Oscilloscope Laboratories has tabbed Jan. 20 as the DVD release date for writer/director James Ward Byrkit’s multi-award-winning claustrophobic creep-out, Coherence.
The ARR is 214 days and ticket sales came to $102,617.
A half-dozen friends are over for dinner at Mike (Nicholas Brendon — as Kevin Lynch in the Criminal Minds television series and as Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer series) and Lee’s house (Lorene Scafaria), which could have been a horror story all unto itself since the relationships between the assembled guests are so tangled and twisted that more than a few verbal punches are anticipated.
With this tension established, the fun begins when, of all things, a passing comet begins to interact with the electronics … we are, after all, a society dependent on our little devices.
This of course leads to a combination of speculation and folk tales about what was rumored to have happened when this particular comet zipped by last time. It’s very clever, instead of campers sitting around a camp fire in the woods telling ghost stories, they are gathered around the dinning room table sipping wine and doing the exact same thing.
Strange things then begin to happen, the phones are out, the lights flicker, phones explode, strange noises rattle the proceedings (literally bumps in the night) and an unsettled feeling of “what next” begins to grip the group. They check on the neighbors, that only makes it worse.
The tension builds and filmmaker Byrkit uses the confines of the house (which becomes metaphorically smaller as the evening progresses) and combines this with the Val Lewton principle of horror filmmaking, where the unseen and unknown — working on the mind — can be more terrifying than any visible threat.
Bonus features for the DVD release of Coherence include commentary from filmmaker James Ward Byrkit, who is joined by actors Alex Manugian (who co-wrote the script) and Emily Foxler, plus there are a behind-the-scenes featurette and test footage with comments by Byrkit.