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Scar (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Thriller  |  10 April 2008 (Russia)
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Joan Burrows returns to her hometown for her niece's graduation, only to be confronted by the serial killer she thought she offed years ago -- after he kidnapped and tormented her and killed her best friend.

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Joan Burrows
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Teenage Joan
Tegan Moss ...
Susie
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Bishop
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Jeff
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Olympia
Monika MarLee ...
Sandra (as Monika Mar-Lee)
Bill Baksa ...
Melvin
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Brian
Jeryn Church ...
Party Girl
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Paul
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April
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Howard
James D. Hopkin ...
Mr. Watts
Emma Duncan ...
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While driving to her hometown Ovid, Colorado, to visit her sheriff brother Jeff and niece Olympia, Joan Burrows recalls her traumatic experience with best friend Susie when they were teenagers. Joan and Susie, smoking pot in a cemetery, decided to snoop on Bishop the caretaker at the funeral home. Joan falls and hurts her knee, so Bishop, having found them, invites the girls inside to clean the wound. Soon they are sedated with chloroform and submitted to a cruel torture - a sick game where Bishop tells each girl to ask him to kill the other to stop their own suffering. When a copycat killer starts killing Olympia's classmates, Joan tells police that Bishop is back (or someone who looks just like him) but nobody believes her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff

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Rated R for sadistic bloody violence and torture, language, some drug use and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Bishop dispenses chloroform from a clear bottle. Chloroform doesn't come in clear bottles because sunlight makes it unstable. That's why it's always sold in brown or amber bottles. See more »

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Sandra: We have now officially popped your body-piercing cherry.
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References The Wolf Man (1941) See more »

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Is It Goin' Down?
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A horror movie that stands out.
28 February 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

During the intro credits we learn from newspaper headlines that a bunch of teens were killed by a mad mortician. In the present, a woman named Joan with a nasty scar on her face visits her family. In flashbacks we find out how she ended up scarred. As a teen girl she and a friend of hers ended up spying around a funeral house. They got caught and were invited in by the mortician to whom young Joan is attracted. The mortician is indeed twisted and has the girls play a nasty little torture game. He will keep mutilating one girl until she begs him to stop and kill the other girl instead.

Back in the present, the town is celebrating all sorts of festivities. Suddenly some of the teens, friends of Joan's niece Olympia, start disappearing. Joan keeps having nightmares, memories, flashbacks of the mad mortician. She has a hunch that things are not as the appear, it feels all too familiar, even though the funeral home is now turned into a horror museum. Olympia in the meantime is falling for a shy guy; her father is the town's sheriff. Joan gets herself in trouble with the law as she turns up at the scenes of the crimes just as law enforcement arrives. Because she keep investigating, she eventually finds herself yet again involved in the torture game.

This movie is quite outstanding compared to most formulaic and sanitized horror flicks. There are really two stories here, that could have made for 2 movies. The story taking place in the past, which is also the more interesting one, is focused more on the horror and gore, and it's pretty horrific stuff. It also stands out because of Brittney Wilson's excellent performance. She plays young Jane, is a very cute girl, and gives one of the best victim performances I've seen. Her screams and cries of agony are very believable. Kirby Bliss Blanton performance as Olypmia, in turn, makes the story taking place in the present interesting. The director is particularly good in portraying teenage dialogue and relationships.

This movie does not look good though, the coloring, mostly yellow/brown, is gimmicky, distracting, and pointless- it makes things look unreal instead of making the torture seem real. Sounds is excellent. The story and the twists were good. This isn't just about torture for torture's sake. There are some interesting death scenes- my favorite a death using some vacuuming device used by morticians that is plunged into a living persons abdomen, to well, suck out their guts. Other effects are very well done and realistic, not CGI, fortunately. I'm not so thrilled about the casting of Angela Bettis. She in a way is suited for the part of the troubled and traumatized victim. But when she's on screen, things become less interesting and watchable.

This movie stands out because of a good and rich story, some great performances by attractive girls, realistic gore effects, and a welcome cruder and bloodier approach to horror. Highly recommended.


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