There aren’t many low budget, direct-to-dvd releases that manage to be anything other than below average. They skimp on the gore, the action, the story. Basically, any special effects. Everything is cut away and done off screen or poorly done on screen. Guardian Of The Realm is a welcome exception. After stealing an ancient scroll and other artifacts, an occultist group releases the demon god Virago. A year later a team of demon hunters, mainly Josh Griffin and Alex Marlowe, investigating the missing artifacts are lead to Virago. In the end it is up to Josh and Alex to destroy him before he reaches his full power and unleashes hell on earth. Unlike the numerous low budget movies mentioned earlier, Guardian Of The Realm is packed full with awesome fight sequences, a healthy dose of gore, well executed special effects and really cool make-up effects. The overall look of the demons along with the fight sequences are very reminiscent of tv’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The team of Josh and Alex is a great pairing. Both of the actors playing them, Glen Levy and Tanya Dempsey, excel in their performance giving the characters believability and making the audience sympathetic towards them. I was genuinely surprised by how much I liked this movie. It far exceeded my expectations. Guardian Of The Realm is a fantastic mixture of horror, action, fantasy along with a few laughs. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for something worthwhile outside the mainstream. It just might surprise you like it did me. Enjoy!
Special Features: Theatrical Trailer, Previews -Neil
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