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Totem (1999)

Six people find themselves inexplicably transported to a remote cabin that is surrounded by an invisible barrier. In a nearby graveyard, they discover an ancient, carved stone monument that... See full summary »

Director:

David DeCoteau (as Martin Tate)

Writers:

Charles Band (story), Neal Marshall Stevens (as Benjamin Carr)
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Cast overview:
Jason Faunt ... Paul Maglia
Marissa Tait ... Alma Groves
Eric W. Edwards Eric W. Edwards ... Leonard 'Len' McKinney
Sacha Spencer ... Roz
Tyler Anderson Tyler Anderson ... Robert Cole
Alicia Lagano ... Tina Gray
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Six people find themselves inexplicably transported to a remote cabin that is surrounded by an invisible barrier. In a nearby graveyard, they discover an ancient, carved stone monument that they dub a "totem pole." Soon, they find themselves trapped in a murderous plot by malevolent forces that can control and manipulate their actions with the ultimate goal being to unleash three demonic entities from the monument. Written by JHC3

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The Shape of Nightmares to Come...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Totem maldito See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Full Moon Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David DeCoteau directed this film as part of a contractual agreement between him and Charles Band. DeCoteau was allowed to direct Voodoo Academy if he directed this film first. See more »

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Some of the gorier scenes in the film were actually cut to secure an R-rating. See more »

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Totemly a good movie!
20 November 1999 | by joehedSee all my reviews

In the tradition of Full Moon's excellent b-horror movies comes Totem. The story of six people who find themselves mysteriously drawn to a cabin in the woods. They decide to leave and wander into a nearby graveyard that contains a totem pole, the crux of the film. The gothic style pole has three monsters carved into it. These creature are looking to raise the dead or complete some sort of ritual and they need three victims and three killers.

This movie is undoubtedly a product of Full Moon in its style, acting, and plot. The special effects are hysterical. One of the monsters who can supposedly fly sports a pair of wires that are all too visible. Also towards the end, when dead people are rising the make-up warrants an oscar award for a job well done. The corps wear rubber masks that yield no facial expressions whatsoever and when they grab for the people you can notice that nothing has been done to their arms so there is a complete contrast between the decayed face and the skin on the hands and arms.

Perhaps not an instant classic, but definitely a movie to sit down to. If

you are a fan of Full Moon's other productions you're sure to like this one. Its filled with awkward lines and, as expected, at some parts less than good acting. Even though its a bit short ( about 73mins ), head out and rent this puppy!


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