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Daniel returns to his family's mansion for the holidays along with his girlfriend Susanne. His family's seemingly-utopian existence is overshadowed by not only the death of Daniel's brother, but also by Daniel's failure to live up to his brother's potential. However, this quickly becomes inconsequential, as blood-thirsty killers soon show up.. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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He was a hired professional. But this was personal.

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According to Alyssa Milano, co-star Ice-T showed up on set one day with 17 bodyguards. See more »

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Daniel's shirt and position in the basement. He goes for the phone with the shirt on around his arms, bolts off camera with it completely off, is next to Susanne, and then is back at the phone again with it over his arms. See more »

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Suite for Orchestra No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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No suspense.
4 December 1999 | by (Surrey, British Columbia) – See all my reviews

I did not find the supposed plot twist in this movie a twist at all. I figured out who the bad guys were very early on in the movie. The only thing I was uncertain about was whether the character was actually the culprit or whether the acting was just inappropriate and made him/her look like the bad guy; it turns out the acting was quite appropriate. Anyway, I found this movie very obvious and unthrilling, and Susanne's (I was very impressed to see they spelled her name the same way as mine, as it is a rare spelling- bonus points) reluctance to use violence even when her own life was on the line was kind of frustrating. Still, most of the acting was decent, especially considering some of the stupid things people had to say or do. Uncle Whoever's confession was extremely melodramatic and did not seem to have much relevance to the story, unless I missed something. Basically this movie was an unsuspenseful suspense and I do not recommend it to anyone except to the many Alyssa Milano fans out there.


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