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★★☆☆☆ Like many a low-budget American indie horror, director Chris Stokes' The Helpers (2012) has followed a fairly conventional distribution trajectory. It managed a limited release in its home market of the Us, gained a coveted spot at Film4's FrightFest last November, and now makes a quiet straight-to-dvd appearance here, jostling for attention in a relentlessly over-saturated genre. The plot, as you might well guess, follows a rather familiar trajectory too. A car, loaded to the brim with drunk and horny twentysomethings on their way to Las Vegas, breaks down in the middle of the Nevada desert, miles away from civilisation.
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- CineVue UK
The Helpers, 2012.
Directed by Chris Stokes.
After breaking down on a road trip to Las Vegas, seven friends check into a rest-stop motel and wake up in their rooms to a gruesome and bloody terror.
The Helpers tackles a story involving a group of friends who head off for a weekend of fun and frolics in Sin City, Las Vegas. All seems well at the beginning, but just like an episode of BBC’s Casualty, no matter how good things currently seem, you know there’s danger lurking around the corner. So we then find our group of friends lost in the middle of nowhere with some car troubles. Luckily for the crew, they come across a group of friendly people who happen to run »
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, January 21st 2013.
Pick Of The Week
American Mary (DVD/Blu-ray)
One of the year’s most horrific highlights, American Mary tells the story of broke student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who grows disenchanted with medical school and the doctors she once idolised. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the gruesome world of underground surgeries but soon finds they leave more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele… Smart, sexy, funny and utterly gorgeous to look at, American Mary features a standout lead performance from horror icon Katherine (Ginger Snaps) Isabelle, »
Directed by Chris Stokes (You Got Served) and starring a hot young cast including Christopher Jones (Big Momma’s House 2), JoJo Wright (Bring It On: All or Nothing), Black Thomas (Step Up 2: The Streets), Rachel Sterling (Fun Size) and rising star Dallas Lovato, horror film The Helpers is released on DVD on January 21st, and to celebrate we have two copies to give away to our readers courtesy of Koch Media.
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"Based on true events, The Helpers is a bloody, brutal horror film about seven friends from Sacramento, California, who head out on a documented road trip to Las Vegas. Their trip takes a very unexpected turn for the worse when their back tires mysteriously blow out. Leaving the women behind, the men then go off in pursuit of help and find a local rest stop with some very friendly owners. »
Music producer-turned-film director Chris Stokes (You Got Served) turns his hands to horror with The Helpers. And whilst his early work featured a number of rappers and singers he has produced and worked with, this is his first movie Not to follow that format. This time round Stokes takes a bunch of relative unknowns (the majority of whom are credited with small roles in TV fare) and casts them in a movie that blends traditional filmmaking with that most risible of genres – the found-footage film.
The Helpers follows a group of seven friends who are headed on a road trip to Las Vegas, but along the way they get a flat tyre. Leaving the women behind, the men then go off in pursuit of help »
Based on true events, The Helpers is a bloody, brutal horror film about seven friends from Sacramento, California, who head out on a documented road trip to Las Vegas. Their trip takes a very unexpected turn for the worse when their back tires mysteriously blow out. Leaving the women behind, the men then go off in pursuit of help and find a local rest stop with some very friendly owners. As the group is reunited, they decide to spend the night in their motel – but wake in their rooms to a new kind of gruesome and bloody terror.
- Matt Holmes
6 items from 2013
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