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Dark Reel (2008)

Based on rare crime scene footage of the (unpublicized) 1958 murder of Actress Scarlett May. A supernatural Horror/Mystery based on actual events.

Director:

Josh Eisenstadt

Writers:

Josh Eisenstadt (story), Aaron Pope
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Wisler ... Tall Man
Alexandra Holden ... Scarlett May
Kevin Ryder Kevin Ryder ... Mr. Humphrey
Edward Furlong ... Adam Waltz
Tiffany Shepis ... Cassie Blue
Dragon Dronet Dragon Dronet ... Gnome Killer
Tate Hanyok ... Elizabeth
Lance Henriksen ... Connor Pritchett
Brooke Lyons ... Tanya Kismen
Emmanuel Xuereb ... Harris Briggs
Mercedes McNab ... Tara Leslie
Jake Grace Jake Grace ... Rhett Johnson
Kate Orsini ... Lorraine Wilson
Rouhi Savoji Rouhi Savoji ... Pirate Wench #1
Lila Pearsall Lila Pearsall ... Pirate Wench #2 (as Lila Dean)
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Storyline

Murder, mystery and mayhem as B movie fan, Adam Waltz, wins Walk on Role in a film Featuring Scream Queen, Cassie Blue. Thinking his luck had changed for the better he steps into chaos with a killer loose and no one on the production safe. Adams role gets bigger with the murder of an actress, studio chief's low-budget thriller becomes big with the new publicity... Everyone is a suspect. Who is the killer? Why are they doing this? and who is next? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Inside - Kill-Torture-Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Won the 2008 'Best Of The Fest' award at the Arizona Underground Film Festival in Tucson, AZ. See more »

Connections

Referenced in New Terminal Hotel (2010) See more »

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Deplorably bad

Dark Reel is severely damaged goods no matter how you look at it. It sucks because there's some good ideas trying their best to flourish beneath a mountain of sludge, but nothing of any value can breech the surface of this purely shitty B movie with scant traces of a decent outing. It starts off with a black and white prologue that looks like the only part of the film that wasn't shot with an etch-a-sketch. Scarlett, a young aspiring actress, is lured into a dark abandoned set warehouse under the pretence of an audition, and brutally murdered. Fast forward about six decades, where a young groupie (Edward Furlong, looking like a sack of poo warmed over) wins a walk on role in a sickeningly trashy B movie monstrosity, starring a legendary scream queen (Tiffany Shepis, also a legendary scream queen in real life). It's not long before so,done with ties to the murder in the prologue starts skulking around the set after hours and hacking people to pieces in ways that are as tasteless as they are cheap looking. The film has one redeeming quality, if you are a fan: Lance Henriksen. He plays Connor Pritchett, schlock movie producer and general whacko. Lance seriously plays the part like he has no idea what the script is, making up verbal diarrhea on the fly, undergoing titanic mood swings and displaying the coherency of someone with serious issues. It's fun to watch him crash and burn, and even in the most awful poop material like this, he still shines, as bats@$t crazy as he is. There's also a cop played by Tony Todd who acts just as unstable as Lance, and Todd rides the wave of his awfully written dialogue and poor direction like a sheepish pro. This is literally one of the worst movies I've ever seen, and the funny thing is that it didn't have to be. The premise itself is great, and even on the couch change budget it was stuck with, they could have at least tried. But no, they threw in the bloody towel and instead of a gem or even an admirable failure we get this monumental piece of festering garbage instead. I had to keep myself occupied in any scenes without Henriksen by hitting half speed fast forward so the characters sound like chipmunks. It says a lot about a flick when you have to do that. Avoid at any cost.


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