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Methodic (2007)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 20 October 2007 (USA)
Methodic tells the story of a boy who becomes demonically possessed by an ominous presence known as "The Dollman". Forced to obey his dark half, the boy ultimately murders his parents on ... See full summary »


Chris R. Notarile


Chris R. Notarile (screenplay), Brandon Slagle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Niki Rubin Niki Rubin ... Lana Matthews (as Niki Notarile)
Brandon Slagle ... Detective Colin McDermott
Rachael Robbins ... Melissa Matthews-Gellar
Tony Dadika ... Senior Detective Dan Grant
Stephen Muzzonigro ... Nicholas Matthews
Charles Cyphers ... Chief Sperranza
Daniel Werzinger Daniel Werzinger ... Dr. Pell (as Dan Werzinger)
Christine Allanach Christine Allanach ... Dr. Meadows
Andrew Roth ... Simon Gellar (as Andy Roth)
Renee Schiefer Renee Schiefer ... Jeanette
Jena Mroz Jena Mroz ... Stevie
Zoe Hunter ... Nurse Zoe
Kasey Williams ... Nurse Kasey Sellers
Britt Hodges Britt Hodges ... Dr. Britt Harmon
Tawnya Manion Tawnya Manion ... Terra


Methodic tells the story of a boy who becomes demonically possessed by an ominous presence known as "The Dollman". Forced to obey his dark half, the boy ultimately murders his parents on his birthday and is sentenced to a life under a microscope at the state mental hospital. But evil cannot be contained so easily. Instead, "The Dollman" simply bides his time, dwelling within the boy- waiting for the day when he will become powerful enough to completely take over his human host. And when that day comes, god help us all. Written by Chris Notarile

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"The World's 1st BASHER Movie!"


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Release Date:

20 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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The Dollman See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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Blinky Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For her fall in the climax of the film, Niki Rubin refused to have a stunt double. She rehearsed the fall twice then did two takes of it. See more »


Colin McDermott: ...so after I managed to somehow soak up all of the fucking water in the kitchen and in the empty space under the sink I put three or four fans in the dining room to try and dry up the carpet and air the place out. It smelled like Goddamn sewage which I kept thinking was probably loaded with all of the shit that my neighbors had to flush down the toilet every time someone called the cops on them for playing their music too loud at 2 AM every fucking Thursday morning. So anyway what, I dunno... ...
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I loved this movie.
28 March 2009 | by richardwallace-1See all my reviews

Let me start by saying, this film is not what you think it is. Despite all of it's thematic references to John Carpenter's Halloween, Methodic is NOT a rip off in any way. Methodic writer and director, Chris R. Notarile takes all the wonderful elements and themes that we've grown to love from Halloween and all other late 70's - early 80's horror movies and has woven them into a brilliant tapestry of suspense, horror and drama.

Methodic starts slow. If you're looking for a popcorn body count movie with mindless wanton slaughter of moronic horny teenagers, this is not the movie for you. Methodic is instead incredibly story driven. So much so that there are actually moments in the film that if you don't pay attention to, it is very certain you will not understand something later on. I like this. I find it rare these days, especially in independent horror movies where people actually need to pay attention to a movie. Usually the story is simple, intoxicated coeds get taken out by a silent masked maniac.

Now granted, Methodic does sport the classic silent masked killer stereotype, but fortunately, with very good reason. The Dollman is instantly classic, from the look of his mask right down the (no pun intended) execution of his actions. I would also like to bring up the wonderful gimmick deployed with this film, and by that I am referring to the "basher" term used to distinguish the film. Believe it or not, Methodic actually is the first basher film and that's actually a pretty clever thing to do. In a world where everything is being remade, its always refreshing to see something new come along. I predict we will be seeing more "basher" movies as time goes on. Let's just hope they are on par with this film.

And now down to the technical "stuff". This is Mr. Notarile's directorial debut, sort of. Apparently he has a large number of short film credits to his name, but I believe Methodic is his first feature. Not a bad way to start a career if you ask me. For a first time feature director with what appeared to be a very large cast, I think things were handled more than admirably. I won't lie, some of the acting in the film was a little on the campy side, but I suspect that is usually the case with most low budget horror films. The shots were great. Most of the film really gave off a larger than life feeling and though it was limited, the action and the killing scenes in this film were very fun and intense.

As for performances, most of the cast and more importantly, those playing the main characters, were very convincing. I enjoyed the natural flow of the dialog as well as some of more candid moments between characters, specifically the stakeout scene with Dan and Colin and the "chick flick" scene with Lana, Melissa and her husband. Great stuff.

All in all, Methodic is a wonderful first film and great gateway piece into what looks to be a very promising career from Chris R. Notarile. I wish him well and cannot wait to see where he goes and what he does next.

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