I didn't quite get the whole Brothers being connected thing, or the weird ending.
Anybody that knows me is fully aware that I have a soft spot for movies by Full Moon Pictures. They always remind me of my teenage years savouring low budget horror flicks, but somehow 'Meridian' had escaped my notice. This is a typical Charles Band movie when he is in one of his gothic fantasy moods. Forbidding castles, ghosts, monsters and other such hokum are the flavour, along with the usual dose of partial nudity and only a very small amount of gore. The storyline and acting are as wooden as you would expect, but anyone who is familiar with the genre knows exactly what they are going to get. 'Meridian' is not one of the best of Charles Band's movies, but it still has the same charm that has kept me a fan of his work for all these years.
Long time Full Mooner, Phil Fondacaro, has but a small part (forgive the pun) but I always enjoy seeing his performance when he's on screen. This guy needs more work.
The main problem with Meridian is that it is an extremely dull movie. It spends far too much time trying to make itself an atmospheric film, but fails to focus any attention on its characters. About the only interesting character was the Beast (Alex Daniels), but I think I was only curious about him because the effects and makeup used to create him were pretty good. He reminded me a little of the wolf-like state that Dracula would appear as in certain moments in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 version of Dracula.
The movie is shot well, but certain moments were extremely awkward to sit through. There is a moment that is technically a rape scene, but it is filmed in a style that makes it erotic in nature that felt very wrong. Plus this sequence is done in slow-motion, which if you don't know by now I hate slow-motion in films, that makes this scene drag on and all the more painful to get through.
The movie doesn't spend enough time allowing its mystery to unravel naturally. Instead it kind of comes out rather quickly with what is going on, which further makes the characters in the film uninteresting to watch. Plus there is no build-up, and the finale of the film is uneventful and forgettable.
Of all of the films that Charles Band has directed, this is probably my least favorite of them all. It has far too much going on, and none of it works in the film's favor. I was hoping that this Charles Band Collection would have been worth the purchase, but the only film out of the set of four films that I really enjoyed was Head of the Family. Now there is a good Charles Band directed film.