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Nichole Pelerine ...
John Fairlie ...
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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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Sometimes nightmares do come true.

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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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28 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Haunted House  »

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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 »


Kyra: Kolobos. It means "mutilated." Some would say it's what Zeus did when he severed the first creatures who roamed the earth in two, condemning them to wander in search of their better half. But others believe he created divine beauty, for in severing the beast, he created man and woman.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Performed by The Civilians
written by Dave Galens and Jim Hebler
produced by The Civilians & Al Sutton
courtesy of Enough Rope Records
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Don't let the cover fool you
30 October 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

"Kolobos" opens in someone else's point of view, someone who's obviously out of it, wandering the night-time streets aimlessly. The person is suddenly hit by a car, and when one of the vehicle's occupants gets out to check on the person, we find out that it's a female as she faintly utters the word "kolobos". The girl is taken to the hospital where she is operated on before being put in a room to recover. The patient next to her decides to read newspaper ads to her for the hell of it, and one of the ads triggers her to remember everything that has happened to her (we also find out that her name is Kyra, and she has spent time in a halfway house). It's an ad looking for five young people to participate in a groundbreaking new experimental film. They will be stuck in this big, fancy house with video cameras watching their every move. There's just one problem. Something is very awry in this house, and all hell is about to break loose. Could ex-loony Kyra be behind it all, or is there something much more sinister afoot?

"Kolobos" is a film which I passed by many times in the video store and never even thought about checking out, as the cover made it look like yet another DTV waste of space. Later, I saw some raves about the film on one of the boards I frequent, so I decided to finally check it out was promptly blown away. The film's cover art does not do it justice at all! It's easily one of the most atmospheric, downright creepy as hell independent horror films I've had the pleasure of viewing.

The characters are all well-portrayed, the actors making them feel like real people in search of their own 15 minutes of fame. It's somewhat ironic that Amy Weber, who plays Kyra, actually went on to be one of those flash in the pan types herself. Too bad, as she's actually quite solid here. The authenticity of the characters makes the brutal gore harder to take than it normally would be. The first death in the film, for instance, not only took me by total surprise, but it was disturbing to watch as the victim slowly succumbed. I didn't even like this particular person, but the brutality and realism, both in character and reaction, managed to get under my skin.

The house makes for a creepy setting, and it oozes a sense of the foreboding right from the start. The film's score also helps, and it should seeing how it sounds quite similar to the masterful music from "Suspiria" at times.

This film took me by surprise and turned out to be one hell of an intense gem in the often generic sea of direct to video horror. It is now a permanent fixture amidst my collection, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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