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Needle -- A student inherits an 18th century machine with deadly supernatural powers. When the machine goes missing, he and his estranged brother team up to find the thief and stop the killings.
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Needle -- NEEDLE is best described as SAW meets FINAL DESTINATION.

SYNOPSIS: A college student inherits an 18th Century machine with deadly supernatural powers.  When the machine goes missing and friends start dying, the student must reunite with his estranged brother to find the thief and stop the killings.


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29 July 2011 (Turkey) See more »
Ten Suspects. Six Clues. One Killer... See more »
A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at a college. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Travis Fimmel ... Marcus Rutherford

Ben Mendelsohn ... Detective Meares

Nathaniel Buzolic ... Ryan

Jessica Marais ... Kandi

Jane Badler ... Professor Banyon

Tahyna Valentina MacManus ... Mary Matthews (as Tahyna Tozzi)

John Jarratt ... Paul the Coroner

Murray Bartlett ... Tony Martin

Michael Dorman ... Ben Rutherford

Trilby Glover ... Isabel Du Pont

Khan Chittenden ... Jed

Chanel Marriott ... Lucy

Malcolm Kennard ... Detective Reddick

Zaydah-lee ... Uni Student
Luke Carroll ... Nelson

Tahlia Norrish ... Student

Aisling McGrogan ... College Student

Rebecca Chalon ... University Student

Gary Clementson ... Student
Michael Loney ... Robert Shaw
Jade Chamberlain ... Mourner
James Hagan ... Samuel Rutherford

Phillip John Hastings ... Teacher
Quintin George ... Mr. Joshua
Daniela Knopf ... Student
Chloe-Allyn Gallacher ... Extra (uncredited)
Rhian Kate Glossop ... Extra (uncredited)

Alyson Walker ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
John V. Soto 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Egan 
John V. Soto 

Produced by
Sean Baguley .... executive producer
Deidre Kitcher .... producer
Kane Manera .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jamie Blanks 
Cinematography by
Stephen F. Windon 
Film Editing by
Jason Ballantine 
Production Design by
Nigel Devenport 
Makeup Department
Paul Katte .... special makeup effects supervisor
Nick Nicolaou .... special makeup effects supervisor
Vivienne Rintoul .... hair & makeup artist
Production Management
Liz Kearney .... assistant production manager
Jane Sullivan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vikki Barr .... first assistant director
Claire Blake .... second assistant director
Michael Rautao .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ness Demaine .... art department co-ordinator
Damian Foley .... art department runner
Brandon Hendroff .... illustrations: MEG Group
Alexander Locke .... graphic artist
Jessica Surendorff .... art department assistant
Jess Tran .... set dresser (as Jessica Tran)
Beau Vance .... stand-by props
Monique Wajon .... set dresser
Sound Department
Leon Anderson .... adr recordist
Leon Anderson .... foley editor
Glen Dillon .... sound recordist
Romain Drouillon .... french dubbing mixer
Dan Giles .... boom operator
Peter Miller .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Daniel Phillis .... sfx artist
Jeremy Shaw .... mechanical effects supervisor
Jeremy Shaw .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Steve Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Loui .... digital compositor
Filipe Marques .... digital compositor
Genevieve Serna .... digital compositor (as Genevieve A. Serna)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rusty Geller .... steadicam operator
Timothy Goodacre .... electrician
Justin Griffiths .... still photographer
Bruce Kentish .... fourth grip
David Maund .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Mark McCumber .... best boy
Melissa Ozich .... second assistant camera
Andrew Piercy .... third grip
Adrian Pinto .... video playback operator
Daniel Spriggs .... electrician
Gregory Stirling .... key grip
Nigel Tomkinson .... first assistant camera
Jean Vandermeiren .... gaffer
Daniel Walsh .... second assistant camera: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lien See Leong .... costume standby
Editorial Department
Ellena Flikier .... colorist: dailies
Adrian Hauser .... digital film colorist
Michelle Junee .... post-production coordinator
Matthew Ozerski .... first assistant editor
Justin Ngy Tran .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Music Department
Kim Green .... music supervisor
Other crew
Louis Byrne .... assistant to director
John Fairhead .... safety report
John Fairhead .... safety supervisor
Stuart Monksfield .... project manager
David Pollison .... acquisition consultant
Sam Winzar .... data wrangler

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Also Known As:
"Black Magic" - International (English title) (reissue title)
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Rated R for bloody horror and violence and language
Australia:90 min
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Really flawed but unique slasher effort, 23 July 2014
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

After inheriting a strange box following his parents' death, a teen and his friends are the victims of a series of grisly and brutal deaths by unseen figures and realize the box is being used for revenge against the friends.

This turned out to be rather flawed and an overall disappointing effort. Despite this being based around an incredibly enjoyable concept, the main storyline here is so off that it really does the film far more harm by being the way it is, which is all due to the way this plays out. The main killer's motive for targeting the friends is so inherently lame that it's laughed off if heard in real life, and the characters in the film react as such by being unable to take it seriously since it's never once treated as something other than a comical joke when the reasons are revealed so this makes for quite a difficult time adjusting to things if the characters themselves don't take what happens seriously. As well, this ends up making the film's final half come off even more lame and disappointing by subjecting the motivations for the rampage at this section of the film as the reasons for why they're being targeted is never explored at all and it really tends to focus so heavily on this section that the rest of the film is a long, drawn-out series of bland sequences that have nothing to do with the killer's rampage against them as it instead focuses on the strained-brothers angle for the majority of the running time. None of these segments end up doing the film any favors in finding out crucial information about anything here, as the killer is forced to explain their hilariously illogical motivations at the end and the central box itself is such a mystery that the majority of the fear it's supposed to garner is squashed by only one semi-literate sequence where they explain the history and legacy but in such brief, passing tones that it's impossible to really get a handle on what this is and why it's to be feared. Each of these flaws ends up hurting the film quite heavily because there's some rather engaging potential on display, most notably in how the deaths are meted out which are incredibly bloody and gory and offer up quite a lot of carnage that's quite effectively rendered. The bloodshed is made more potent by the fact that the mystery box is capable of striking anywhere so these early sequences leading up to the death are truly chilling and suspenseful and really go a long way towards making this something to be feared. However, the majority of this is so flawed that these segments don't do this much good.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.

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