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Sit down. Relax. Get eaten.
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Over a long holiday weekend, unable to escape the confines of their sorority house, a handful of unsuspecting... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Unfunny comedic elements drag this film down. See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Hengst ... The Cook

Makinna Ridgway ... Amy

Kit Paquin ... Bunny

Penny Vital ... Anastasia (as Penny Drake)

Nina Fehren ... Brooke

Noelle Kenney ... Autumn

Brooke Lenzi ... Kristen
Justine Marino ... Pam
Stefanie Solano ... Michelle

Allen Yates ... Lance
Jackson Sowell ... Jimmy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bonomo ... Frat Brother #1
Dan Butler ... Detective In Charge
Justin B. James ... Frat Brother #2
Denny Kaltreider ... Forensic Specialist
Keith Lewis ... Police Officer #2

Roy Oraschin ... Doctor GQ
Daniela Romay ... Sorority Girl #2
Josie Yount ... Sorority Girl #1
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Directed by
Gregg Simon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas Bonomo 
Francisco Rodriguez 
Dirk Van Fleet 

Produced by
Emily Bonomo .... producer
Nicholas Bonomo .... executive producer
Rene Garza Aldape .... executive producer
Cameron R. Penn .... line producer
Dirk Van Fleet .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Brian Crane 
 
Film Editing by
Nicholas Bonomo 
Dirk Van Fleet 
 
Casting by
Emily Bonomo 
Dirk Van Fleet 
 
Production Design by
Dan Whifler 
 
Art Direction by
Rebekah Bell 
 
Set Decoration by
Valerie Brenci 
 
Costume Design by
Laura Galli 
 
Makeup Department
Jaime Gruber .... makeup artist
Felvi Hernando .... hair stylist
Myrna Powell .... key hair stylist
Lufeng Qu .... makeup department head
Miho Yonemaru .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Galli .... assistant production manager
Cameron R. Penn .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cassandra B. Laymon .... first assistant director
David Jedidiah Rose .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Fast .... property master
John Galli .... art department assistant
Joyce Yeich .... lead person
 
Sound Department
Rene Garza Aldape .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel S. McCoy .... production sound mixer
Francisco Rodriguez .... sound re-recording mixer
Francisco Rodriguez .... supervising sound editor
Steven Schwedt .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Berger .... gaffer
Josh Boggs .... best boy grip
Kenneth M. Chernow .... best boy electric
Jay Guffey .... electrician
Alexandra Hursh-Cesar .... electrician
Emerson Jaco .... grip
Marcos O. Lopez .... camera operator
Kenneth Marc .... best boy electric
Seth Orozco .... first assistant camera
Theo Pingarelli .... camera operator
Robin Rudenberg .... second assistant camera (as Robin Morton)
Ron Schlaeger .... camera operator
Kevin G. Shipley .... key grip
Kenichiro Tanaka .... first assistant camera
Jonathon Wagner .... grip
Alvarez Wortham .... grip
 
Casting Department
Brian A Miller .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Servera Jr. .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Jim Ervin .... music producer: original songs
Alejandro Valencia .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Erin Casteel .... script supervisor
Miguel Cima .... production assistant
 

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Unfunny comedic elements drag this film down., 23 October 2008
Author: FrightMeter from FrightMeter.Com

Merging genres in a film is never an easy thing to do. The filmmaker runs the risk of losing his/her intended message or focus. This is never more true when we are taking about the horror and comedy genres. The two are so completely opposite of each other that it is nearly impossible to pull off a horror-comedy effectively. Sure, there are examples of getting right, but there are definitely more examples of getting it wrong. "The Cook" doesn't get it wrong, so to speak, but would have been a much better, more effective film had he director completely eliminated the comedic elements of the film.

We are introduced to a typical college sorority house. It is break time, and several of the girls decide to stick around the house and have their own little celebration. At the same time, a new cook arrives. Now, this is the first puzzling element of the film; the sorority house is no bigger than a typical two story house. It does not appear to be that fancy of a college campus, judging by the house and its surroundings, so why or how on earth do they have their own personal Hungarian cook??? Ahhh....tuition money well spent, I suppose. Also, where does he stay, since he always seems to be there? Would a sorority house really hire a male chef to stay with the girls alone over a break? Anyway, The Cook ends up being a homicidal maniac and begins to off the sorority sisters one by one and use them in his recipes. Yes, he serves the dead girls to their sorority sisters in various forms, including hamburgers and barbecue.

The Good: The film is at its best when it is working as a horror film. The Cook is a creepy killer and the death scenes pretty brutal and unrelenting. The killings are very reminiscent of the kills we saw in the early "Friday the 13th" sequels and the other more gory entries into the 80's slasher genre, which is probably on purpose, as one scene has two characters talking about a death scene in "Friday the 13th Part 4" as the film intercuts a female victim is being killed in the exact same manner by The Cook. The direction is pretty competent, particularly during the death scenes, and the acting a tad above average. The film did manage to keep my attention and didn't drag in any parts.

The Bad: The film is at its worse when it is working as a comedy. The characters are complete clichés and the screenwriter tries to use this alone to provide comic relief. There is badly written banter between some of the girls and a completely unnecessary subplot involving the resident "badass-lesbian" who seduces the innocent, bible-thumping religious girl. In fact, the screenwriter must have a thing for lesbianism, because there are several unnecessary scenes of girl-on-girl action, as if this a normal thing in sororities. Still, the comedic tones to the film (and they are present) really, at least for me, killed the pacing and effectiveness of the movie. Again, The Cook is such a brutal killer (except when the writer is apparently trying to have him be funny by blabbering and saying stupid stuff in Hungarian) that this could have really been a kick-ass slasher film. Instead, after any brutal kill, there are bad moments of comic relief. The dailogue is clunky, the characters complete clichés and underdeveloped. There is no final confrontation between killer and final girl and the ending is too predictable and unsatisfying.

Another horror-comedy that should have just been strictly horror. Take the comedic element out of this film and you actually have a pretty decent, gory, slasher film. However, as is, the comedic elements diminish the films tone and effectiveness and aren't even all the funny to begin with. Average at best, but had the potential to be much better.

FrightMeter Grade: C

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