David Decoteau and even when he is not at his best, he is still better than 90 percent of whats out there.


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