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Hack! (2007)

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Wanting to raise their grades, a handful of college kids are randomly selected for a field trip to study wildlife, but don't get the chance as cliché horror film-style murders occur.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danica McKellar ... Emily
Jay Kenneth Johnson ... Johnny
Juliet Landau ... Mary Shelley
Tony Burton ... Sheriff Stoker
Justin Chon ... Ricky
Travis Schuldt ... Tim
Mike Wittlin ... Mr. Argento
Adrienne Frantz ... Maddy
Gabrielle Richens ... Sylvia
Burt Young ... J.T. Bates
Noah Guy Noah Guy ... Tatooed Keg Pumper
Sean Kanan ... Vincent King
William Forsythe ... Willy
Kane Hodder ... First Victim
Won-G ... 'Q' (as Wondgy Bruny)
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Seven college students, who make up of the bookish Emily; friendly bad-guy Johnny; punk girl Maddy; the token gay Ricky; gangster-rapper 'Q'; British exchange student Sylvia; and football stud Tim; are picked to travel to a private island owned by the reclusive Vincent King and his film-obsessed wife Mary Shelley to study island wildlife. But is isn't long when a mysterious killer begins killing the students one-by-one, and modeling them after gory murder scenes from numerous horror films. Are the eccentric Vincent and Mary Shelley the killers? if so, who is the mysterious fisherman lurking around the grounds of the island? Plus, does Emily know a lot more of what is going on then she claims to? Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Reality Kills.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, nudity, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chainsaw Slaughter See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last role for Tony Burton who died in 2016. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) During the shots of Emily talking while supposedly moving at a moderate speed on the boat, it is obvious the boat is stationary as the water directly behind her is hardly moving. A scene lasting a minute, surely a mistake. See more »

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References Jack Frost (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh No Not My Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Played while Tim and Sylvia were on a blanket in a clearing in the woods
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Everyone Hates This Film... Except Me!
30 December 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A group of students go to an island to study biology, although they all seem to like discussing horror films and almost no one wants to actually do their work. Drugs and sex are rampant, and the island's residents are a bit odd. Not "odd" in a weird way so much as eccentric, so the students go along with it. Then someone decides to kill the kids... and suspicions fall on one after another suspect.

Danica McKellar stars in this film as teacher's assistant Emily Longley. When the movie began and Danica entered the screen, I was smitten: I knew I had found possibly the most beautiful woman in movies (aside from my all-time favorites of Mandy Moore and Christina Ricci). So I looked her up and was shocked -- this was Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" (who was never "hot" by any means, even though I think many kids had a crush on her for some reason). So, my point is: McKellar as the shy, bespectacled teacher's aide... priceless.

From there on out, I can understand why this film is generally considered pretty lackluster. It has a cheese factor somewhere between Gouda and Camembert. The movie rips off other horror films -- many character names are horror-based (Argento, Carpenter, etc.) and there's countless references (the boat being named Orca after the "we're going to need a bigger boat" line was awesome). If you don't love horror, these jokes are not funny... and even if you do, it might take a special kind of humor (the film is called "Hack" -- lighten up!).

Treat the movie like a game, and see how many references and rip-offs you can catch. Some are obvious (they directly mention a variety of films, including the Billy Zane classic "Dead Calm") and others not so much. I guarantee you I missed some of the references -- now I have to watch it again, and I gladly would.

Horror fans will also like the nudity (it's limited but it's here) and the blood. We got chainsaws, piranhas, sharp blades and even a scene with samurai or something (a reference I definitely missed). I can't wait to see it again so I can write a better review... oh yeah, Kane Hodder shows up briefly, too, and William Forsythe is a weird Scottish groundskeeper. Just watch this!!!


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