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Ankle Biters (2002)

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Michael Moore ...
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Jim Holcomb ...
Don Burgess ...
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Ryan Hall ...
Marcus Thompson ...
Wayne Traynham ...
Matt Arnde ...
Otis Lucky ...
Tyrell Petty ...
Jaime Burch ...
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Three feet tall! Two inch fangs!



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Rated R for language and violence




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This is the one. It doesn't get worse than this.
24 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I felt I owed it to the site to review the worst movie I have in my collection. I first watched it many months ago, and felt I needed to watch it again in order to do it justice. Now, you may have gathered by now that I actually like bad movies. It's not just a curiosity, I actually enjoy sitting and giggling away at the ineptness of them. So why is it that it took me two days to psyche myself up to watch it, and even as I placed it into the DVD player I was repeating to myself ... "it's only a movie, it's only a movie, it's only a movie"? The most obvious thing that hits you when you see this movie is the concept. Midget vampires. Surely this is a surefire winner, for a small Indy flick such as this? A bit of gore, a touch of comedy, plenty to work with to create a piece of entertaining trash. How did it go so horribly wrong? This is a movie that has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It is inept on so many levels, that you will start to see levels you didn't even know existed in a movie. Even the title itself is pretty inaccurate. Yes, the midgets do go for your ankles, but they also equally will go for any part of the body except your neck. Generic body part biters would be more accurate. Less catchy perhaps, but more accurate. But answer this. If you were a midget vampire, surely the best place to bite a regular sized human would be around the waist area? It would save you from having to crawl around on the floor so much. After all, you're a midget, not an idiot. Besides there would be more blood there than your ankles.

So the main character, is a puny, white version of Blade. He's a half-breed vampire, a descendant of the last tall vampire (who shagged his granny). And so he has decided, for some reason to be a good guy, and kill midget vampires. He has great quips, and lines, such as "Hey.. shorty" or "Hey ... short-stuff". Occasionally he will take off his glasses to show you he is wearing those silly contact lenses that make your eyes look like cats eyes. Then there is his annoying sidekick. Something I have learnt from this movie is that if a midget is human, it is necessary for him to be a smart arse. however it's possibly worth it just for the scene where T-bone picks up Blade and spins him about. Possibly the only comedic moment in the entire film. As for the rest of the characters, you will come to the end of the movie not even knowing their names, even if you cared, because the sound quality of this film is so bad that you could do better with a home camcorder . I was having to fight with the volume consistently as it shifted between people talking close up, people talking far away and the sound effects that were obviously added in afterwards. To add to this, there is an overlay of music that is a cross between rap, Heavy Metal, Techno and country. Four extremes of music mashed together to make one horrific soundtrack.

The movie tries it's best to dispel any common myths about vampires, (although no mention of why they live in redneck country). If you try to stab a vampire with a wooden steak, they will "take it out and shove it up your ass". They have sensitive eyes, but don't explode in sunlight, don't hate garlic, have reflections and "if you ask me if I can turn into a bat, I'll knock your ass across the room". glad we cleared that one up. I was starting to get worried for a second. Yet at the same time brings a whole new myth that makes no sense whatsoever. Apparently the only way to kill a vampire is to inject it with vampire blood. unless, that is, your 're a half breed vampire, in which case it makes you stronger, and makes your ears morph and go pointier. Much better than the turning into a bat thing.

Moving onto the action, if you can call it that. How has the director managed to make a pub fight, with loads of fighters boring? It should be easy, punches flying, people flying, glass smashing, no problem. Yet this is the slowest, most badly organised punch up I have ever seen. The punches are obviously missing, the throws are obviously being assisted by the victims jumping, and everyone seems to stop after each attack, trying to work out who's turn it is next. The average amount of punching it takes to beat up someone else is one punch per person. Other 'action' sequences don't get much better, with the same, unique ineptness showing through at every angle.

In reviewing 'ankle biters' I feel I have barely scraped the surface of it's badness. I haven't even mentioned the vampires squeaky 'Gremlin' laugh, or the midget Bill Cosby. Then there's the fact that tall vampires can't talk, but like to kill people with broomsticks for fun, not food. Or the monotonous tone in which every line is mis-delivered with a two to three second gap between each one, filled out with awkward staring. And also the fact that a lap dance is always out of the question.

In Conclusion I think I can conclusively say that this movie is a lot more painful that 'Manos the hands of Fate'. This is the worst movie I have ever seen. Please don't make me watch it again, please, please!

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