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Shelf Life (2004)

R | | Horror | April 2005 (USA)
Martin job is to hunt and destroy human like parasites who feast on mankind.

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Martin
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Ben
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Julie
Earl Pastko ...
Old Man
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Tanya
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Frank
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Duncan
Chris Lawrence ...
Stick
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Wino
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Bill
Gerald Varga ...
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Amy
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April
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Pharmacist
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Woman at Car Accident
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Martin Remaro while in hot pursuit of evil is hit by a car. Ben and Julie the occupants of the car are convinced to flee the scene of the accident and take him home. Instead they take him to there place. Through a turn of events they come to discover that Martin is a very troubled man. Wanting him out of their home they agree to collect the drugs needed to help heal his wounds. Through the people they come into contact with while purchasing the drugs they come to understand that he is a very sick man that needs help and that they are in danger. Written by Anonomys

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vampire | decapitation | See All (2) »

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Death holds no dominion. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Subhuman  »

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CAD 250,000 (estimated)
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A good screenplay harmed by a low-budget
24 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Martin, a man who hunts parasitic vampire-like beings, invades a couple's apartment and tells them that the creatures are after him, and unless the happy young couple fight back, they'll die. This independent horror film, made for a slim 250,000 Canadian dollars, has the typical problems you'd expect from a film of this caliber—poor special effects, at times uneven acting, and somewhat amateurish look. It is, however, surprisingly well-written, and had the film had a bigger budget could have been very good. While lead actor William MacDonald gives a decent performance, the other principal actors, Bryce McLaughlin and Courtney Kramer, were often below-average and made the otherwise good dialogue seem wooden and forced. Writer/director Mark Tuit has done alright considering his low-budget, though several scenes appeared to be shot on DV and thus look cheap. His fore is clearly writing—the script is intelligent and interesting, and there were several genuine surprises here and there. I hope Tuit pens more horror films in the future; his script here exhibits more intelligence than about 70% of the crap Hollywood produces. The special effects are cheaply done and usually unconvincing, though there is a LOT of gore here (decapitations, anyone?).

With a bigger budget this could have been a fine horror flick. The script was there but the resources weren't; as a result the film looks and feels like a low-budget cheapie at times. Still better than average though.

6/10.


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