Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. ... See full summary »
In the small town of Stone Cove, Maine, deputy sheriff Dwayne Hopper is on the night shift at the police station. He discovers that one of the prisoners in the holding cell is Ronald ... See full summary »
Four young adult siblings try to fend for themselves after the mysterious death of their parents. But they harbor some dark secrets which include abducting and killing strangers, and ... See full summary »
It's ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at the age of six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery...until now.
R. Brandon Johnson,
Skye Rotter is finally ready to put her bloody past behind her. Just when she's heading off to college, though, she receives an unexpected call from her estranged sister, Alex. There's one ... See full summary »
In Louisiana, while driving on the State Route 53, Emily has a car accident. Her boyfriend Bobby and their friends Clare, Dmitriy and Jude find that she had hit a stranger. When they see an ambulance on the road, they ask for help and the attendants bring them to the Mercy Hospital. The nurse Marian asks Bobby to go to the exam room. When Emily tries to get information about her boyfriend, she meets Dr. David Benway that tells her the Bobby is all right. But sooner Emily unravels a dark city about Dr. Benway and his team. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(at around 1h 8 mins) A brief glimpse of a wall sign as Emily runs up a flight of stairs shows the letters to be backwards, indicating that the shot was reversed. See more »
La Boheme - Si Mi Chiamano Mimi
by Giacomo Puccini Mirella Freni, soprano
The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Courtesy of PLM Music under exclusive license from Gostelradiofond, R.F.
Published by Classics of America
ASCAP See more »
I can't say I had much hope for this one and I must confess I mainly watched it thinking it might be amusingly bad. More fool me, for this is in many respects quite a gnarly film. The duo behind it, Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson had previously worked on scripts for movies which didn't impress me much, but in the directors chair, Gierasch does very well, keeping a dark, edgy mood for much of the first half of the film and letting things go nuts in the latter. The story sees some young adults who have a road accident and land up in a freaky hospital, where as one might expect, things go very wrong. For b picture veteran Robert Patrick plays the head doctor and Jenette Goldstein is the head nurse, and anyone familiar with the former from such roles as T1000 in Terminator 2 or the latter as Diamondback from the great Near Dark can tell that this ain't no ordinary hospital. Without going into details, things get very nasty. There's grue and some sinister sights right from the get go, enhanced by the creepy setting and some Argento style lighting and direction tricks. Then things get pretty savage and there are some good tense moments as well as some pretty mean goings on. In theory this could have been really mighty but it's held back by the writing and characterisation. None of the good characters are very fleshed out or sympathetic beyond their plight, so whilst the actors do their best its hard to care about them. Plus the bad characters are caricatured and bar Jenette Goldstein's convincingly bossy, imperious nurse not too interesting. Robert Patrick's doctor could have been a great mad scientist (named Dr Benway in a cool Naked Lunch reference) but while his motive is clear, its never explained why the specific things he does will help him achieve his goal. Hence a lot of the time it seems like the gore scenes have no point beyond shocking the audience and this gets kinda obnoxious. Also, the tone wavers between sheer grimness and sick humour but the mixture is too much in favor of the grim for the humour to leave more than a bad taste and work against the overall effectiveness of the film. There are some funny lines but they don't work with the mean spiritedness. These issues come to the fore in the second half, which largely abandons the earlier chills in favor of going for brutality and by the end much of the entertainment value has seeped away. I don't have a total downer on this film, since it is impressively nasty, with ace gore effects and it is on the whole well directed. I'd recommend it to gore hounds and to an extent to fans of the aforementioned genre stars. Its as gruesome as any of the recent crop of Hostel/Saw type titles but I craved better characters and a more developed story, especially since the story and setting had tons of potential. Still, don't let me put you off, it went down a treat at the screening I saw so watch it if it seems like your kind of thing.
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