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Simon Says (2006)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  24 September 2006 (USA)
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The pothead Zack; the sweethearts Kate and Riff; the slut Vicky; and the spoiled Ashley travel by van to the backwoods to camp. They meet two strange gravediggers that advise them to leave ... See full summary »

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Simon / Stanley
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Kate
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Zack
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Ashley
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Riff
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Vicky
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Lonnie (as Lori Lynn Lively)
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Sam
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Jenny
Oliver Dear ...
Hitchhiker
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Molly
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Sommer
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Garth
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Sarah
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Will
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The pothead Zack; the sweethearts Kate and Riff; the slut Vicky; and the spoiled Ashley travel by van to the backwoods to camp. They meet two strange gravediggers that advise them to leave the place otherwise they could be murdered. Then they meet the deranged retarded Simon in the gas station and Riff has a friction with the guy. They find a paradisiac spot to camp at the riverside, but Simon and Stanley transform their holiday in a nightmarish night. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You forgot to say..... SIMON SAYS

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for bloody horror violence and gore, drug use, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Evil Twins  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when Zack notices the tripwire and jumps and rolls down the big hill. It's also heard again under the exterior shot of the "Miner Tool and Gear" building shown after the end credits. See more »

Goofs

After Stanley rips open Kate's shirt with a knife, in the next scene she is seen running through the forest and her shirt is buttoned again. See more »

Quotes

Simon: Simon:"You forgot to say 'Simon Says'"
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Crazy Credits

"No dogs were stomped, thrown, or run over by cars (twice), during the making of this motion picture." (Ironically, almost immediately below that text is this: "In Loving Memory of Tofu". Tofu was the dog that played Reggie B in the movie.) See more »

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References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

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So Stay in Love
Written by Kissing Tigers
Performed by Kissing Tigers
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Simon says . . . . this does improve after a poor start.
14 May 2008 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

As Simon Says begins you have plenty to give you cause for concern. First of all, many of the cast members seem to be plucked from the producer's family (just see how many people named Lively are involved)) and then, secondly, we are thrown in with the usual group of stereotypical teens: the jock, the stoner, the prude, the "slutty" girl and one well-balanced, average female. The third thing to get your spidey sense tingling is the bad acting, proudly displayed from the opening scenes onwards and peaking in an almost laughable flashback scene.

And then Crispin Glover appears and the movie begins to redeem itself a little. Glover twitches and wildly overacts almost every time he's on screen but he does so with such gusto that you can't really dislike him for it (and I'm sure that his fans will love it if they can stand the surrounding movie). It's miles away from his wonderful performance in the remake of Willard but it's just as entertaining for totally different reasons.

Not long after Glover's initial appearance comes the movie's other saving grace, some enjoyably daffy death scenes complete with over the top gore. Neither the deaths themselves nor the great effects are the best you will see but they are fun for fans and, commendably, manage not to look TOO fake most of the time (although the "death by joint" scene does look very fake but is too funny to properly criticise).

As I am reviewing the movie I guess I should take the time to mention the slight plot. It's all about murderous twins, Simon and Stanley, played by Glover and just serves to let us know that everyone on screen is about to be put in jeopardy sooner or later. It's passable enough, attempting the odd twist here and there while never straying too far from the level of "dumb no-brainer" and I've certainly seen worse in the slasher subgenre.

Top things off with a surprisingly good, and deliciously dark, ending and you have a film that actually claws it's way from an ignominious beginning to become watchable fun.

See this if you like: Sleepaway Camp 2, Crispin Glover, The Greenskeeper.


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