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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

Cast overview:
Jason Faunt ... Paul Maglia
Marissa Tait ... Alma Groves
Eric W. Edwards Eric W. Edwards ... Leonard 'Len' McKinney
Sacha Spencer Sacha Spencer ... Roz
Tyler Anderson Tyler Anderson ... Robert Cole
Alicia Lagano ... Tina Gray
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Storyline

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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Horror

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Full Moon Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David DeCoteau is embarrassed by his involvement with this film. Despite this, he did manage to work well with the actors involved. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Edited into When Puppets and Dolls Attack! (2004) See more »

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More cheese than a Swiss Fondue
25 December 1999 | by Mitch-38See all my reviews

I knew I was in trouble, when the production company for this movie showed absolutely zero production value trailers, as "coming soon" attractions. Of course, it can be said that TOTEM is a thinking person's movie. It left me thinking "why did I spend good money renting this?" I also thought: "IMDb will need to add zero to their ratings scale, if more movies like this are made." The paper thin plot involves 6 teens (inexplicably) drawn to this cabin in the middle of nowhere. They can't escape because of some invisible shield, as the viewer is informed through a very talky script. In fact, that's what most of this movie is, talk, talk and more talk. The fleeting scenes where any action occurs, seems almost coincidental. The special effects look like something performed in a grammar school production. Good grief, these kids are dull. They're NOT even nubile, which seems to be a prerequisite for teen/horror flicks! Kind viewer beware of the "TOTEM"-Of course, I mean the movie- not the object of it. You have been warned.


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