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I believe the WHITE DOG SACRIFICE was intended to be a thriller, but at
the same time didn't take itself too seriously as one. And this was its
saving grace, (take the tree falling on the scary native for instance).
These infrequent quips of satire along with a steady flow of comic
relief (provided by the character 'Rob') made this movie more than just
watch-able; it was funny. Yet, it still managed to produce the
occasional jolt. Okay, it wasn't "The Ring", but what is important is
that it didn't try to be. The plot is good, it is easy to follow and it
doesn't leave you wondering: "why the hell did he or she do that? (As
so many 'scary movies' seem to do). To commemorate this further, the
scene where 'Simon' takes off in the boat only to fall prey to the
minion of 'Pilot John' was well constructed, and was a unique catalyst
for the impending doom of the other campers.
Contrary to the previous review, I will say that this movie did live up to its description and to its trailer. A healthy combination of summer flings, mixed in with an ancient Indian legend, and a psychotic, temperamental old man paved the way for some-what expected, yet original misfortunes to befall the characters. But I am not saying that these 'misfortunes' or the ending were entirely predictable, so I give it credit in that regard as well. However, I will also say that the pace of the movie could have been faster at times. One thing that might have helped in this regard could have been more intense scenes with the large native guy...this might have reduced the seemingly long intervals between his appearances.
All in all, I enjoyed this movie. However, if you rent it with the intention of scaring the crap out of yourself, you'll be disappointed. I would definitely recommend this movie to those who enjoyed 'Wrong Turn'.
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if i could use one word to describe this movie,it would be:disconcerting.not really scary,but there was a slight air of unease hovering over the film.the acting was surprisingly okay,and the premise was an interesting one:50 years ago,two children disappeared, a young boy and a young girl.the girl's remains were found,but the boy was never seen again.it was rumoured that he was possessed by a local Indian tribe which may have killed the girl as part of a ritual to stop a severe drought.originally the natives apparently used a white dog in their ritual,(hence the title)rather than humans.no reason is given as to why they would then kill a girl instead.flash forward to present time.five people are sharing a cabin in the same remote location where the girl's body had been found found.I'll leave it at that.the one really annoying problem with this film is the soundtrack.every once in awhile a rock song would startup,which sounded as if the so called band would fail to make the grade as a bar band in the worst fleabag bar in existence.there were at least four occurrences of this,and each band was as horrible as the last.add to that the music does not fit the movie in any way.i'm suspecting the filmmakers hired the band as a favour to someone.it is this element which nearly sinks the movie into "B" movie oblivion.the other problem was the stupid and unsatisfying ending. i'll give this a 5*/10
Although, I have to agree that the movie was little low budget, for what M. Flaman did in such a short period of time and with a $100,000 budget, wasn't too bad for his first movie. The plot of this movie was a good one and I can see what his intentions were. He had a good story going, I just found that the movie progressed a little slowly. Instead of throwing in a ton of gore, horror, etc... I found that most of the movie was a build-up of suspense toward a twisted, yet clever, ending. In my opinion, he was trying to show us the background behind each of the characters and throw in some side-stories in order to allow us to slowly put the pieces of the plot together. Some of the corky one-liners weren't too bad either. The movie did have a lot of filler, in the sense that, instead of focusing on actual horrific events/scenes, it seemed to over-explain the sub-plot of the story (a bunch of teenagers/young adults getting themselves into ridiculous situations while camping on a lake). I also didn't really enjoy how a lot of the scenes cut-out. I get that he was trying to build suspense, but a little blood in a horror movie doesn't hurt. I did enjoy the ending very much. It tied up MOST of the loose ends in the story. If the whole movie were more like the ending, it for sure would have gone places. I will definitely watch for this writers/directors future projects.
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To start with, the story idea was great, but the movie turned out to be a complete washout. Earlier reviews have already covered its pain areas. The DVD artwork/plot description being attractive enough, I recommend viewers to switch subtitles ON, fast forward it on speed 1 or 2, and you won't miss much and minimize frustration. There is no horror in watching the actors in a continuous loop of talking/bickering, fishing, walking through woods, with random bursts of songs in unrelated scenes, AND not a single white dog throughout this boring marathon. The lovely location (lake/woods) is thoroughly wasted too. The 5 min. appearance of the one night friend was to lead up to the sacrifice. If he hadn't scared Simon into getting lost in the woods (and then found & hypnotized by the Indian), the rest of them wouldn't have been separated and killed off one by one so conveniently. Didn't get the ending though knowing that your friends are missing, how can these guys sit in the cabin instead of searching for them? And who the heck is Cam - identified as one of the four found dead with Jason, Kim and Kenny. Rob's body is not accounted for and Simon is (as we know) the hypnotized killer. So shouldn't they have searched for Rob/his body? The "surprise twists" and oversimplifications ruined this movie. Handled well, it could have been a worthwhile suspense thriller.
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The White Dog Sacrifice is set at Snake Lake just outside the Indian
Reservation & northern farming community of Minden, three teen lads
Jason (Jonathan Cherry), Ken (Matt Murray) & Simon (Steve Arbuckle) are
given the exclusive & free use of John's lakeside log cabin. John flies
them up there in his plane only to discover two people already there, a
photographer named Kim (Kathleen Munroe) & her friend Rob (Christian
Potenza) who were staying there & get invited to stay longer with the
lad's. However things turn sinister as a dead body is found floating in
Snake Lake & they start to mysteriously disappear, could it have
anything to do with old ancient Indian legends?
This Canadian production was written & directed by Michael Flaman this is an awful film which is some sort of horrible mix of comedy, horror & thriller. The script is terrible, the character's are awful as is the dialogue, the story is awful & nothing, & I mean virtually nothing happens for it's entire duration. There's a stupid opening sequence (we know it's set in the past because it's in black and white) & for the remainder of the film it's just these annoying teens doing annoying things, speaking terrible dialogue, making stupid decisions & generally irritating the viewer a lot before a truly awful so-called twist ending which turns out to the most obvious way to end the film. I mean even if the makers had sat down & said to themselves 'how can we end this thing in a really predictable way' they couldn't have come up with a more lacklustre & frankly unsurprising climax which is also terrible besides being obvious. What about that dead body they fished out of the annoyingly named Snake Lake? They seemingly totally forget about him, how he died, how he got into Snake Lake & who he was, but then again the makers didn't think small things like explaining major points of the plot was that important so why should we complain? The White Dog Sacrifice (there isn't a single white dog in it much less the comparative excitement of a sacrifice) is a really terrible film, I'm sorry but nothing works, it will put you to sleep, there are major plot holes, the script is terrible, the character's are awful & I cannot stress how boring & uneventful it is.
Director Flaman does OK, at least the film looks competent & isn't anywhere as cheap looking as a lot of recent low budget horror films. Surprisingly he shoots in full 2:35:1 widescreen although he does nothing with it. The lack of blood & gore is alarming, I would go as far as to say that there isn't a single drop of blood in the entire film, not a single drop. All of the death's occur off screen & there's absolutely no horror here at all, it's not scary (showing a unseen man chop a tree down with an axe is not scary or mysterious), there's no atmosphere & there are sequences which don't make sense. The nighttime scene when Simon runs off with the boat is one, nothing is made clear & you can barely understand what has happened.
Technically the film is alright, compared to a lot of low budget horror crap to turn up on DVD lately it's not too bad but that's simply not enough, Christ this will put most people to sleep if it doesn't bore them to death first. The acting is average although the comedy relief guy Rob is both awful & irritating in equal measure.
The White Dog Sacrifice is a terrible film if you can really call it that, it's some awful horror, thriller & comedy mix that just fails on every level. Absolutely terrible & definitely not recommended.
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I rented this at my local video store mainly due to the neat box art &
the plot description on back, I couldn't find any reviews for it on the
site so I decided to see it anyway. The film opens in 1952 detailing
the kidnapping of two children & then the found remains of one of them.
It turns out that some spooky native guy killed the kid turned the
other into a killer like himself, they wind up disappearing never to be
seen again...Skip ahead into present day and we now have three college
guys renting out a cabin in those very same woods where the crime was
committed, but find that they must now share the cabin with a young
girl & her friend. It hasn't rained for days & in order to make it rain
again, there has to be so many bodies sacrificed to the gods, and soon
the killer comes calling...bumping them off one by one. I can assure
you that this movie is nowhere near as fun as the plot description made
it sound! This movie was an absolute disgrace! THE WHITE DOG SACRIFICE
has nothing remotely interesting to offer, it's slow moving, suspense
less, bloodless, it's so slow in fact that one has to wait a good hour
before anything happens & even then it's not worth it! all the kills
are off screen (usually the killers hand will reach out & grab them) so
what happens before the killings? well were forced to view endless
scenes of the guys fishing, talking & joking, then more fishing, then
more joking, then a little walk around the woods, a little more
fishing...I mean it got on my nerves after a while (If I see one more
scene of these guys fishing...) the score was a bit decent in places &
the scenery looked good, but the film makers never took advantage of
any of this, THE WHITE DOG SACRIFICE could have been an extraordinary &
very scary horror film, simply because there was so much here to make
it so, but sadly it's not, this is just one long boring horror film
that should never have been made. The supposed twist ending is neither
shocking nor interesting, I mean you could sleep through the whole
movie & not miss a thing! since there is nothing memorable or scary
happening throughout the entire movie. There is also a scene where one
of their friends arrives late the next day, he pulls a joke on his
friends & then has a screen time of about five minutes before hopping
into a plane with the pilot who visits the kids to take them home, What
the heck was this? what purpose did this dude serve to the story? it
seemed to me that he was just inserted into the movie to extend the
running time, the characters were annoying & were very stupid people,
gee when a couple of people go missing & are never seen for a whole day
& the possibilities are strong that they could have been murdered, what
do you do? take off with the pilot & save yourself or take pot luck
that you will be alive when he returns to the camp site in three days?
well this one guy stays hoping that his friends will show up, even
after he spots a corpse of a murdered man floating in the water! what a
clod! Please do not rent this movie, take my word for it, you are not
missing anything here, don't do what I did & miss 86 minutes of your
life, there is nothing at all in this that makes it remotely
entertaining or interesting, trust me even if you are bored & think
this may just pass the time, don't see it, count the tiles on you're
bathroom walls to see if there's any new ones, look at you're bedroom
ceiling & see if there are any new cracks in it, believe me when I tell
you this, you'll have a far more entertaining time then sitting down to
watch this movie, it's really that boring & not even good for a laugh!
The box art is & looks like a shameful rip-off of the box art used for
THE HOWLING: NEW MOON RISING & like that film, this one stinks just as
much as it does!
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