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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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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Won the 2008 'Best Of The Fest' award at the Arizona Underground Film Festival in Tucson, AZ. See more »

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References Snakes on a Plane (2006) See more »

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Tiffany Shepis' Best Work to Date, Decent Film
14 March 2009 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In the 1950s, aspiring actress Scarlett May is brutally murdered. Years later (2006), the crew of "Pirate Wench" is being slaughtered. What is the connection between these two events? Is there one? "Dark Reel" is a surprisingly good film, with a great ensemble cast and featuring the best work I've ever seen out of Tiffany Shepis. I love Shepis in pretty much everything she does, but I really think this one goes above and beyond her normal duties. Along with her, there's also decent performances from Edward Furlong (who is not aging well), Lance Henriksen (also some of his best work in years), Rena Riffel and Tony Todd.

I found the stand-out performance to be from Jake Grace, who plays the onion-loving pirate Rhett Johnson. I don't know if I'm familiar with any of his other work, but I loved him here. More pirate action, more onions, please! The special effects were good -- quite good -- when it comes to the blood and guts. Some of it didn't look all that real, but some effects -- such as a sword through the back -- were impressive. Everyone really came together on this film.

Not really sure what to say about this one. It's just really good. I can't critique it, because there's not much to critique, just a a solid horror story from beginning to end with plenty of mystery mixed in (good luck guessing the killer -- I changed my mind multiple times). Hopefully we see more things of this quality from this cast and crew. Oh, and "Gnome Killer 2"? Funniest movie I've ever seen!


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