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Kolobos (1999)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  28 September 1999 (USA)
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Night. Rain splatters the city. A young couple out for a drive take a shortcut through a deserted alley and makes a gruesome discovery: a girl, savagely slashed and battered, lies in a pool... See full summary »

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Kyra
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Gary
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Faceless
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Dr. Waldman (as Simms Thomas)
Todd Beadle ...
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Lucille
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Carl
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Det. Byers
Blaine Bolton ...
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Young Man in Jeep
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Night. Rain splatters the city. A young couple out for a drive take a shortcut through a deserted alley and makes a gruesome discovery: a girl, savagely slashed and battered, lies in a pool of her own blood. As the girl loses consciousness, she utters one word of explanation - 'Kolobos'. Flash back to 36 hours earlier. Down-on-her-luck artist Kyra Mitchell has just landed a dream job - a 3-month gig as a lab rat in an anthropology-related experimental film. In exchange, she gets free food and lodging in a fully-furnished mountain resort. Her new roommates, wise-cracking Tom, struggling actress Erica, college drop-out Gary and fast-food engineer Tina know little about Kyra's past. She allows them to see her artwork - dark, disturbing pieces - but tells them nothing about her inspiration - a faceless man who haunts her in nightmares and waking dreams. Still, happiness and camaraderie prevail - until night falls. On her way to grab a soda in the kitchen, Tina walks into a deadly booby ... Written by Armitage Pictures

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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When the group arrives at the house, we clearly see it is a two storey house. Yet after they are already upstairs, they climb another set of stairs to go to the attic. There is clearly no third floor for an attic in the exterior shots of the house. See more »

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Great underrated slasher!
3 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

KOLOBOS (1999)

starring: Amy Weber, Donny Terranova, Nichole Pelerine, John Fairlie, Promise LaMarco, Ilia Volokh, Simms Thomas, Jonathan Rone, Linnea Quigley.

plot: Kyra Mitchell (Amy Weber) is found on the streets brutally mutilated and uttering the word 'kolobos' and is taken to the hospital. Kyra flashes 36 hours earlier when she wins a spot on a reality television program where her and some others live in a mountain resort, kind of like "The Real World". She arrives there with fast-food worker Tina (Promise LaMarco), film school student Gary (John Fairlie), actress Erica (Nichole Pelerine) and comedian Tom (Donny Terranova). Kyra is a morbid artist and is very self-conscious about her work, she also suffers creepy hallucinations. Soon, the lodge is locked down, the lights go out, and the actors begin to die in horrible deaths one by one as the survivors turn on each other.

the good: When I saw this at wal-mart, I didn't bother reading what it was about, the box art made it look like a cheesy creature feature. But I was wrong, when I heard what it was really about, and saw the trailer, I knew I was in for an awesome slasher treat. I immediately went back to wal-mart and bought a copy.

I was pleasantly entertained for many reasons. I'll start with the cast and characters ....

Amy Weber was great as the slightly crazed artist. She kept me guessing big time. Donny Terranova plays a horny non-funny comedian, but something about him made him seem very real and so I sympathized with him. Nichole Pelerine was also real as the B-grade actress. Her selfishness was very realistic and she looked and felt very natural. John Fairlie was a great guy, the film student who got along with everyone and just wanted to have a good time, he also gets the best death in the movie! Promise LaMarco as Tina was very annoying, both her face and her voice. But even sometimes I sympathized with her, and she gets a very gory death! Simms Thomas was annoying as the skeptical psychiatrist. Linnea Quigley didn't have much of a part, she was Kyra's counselor at the half-house she lived in, but it was great to see her acting again, especially having a part different from a horny teen. Ilia Volokh was creepy, but he shouldn't have talked.

Gore-hounds would also praise this film, death by a circular-blade booby-trap, an acid shower, an eye-piercing with deer antlers and more! This even puts "Hellraiser" to shame!

The look of the film. The daytime scenes had a dream-like feel, and the night scenes were creepy! The best thing is when the house is locked down, and the only lights are flashing red, white, blue and orange. It added to the suspense of the film.

The best thing is the mystery. Was Kyra really a psycho, was it all in her head, or are her hallucinations real? Was Faceless a hallucination or a real guy. It kept me guessing. The suspense is also top-notch, the scenes where a person is alone in the dark and you just hear that creepy heavy-breathing, it freaked the hell out of me!! Another creepy thing is the laughter that Kyra could hear in her head, scary!!!

The score is also great. Mixing elements of SUSPIRA, HALLOWEEN and THE SHINING, the music added to the scares of the film.

the bad: Not much except the ending. I did get it and all, but it was too long and strange.

9.5/10


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