The Fourth Beast Release Date: 15 January 2005 (USA) Genre: Action Director(s): Nathyn Masters (upcoming Wages of Sin) Writer(s): Nathyn Masters Staring: Jon Ross, Katie Getty, Jason Walsh At first glance one might assume that The Fourth Beast: Mark of the Anti-Christ is just another York Entertainment urban film. That’s essentially what I thought when […]

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The Fourth Beast
Release Date: 15 January 2005 (USA)
Genre: Action
Director(s): Nathyn Masters (upcoming Wages of Sin)
Writer(s): Nathyn Masters
Staring: Jon Ross, Katie Getty, Jason Walsh

At first glance one might assume that The Fourth Beast: Mark of the Anti-Christ is just another York Entertainment urban film. That’s essentially what I thought when I first saw the boxart. Then I actually sat down and watched The Fourth Beast, courtesy of Netflix, and with that and some research found out just how I wrong I was. A religiously-themed action film, The Fourth Beast was shot with a budget of $1,000. Watching the movie, it struck me as cheap, like almost every York movie, but it didn’t seem to be that cheap.

Daniel Abrams was lucky enough to return from a tour of duty in Iraq unscathed. All he wants to do is settle down and live a peaceful life, but that’s going to have to wait because of one single disc. Handed to him by a former Catholicism teacher of his, Daniel is instructed to hold onto it with great care until he can give it to a journalist. Apparently this disc contains information that the Vatican does not want out in the open. As much, rouge agents have been sent to Chicago to retrieve the disc. Now it’s up to Daniel, along with his ex and a girl who never stops talking, to keep the disc from falling into the wrong hands.

I typically try my best to prevent a film’s low budget from impeding my enjoyment, but with The Fourth Beast, it happened every so often. The sound on the version released by York is a mess. According to Masters when he appeared on the Your Video Store Shelf Podcast, there was a promise of sound tweaking on the table from York. Lo and behold, that didn’t happen. The actual action is iffy too. It should be said that some of it works. It’s just a damn shame that it’s the finale that comes off the worst.

With only a $1,000 at his disposal, Nathyn Masters crafted a film that’s better than most of its kind. Sure, the errors are rampant, but a fine share of them are easily forgiven. Those who keep their eye on the low budget market will probably have a fun time with The Fourth Beast, like I did, but if things like uneven audio levels, cheap stunts, and long dialogue scenes annoy you, I recommend you go elsewhere. For me, this was a mixed bag, as while I found the story to be intriguing, the low budget hampered it from being great.

DVD: York Entertainment delivers the goods once again. This DVD is jam-packed with six commentary tracks, a ninety minute behind-the-scenes featurette, their entire trailer library, extensive biographies on the cast and crew, deleted scenes, storyboards, and …
Ohhh hell, I’m lying. Despite Nathyn sending them extras, this one is barebones to the barest.

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