Severin Films sub­la­bel InterVision has to be given cred­it: they’ve delved into the back­wa­ters of 1980’s and 1990’s shot-on-video hor­ror in a way few cult movie labels could be both­ered with.  Movies like Sledgehammer and Things are the kind of stuff you real­ly have to love to try and make mon­ey by releas­ing it.  InterVision has stepped up to the plate with their release of The Burning Moon, cre­at­ing a release that the cam­corder-grunge addicts who adore this mate­ri­al can get behind.

The Burning Moon was shot using the pre-dig­i­tal era video equip­ment of the ear­ly 1990’s.  That means it’s got the kind of soft, flat look you would expect from vin­tage video mate­ri­al.  The trans­fer has a nice, first gen­er­a­tion look to it, mak­ing things as sharp and col­or­ful as the medium’s lim­i­ta­tions will allow.  Fans who have got­ten by with non-trans­lat­ed bootlegs of this title can be hap­py because it pre­sent­ed here with nice, easy-to-read English sub­ti­tles accom­pa­ny­ing its German lan­guage sound­track.  That sound­track sounds fine here, with no dis­tor­tion and a solid use of the film’s doomy syn­the­siz­er score.

Extras are lim­it­ed but worth­while.  The key item is a lengthy mak­ing-of fea­turet­te pro­duced by Ittenbach him­self dur­ing the film’s orig­i­nal shoot.  It’s built around an exten­sive amount of on-set footage, with the focus being how the var­i­ous make­up effects were pulled off.  These behind-the-scene bits are also accom­pa­nied by the gore sce­nes from the film itself, mak­ing this a de-fac­to high­lights reel.

The mak­ing-of piece is given struc­ture by talk­ing head bits with Ittenbach, look­ing unex­pect­ed­ly pro­fes­sion­al in a tie as he dis­cuss­es the chal­lenges of shoot­ing extreme mate­ri­al on a low bud­get and his desire to take the audi­ence out of their com­fort zone.  He also reveals how doing the film’s stunts fell to him: there is some unfor­get­table footage of him doing a fire stunt with no para­medics or fire extin­guish­er in sight (after he does the stunt, a friend comes run­ning over with a blan­ket to put the flames out!).

Elsewhere on the disc, there is a charm­ing­ly low-brow trail­er for The Burning Moon from the film’s orig­i­nal U.S. video release (“from the peo­ple who brought you the Traces Of Death series”) and a few bonus trail­ers for oth­er InterVision releas­es, The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer and The ABC’s Of Love And Sex In Australia.  All in all, this is a strong release for such an obscure cult item and any­one into the shot-on-video hor­ror scene will want to snap it up.

To read Schlockmania’s film review of The Burning Moon, click here.