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While driving to her hometown Ovid, Colorado, to visit her brother and
local sheriff Jeff (Christopher Titus) and her niece Olympia (Kirby
Bliss Blanton), Joan Burrows (Angela Bettis) recalls her traumatic
experience with her best friend Susie (Tegan Moss) when they were
teenagers. Joan (Brittney Wilson) and Susie are smoking pot in the
cemetery and decide to snoop the caretaker Bishop (Ben Cotton) in the
funeral home. Joan falls and hurts her knee, and Bishop invites the
girls to enter in the house to clean the wound. Sooner they are sedated
with chloroform and submitted to a cruel torture in a sick game where
Bishop tells each girl to ask to kill the other to stop the suffering.
When a copycat killer kills Olympia's friends, Joan tells the police
officers that Bishop is back but nobody believes in her words. When
Olympia is abducted, Officer Lucas (Chris Nannarone) actually believes
that Joan has abducted her niece and might be the serial-killer.
"Scar" is an impressively gore and sadistic horror movie that follows the style of "Hostel" or "Saw". The story is reasonably well developed through flashbacks, but it is not difficult to guess the identity of the killer; the predictability is due to the few numbers of characters. I am a fan of the cult actress Angela Bettis, but in general the acting is good, highlighting Ben Cotton and Devon Graye. The special effects and make-up seems to be great, but I saw the DVD without the 3-D glasses and the image was completely blurred. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Scar A Marca do Mal" ("Scar The Mark of the Evil")
Saw it today, in Russia it is all over the theaters and to be honest, I wasn't disappointed. Do not expect suspense. Do not expect that much HORROR itself - there was gore, a god awful amount of gory torturing. Angela Bettis was surprisingly not as good as she usually is (May; Girl, Interrupted), but she fit the character pretty well. Bliss Blanton glows and shines, I've never seen her in a movie before, but she was extremely pretty. The plot.. well, it keeps you entertained. And, as I saw it in 3D, I was exited and pleased to see things actually look like they were in front of me, plus the titles and the cast in the intro flying right into your face is pretty spectacular - I found myself smiling as I didn't experience much of 3D action (Spy Kids were not as 3D as this one) and it was nice. Do not expect much, expect a good 3D (no full presence, for Christ's sake, they didn't have an opportunity to suddenly bring three-dimensional to a new absolutely amazing level), expect a gore fest (I found myself turning away in a few scenes, it was gorier than the "Saw" series was") and you won't be disappointed. No masterpiece, pretty enjoyable overall.
How far would you go to save your friend? After finally returning to her hometown after escaping a serial killer, Joan (Bettis) notices things that are all too familiar. This movie goes back and forth between flashbacks and present day. As a teen Joan and her best friend are taken and brutally tortured by a sadistic man. In order to get the torture to stop Joan must tell him to kill her friend. Upon returning to her hometown, Joan begins to witness dead bodies piling up and it seems all too familiar. She begins to wonder if the person she thought she killed years ago is actually dead. Honstly I expected this to be totally lame. It was not that bad. It was very gory, but it also had a plot, which doesn't always go hand-in-hand. The use of flashback is pretty well done. This is not an edge-of-your-seat type movie, but it will keep you watching until the end, as well as keep you entertained. This is another movie this week that surprised me. I give it a B-.
Lets just say I won't be leaping out of my seat and saying this is the
most awesome movie ever, although I did like the movie and it did have
a few unnerving scenes that were tough to look at especially if you're
squeamish, what I mainly don't like is that its just another addition
to the ever popular torture porn trend, if you look at films like SAW &
HOSTEL, this will pretty much seem like a by the numbers gore fest,
that doesn't offer anything new except a collection of gore and some
painful torture scenes, which are painful actually.
The concept itself is pretty good, there was definitely a lot of potential there, and the acting was above par for a film of this standard.
Its good because it certainly has the concept, but in fact its not that great because if you know SAW & HOSTEL, which I'm sure every horror fan knows, this one will feel pretty much by the numbers.
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I usually don't cringe when I watch horror movies but this one made me!
I got the pleasure to see this film in 3-D, so I put on my glasses and
enjoyed the gory mess. The movie is about a woman who was tortured as a
girl and then stuff from her past keeps coming back to her. The story
is not fantastic but it is a great gore movie!!! The scene which Paul
who turns out to be the copycat killer is slicing a characters feet
with a razor blade and you see the flesh peel I had to turn away from
the screen at that point! So if you like Hostel, you'll like this one.
Now I am going to talk about the 3-D aspect of this movie. For being a red and blue 3-D movie it is pretty good. They don't have a lot of things fly out at you except for a stick, a hand, a nude girl holding out a bra and some other little things. I was impressed by the 3-D and enjoyed it so if you get a chance to see it in the way it was suppose to scene you should check it out.
All in all I enjoyed the low-budget movie!
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I usually check a films rating on IMDb out before deciding to watch it.
The rating combined with a few other details (writer, director, actors)
usually helps me decide if its going to be worth my time. Luckily I'm
an Angela Bettis fan or else I would have missed out on this sick
The killer was obvious before anyone had even died and there were some all too familiar horror clichés, but I found many scenes in the film to be brutally disturbing and I'm far from squeamish. Yes it was gory, but anyone who has searched out this film has most likely seen worse. The reason it seemed so brutal was really because of the characters and the situation they were forced into. I found the concept of being tortured until you give the word to kill a friend or family member to be sick and terrifying.
I've seen this movie compared to Hostel, but besides the gore, which was much milder than Hostel, I can't see the similarity at all. In Hostel you had a group of guys I personally couldn't care less about getting methodically tortured. I felt Scar invested more time into its storyline and some, though not all, of its characters which made it even harder to watch when they were viciously tortured and killed.
Bettis did a good job as usual and the film effectively disturbed me which is no easy task. All in all I'd have to say it was a decent little horror flick definitely worth a rainy day viewing.
Mediocre warmed over torture-porn that isn't particularly awful, it's
competent enough. But it's not that compelling I lost interest far
before the boring little grue-fest movie ended. Some of the cast had
been in much better genre film, Angela Bettis in the much superior
"May" and Titus in the cult classic "Killer Klowns from Outer Space",
both of which are much more worthy of your valuable time than this
In the interest of full disclosure, seeing this on Netflix, it obviously wasn't the 3-D version, but I strongly feel it wouldn't affect my scoring of the movie that much
Eye Candy: Kristin Kowalski gets topless
I was putting this movie off due to the low ratings on IMDb and I was
quite surprised on how much I did enjoy this. The main reason I watched
this was for Christopher Titus ( Who I found from comedy specials ) and
was interested in seeing him in a horror movie let alone play a serious
person. He did a great job playing Jeff and I was very impressed how he
went from funny to serious in this movie. Although I figured out the
killer pretty early on I still enjoyed this movie. I do love violence
and gore so that might be why but I did like the actors/actresses as
well. All in all great movie. I give "Scar" an 8 out of 10.
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When i was looking round a local shop for a fun Saw or Friday the 13th
style film,i spotted a very good looking Saw-style cover,that could be
watched in 3-D!.And though it looked like a fun gory type of film,it
ended up being an okay horror film,that is partly let down by being
jaw-droopingly terrible in 3-D The plot:
A woman goes back to her old town for the first time in sixteen years to visit her niece and brother.This is the first time the she has been back to the town since she and her best friend got kidnapped by a serial killer the got them to play a "game",the was that he would use very sharp blades to cut and scar each of them,until one of them tells him to kill the other one.But,even though she has done everything the she can to move on from this in her life,when she comes back to the town,friends of her niece start turning up dead,having been very badly scared,she decides that she has to face her troubles again,and try to find out how the killer has started up again.
View on the film:
The screenplay is by Zack Ford,although Ford keeps the torture set pieces that have now been done to death in these types of film,he is able to do slightly different things with the set up to the story.This is done by not having the main characters being in a group or with there boyfriends,instead they have the main two people in the film be girls that are on there own,the you feel really could be friends.The director is Jed Weintrob,and one of the main things that lets the film down is Weintrob doing Hostel/Saw style deaths with no creativity at all,the makes most of them very unrememberable.And i feel the i have to point out how disappointed i am with the shockingly bad 3-D version of the film,with almost the whole film being in black and white for no reason at all,and the bits of colour the are used in the film (such as a global map in someones bedroom being in colour)have no point at all of being the highlighted parts of the film,which end up making the film look like a very,very bad Sin City.
Final view on the film:
A horror film with a good set up,the is let down by some boring torture scenes and some terrible 3-D filming.
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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