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Revelation: Sickle's Take on "Revealer"

Revealer follows a stripper and a religious protestor who become trapped in the strip club while an apocalyptic event occurs outside. As their moral quarrels mount, the evil begins to break its way inside.

[This movie was seen on Shudder at the time of this review.]

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Revealer Review

Shudder has been dropping content like crazy that it is frankly hard to keep up, which is something Shudder should be proud of. The amount of original and curated content the service makes me feel spoiled as a horror fan, even if some of it doesn't quite hold up to scrutiny. Such was the case for Revealer, which was a unique, but flawed Lovecraftian-esque tale of social tensions amidst moral dilemmas.

Revealer was another movie in a long line of recent movies that is trying to capture that magic of the 80s and early 90s horror with a vibrant color palette and synth score. The film does a good job of applying these techniques through its weighty neon hues and sharp notes. Even the costume design and setting embrace the aesthetic to a realistic degree.

Given the budget, the effects work is rather impressive throughout, though of course the CG elements are noticeable. The "monster mayhem" moments are serviceable, but they tend to come too few and far between the feuds and bickering between the two leads.

These fights eat up a large chunk of the screen time as the primary point of tension for the plot, despite an apocalyptic event occurring throughout. The nuance of morality and social acceptance is prevalent, but the topic begins to wane as the film goes along. It eventually gets to the point that I become bored as they rehash and reintroduce the same arguments. Their direct natures make it to where they capture most of what could be said in the first act, so the second and third acts leave a bit to be desired.

As the horror elements escalate, the tension actually begins to drag. For some reason, and perhaps it was just me, but the scale felt awkward and imbalanced. It never felt like the stakes were as high as they actually were. Perhaps it was the incessant bickering, but I began to side with the apocalypse towards the end.

Horror Rating System

Horror Qualifier: 8/10

Horror Quality: 6/10

Film Quality: 4/10


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