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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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Release Date:
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

Jessica Marais ... Kandi

Nathaniel Buzolic ... Ryan

Murray Bartlett ... Tony Martin

Tahyna Tozzi ... Mary Matthews

Jane Badler ... Professor Banyon

John Jarratt ... Paul the Coroner

Michael Dorman ... Ben Rutherford

Trilby Glover ... Isabel Du Pont

Chanel Marriott ... Lucy

Khan Chittenden ... Jed

Malcolm Kennard ... Detective Reddick

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

Aisling McGrogan ... College Student

Tahlia Norrish ... Student
Michael Loney ... Robert Shaw
James Hagan ... Samuel Rutherford

Gary Clementson ... Student
Phillip John Hastings ... Teacher
Quintin George ... Mr. Joshua
Rebecca Chalon ... University Student
Daniela Knopf ... Student
Jade Chamberlain ... Mourner
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)
Monique Wajon .... set dresser
Beau Vance .... stand-by props (uncredited)
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
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
From Cool to Ho-hum in Record Time, 18 March 2012
Author: WDPrystauk from United States

Part of what makes us indulge in horror movies is to see death presented to us in a different manner, through a story that compels us. NEEDLE had a wonderful premise with a wonderful little mystery that screenwriters Anthony Egan and John V. Soto (who also directed) could not bring to light.

And that really bothers the heck out of me.

If the pair had really invested in a riveting narrative, this could have comprised the mystery element of the United States based version of THE RING with Clive Barkers HELLRAISER for one potent and unforgettable horror. Instead, after coming up with a wild idea, Egan and Soto clearly didn't know what to do with it. Instead, it became hack-and-slice cinema that offered little stimulation to the senses. By movie's end, the tale had become so old and lame, the climax was abysmal and unsatisfactory. In fact, it cheats the audience and sets up a sequel, though I doubt they'll ever have the chance – unless an intelligent producer with deep pockets comes along and shows them how to do it the right way.

At first, when the lame commercial-hard rock commenced as Ben (Michael Dorman) ran across a college campus, I thought this was going to be typical teen fair. Then the premise was revealed and intrigue set in – only to collapse into typical teen fair. Worst still, Travis Fimmel, who played Ben's older brother, came off as being creepy in one scene, and a determined guy out to solve the mystery in another. Now, this did not leave the audience with an enigmatic character (such as Stellan Skarsgård in INSOMNIA or Ji-tae Yu in NATURAL CITY) but a confusing one. However, seeing how the story imploded into mediocrity, I have little doubt the director had told me to act in this manner. Think of George Lucas directing kids (unless they're stuffed into ewok costumes) and you'll get the idea.

Revenge horrors have become a "give me a break" kind of subgenre, that is a simple and clichéd plot device for writers and directors to use as an excuse to slaughter. NEEDLE reminds us filmmakers need to deliver so much more. And this movie is only worth watching to see how a couple of writers came up with a great idea and didn't know how to make it work.

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