Playback (II) (2012)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  9 March 2012 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.2/10 from 3,958 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 49 critic

A cop investigates the case of a missing local teen, though he discovers a dark secret that has been unleashed in his town, and an evil spirit that will stop at nothing to find its heir.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
a list of 31 titles
created 16 Feb 2012
a list of 25 titles
created 02 Mar 2012
a list of 32 titles
created 09 Aug 2013
a list of 35 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Playback" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Playback (2012)

Playback (2012) on IMDb 4.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Playback.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

When a tour guide breaks into America's Most Haunted House, a bit of amateur ghost hunting with friends turns into more than they could have ever imagined.

Director: Jose Prendes
Stars: Alex Arleo, Arielle Brachfeld, Graham Denman
Stranded V (2013)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

Four astronauts working at a lunar base suffer a meteor strike that brings an infection that leads to paranoia, fear and death.

Director: Roger Christian
Stars: Christian Slater, Amy Matysio, Michael Therriault
Vile (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A group of friends stop to pick up a hitchhiking woman only to end up getting drugged by her with a gas. They awaken to find that vials have been implanted in the base of their skulls - ... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Sheridan
Stars: Eric Jay Beck, April Matson, Akeem Smith
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Molly Hartley looks to put her troubled past behind her with a fresh start at a new school, where she sparks with one of the most popular students. But can her secrets stay buried, ... See full summary »

Director: Mickey Liddell
Stars: Haley Bennett, Chace Crawford, Jake Weber
Storage 24 (2012)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.

Director: Johannes Roberts
Stars: Noel Clarke, Colin O'Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

After a family tragedy in the chaotic city, Chris and Maggie Conley, in a last-ditch effort to save their dying marriage, purchase an isolated home in the deepest woods, to which they quickly discover evil has a key.

Director: David Mun
Stars: Rachel Marie Lewis, Christian Oliver, Marietta Marich
Apartment 143 (2011)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building.

Director: Carles Torrens
Stars: Kai Lennox, Gia Mantegna, Michael O'Keefe
Donner Pass (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Donner Pass has a well-known and macabre history - the place where George Donner and his party got stuck in the winter of 1846 and were forced to resort to cannibalism to keep from starving. But what if it wasn't just history?

Director: Elise Robertson
Stars: Elise Robertson, Russ Russo, Joel Stoffer
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Roe
Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe
Entity (2012)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

In 1998, thirty four unidentified bodies were found in shallow graves in a remote Siberian forest. After subsequent investigations, no official explanation by the Russian authorities was ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Stone
Stars: Dervla Kirwan, Charlotte Riley, Branko Tomovic
Evidence (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A detective hunts down a killer using video footage shot by the victims of a massacre at an abandoned gas station.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Stars: Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell, Caitlin Stasey
Forget Me Not II (2009)
Horror | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

It's graduation weekend, and Sandy Channing, the popular class president of her small-town high school, should be enjoying the time of her life. But when her friends start disappearing, ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Oliver
Stars: Carly Schroeder, Cody Linley, Brie Gabrielle


Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Bonczyk ...
Jana Veldheer ...
Chris Safford
Bernard McConnell ...
Frank Lyons
Lisa Jane Todd ...
Anne Miller
Wylie (as Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell)


When a group of high school students dig into their town's infamous past they unwittingly unlock an Evil that corrupts and destroys them. Possessing its victims through video playback and using them for malevolent purposes, it closes in on one specific soul, threatening to expose the town's deepest, darkest secret. Written by John Gibbons

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Picture. Evil.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and some teen partying | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Playback: Bloodline  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$252 (USA) (16 March 2012)


$252 (USA) (16 March 2012)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


When Quinn films himself at the end, the camera pans down from the house to his face. When Julien watches the video, the camera pans up from the ground to Quinn's face. See more »


References Bug (2006) See more »


The Sun
Written by Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson
Performed by Shiny Toy Guns
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good story that could have been told better
14 March 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

In the intro, some guy beats up a girl, we see a woman in a bathroom with her throat slashed, the girl screams about her baby, he kills her and grabs the baby. Now he's doing all this while filming it. When the cops arrive, they shoot him--the camera right next to the baby.

Years later some high school kids work on a film project for class recreating the killings. There's the main kid Julian, his gorgeous girlfriend, another couple that are friends, and some other girl. Lending them some equipment is a creepy kid Quinn with a creepy van who works at a TV station. He has some deal with a corrupt cop and provides him with peeping tom videos of high school girls.

One day Julian asks Quinn to find him some of the real life footage of the murders from the intro. Quinn with the help of the cop finds some and looks at them. Something happens to him while he watches. He develops some power to affect others by touching the TV screen that is focused on them. In that fashion, he manages to turn two girls into killers, as well as killing them afterward. His face also starts to rot.

Another issue is relevant. The first guy to have taken a picture and movie footage was thought to be demonic. Both Julian and Quinn see the footage. We also discover that the killer from the intro is a descendant of the early filmmaker.

Julian's mom is a cop and starts snooping into what Julian is doing, when he discovers a secret. Of course Quinn will flip out and attack Julian and his girl.

Playback goes beyond most movies of its kind. It could easily have focused on the serial killer and family issue or on the evil film pioneer, instead it combined both, but doesn't make these relevant enough. There is also an interesting twist in terms of the identities of some of our main characters, but it too could have been filmed in a way that the revelation is more powerful. Acting is alright for a B movie. Slater gets a short and not very relevant role. Ambyr Childers is gorgeous. The problem is though that the writer/director is a better writer than he is a director. Playback is enjoyable but clearly there was more potential in the story.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Christian Bale's best performance yet heermanr
budget vs gross ; ) metallak
I don't get all the bad reviews sicklamb
Marilyn Manson rbwebmail-429-708175
link to soundtrack..If interested john60644
Voice spoonfed47
Discuss Playback (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: