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In this edited-down version of "New Terminal Hotel", screenwriter Don
Malek (Stephen Geoffreys, Fright Night, 976-Evil, and quiet possibly
one of the worst horror film I've ever seen Mr. Hush), still smarting
from his girlfriend being murdered, decides to get vengeance while
holed up in a seedy motel room andkeeping a powerful movie producer
drugged up in the bathtub. Tiffany Shepis is (former Tromette) Ava, his
heavily put-upon agent who becomes an unwitting accessory in the
macabre little game he's playing. Oh and Corey Haim has a small cameo
for no reason whatsoever.
It's a slowly paced film and I'd only label it horror loosely. However, seeing this after Don's film, Mr.Hush, it can't help but appear to be a better film, if only by default. Worth what I paid to watch it (for the sake of transparency, I get four free rentals from Redbox Instant per month, this is the first one I picked for August) but if you've paid more than me, you'll likely to be horribly disappointed. The film is disjointed, awkward, slow and not particularly engaging.
Eye Candy: Danielle Fortwangler gets topless, Tara Sukustis shows T&A
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New Terminal Hotel is a film about a writer who explores the dark side of murder while living in a seedy hotel. Various characters come into his life and he disposes of them one by one. Tiffany Shepis plays the Writers Agent, constantly snooping around looking for his latest, greatest script, Eventually she gets too close and gets implicated in his crimes. Some good performances by various cast members create an interesting film with a good brutal conclusion. Corey Haim plays once of the writers victims, his role in the film is really painful to watch cause of his really bad British accent and I was actually quite glad he dies so I didn't have to suffer through much of it. Stephen Geoffreys plays the writer/killer and is pretty solid. Watch Erza Buzzington, he really rips up the screen with his performance, and has some of the best lines in the whole film. Overall it was a good waste of 90 min.
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The first time we see writer Don Malek (Stephen Geoffreys who bears a
resemblance to actor Andy Serkis), he is brutally torturing his boss
Stanley Glissberg (Anthony Colliano), who is bound and naked in an ice
filled bathtub. We're not sure why this is happening. The accompanying
soundtrack sounds like the swarming of a hundred electronic bees.
Malek stays at this hotel because the ambiance is beneficial to his writing. His agent is Ava Collins (Tiffany Shepis) whose every sentiment is littered with so many profanities, she (possibly inadvertently) provides this strange, dark film with its few moments of raw humour. As time goes on, she is revealed not to be quite the stabilising influence on Malek she initially seems.
The small budget and direction conspire to give the hotel a pleasingly run-down atmosphere. The walls are permanently stained and there is clutter throughout, and Malek's neighbour Spitz (Ezra Buzzington, who would give an effective performance in 2012's 'Lost Lake') is a rampant sexual, permanently furious paraplegic.
Corey Hiam, who died in 2010, also features as a drunkard called Jasper Crash, inexplicably with a (bad) British accent. Other than that, he is surprisingly effective, Crash's wrecked disposition sadly reflective Hiam's own at that time.
This collection of grotesque characters helps imbue 'New Terminal Hotel' with a heightened sense of the macabre, so much so that the characters, no matter how finely explored, remain raw and enigmatic. This gives the film a truly odd, skewed sense of horror that is commendable for resulting in a production unlike anything else. Definitely an acquired taste, and deserving of more than just one viewing.
Released as 'New Terminal Hotel' in 2010, this met with little fanfare and was re-released as 'Do Not Disturb' three years later.
There should be an extra tax for abysmal theatrical productions. This
was a wretched waste of time. My senses want to be compensated for the
time spent on this.
Since there is a requirement for how long a review should be I decided to think if there was any good walk aways from this flic. I guess the fact that it started off a bit confusing but with enough plot development that it kept my attention long enough to watch more was a promising thing. But soon after I realized that I was only sticking around for disappointment. Others may find this as something interesting or entertaining enough with which to pass the time. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.
Don Maleck (Stephen Geoffreys) is a revered Hollywood screenwriter who
hasn't hacked out a script in quite some time. When agent Ava Collins
(Tiffany Shepis) approaches Don in his skid row apartment to demand his
latest pages, she discovers he's been getting into the mindset of
serial killers for his latest script by becoming one. Rather than
ratting him out, Ava decides to use Don's new hobby to her advantage.
The reviews here on IMDb are a bit befuddling - it's certainly not the utter crapfest that most have made it out to be. The film is talky with a plodding pace (it sorta has the feel of a stage play), but if you're looking for brutality and gore, it occasionally delivers the goods. And as for the talk, there's a lot of fun, pithy dialogue. Tony Award nominee Geoffreys (in his first lead role since 1988's "976-EVIL") gives a great performance and infuses the character with his patented brand of pathos; and Shepis matches him beat-for-beat, making her sleazy character downright lovable. Across the board, the rest of the acting is decent as well -- the weakest link is an obviously strung-out Corey Haim in a minor role (sporting a hokey Australian accent)... and even he isn't too bad.
I saw "Do Not Disturb" since the original version, "New Terminal Hotel," was yanked from circulation when RLJ Entertainment issued it on DVD. I'd like to see the original because it feels like there's something major missing in the truncated version (according to amazon's defunct listing, "Terminal" ran an extra 12 minutes). It's not much of a spoiler to say that Don is initially motivated to kill to avenge his girlfriend's death (this is made clear in the first scene) but that plot point seems to suffer in the edited version.
No, it's not particularly groundbreaking, but the film is a solid entry in the low-budget indie revenge-horror genre - and if you like Geoffreys (who spent too many years on the outer fringes of Hollywood), I'd certainly recommend it.
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I just have to get this on DVD; what a hoot! Of course, I know nothing
about reviewing movies, but I had a good bit of fun watching this one,
so I thought I'd share a couple of thoughts.
The music made me think of drive-in B-movies, as did some of the dialog in certain places where the voices seemed to be bouncing back and forth in a tunnel. Other than that I liked the story and the characters, quirks and all, even though some of the acting seemed a little off at times.
And then there's a grown-up and often serious "Hoag", really doing a good job playing a psychopath perfectly, right down to being unsuspectable (is that a word?).
The ending made me bust out laughing with sheer joy. Need I say more? How about this: take a chance on this one if you liked the 'fun' tone of "Good Fellas", even though the two flicks have nothing else in common. This is a wonderful revenge movie with an odd touch, and I just have to have it!
Here's an original, clever little horror film. It's a really good film
that captivated and intrigued me all the way through.
The thing that I appreciated the most about it is the hard hitting, raw, real, honest, and creative dialogue. I've seen a lot of films and most of them have dialogue that is so normal and clichéd and ordinary that it doesn't grab my attention. But this film is different, this film has dialogue which always captivated me, and always forced me to pay attention(in a good way) to this film. The other thing which is spectacular and outstanding about this film is the out there and, original story. I loved the raw story. Another thing which makes this an impressive film is the unusually and uncommonly dark and hard hitting atmosphere which is due to the dark story, the dark settings, and the dark set ups. Also the acting is really good from Stephen Geoffreys. And Tiffany Shepis gave a great performance. I've never seen her give a great performance before and so that was really memorable and important to me as I've always loved her as an actor. The rest of the actors do a good job as well.
This one is memorable and stands out from most other B-horror movies which have come out in the past few years. It's better than most other B-horror movies of late because of it's fresh feel and imaginative and creative edge. Most B-horror movies being made nowadays seem to be all the same because they don't have any plot elements which is original or unique and they don't know how to make scenes impact viewers, they just use the same slasher movie formula or some other supernatural horror movie formula we've already seen and seen done better. This film stands out with it's ingenuity in the face of a low budget to get ideas, images, and story content out in creative, and unique ways.
It's a stark, blunt, dark, sometimes disturbing, and raw horror film so if you can't take hard hitting, realistic and detailed violence then don't watch it. If you can then definitely watch it, you'll enjoy it.
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