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Cornered! (2009)

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During their nightly poker game, a group of lowlifes are terrorized in their own convenience store by a masked killer.


Daniel Maze


Darrin Grimwood (screenplay), Daniel Maze (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Morty
James Duval ... Jimmy
Liz Nicole Abrams Liz Nicole Abrams ... Jess (as Elizabeth Nicole)
Peter Story ... Donny
Eduardo Antonio Garcia Eduardo Antonio Garcia ... Steve
Ellia English ... Mona
David Jean Thomas ... Jacko
David Basila ... Teddy
Rolando Boyce ... T.J.
Alexander Yurchikov Alexander Yurchikov ... Store Owner
Josiah Trager Josiah Trager ... Customer #1
Annie McKnight ... Customer #2
Mark Laing ... Suspicious Man
Marie Rowe ... Lady in Store
Darrin Grimwood Darrin Grimwood ... Office Worker


In Los Angeles, a serial-killer with unknown identity is slaughtering clients in convenience stores. He steals the surveillance tapes and the police department offers a US$ 500,000 reward for him. In a trashy convenience store, the owner Steve, his clients, phone sex worker Mona, and the whore Jess, his employee Donny Donut and his junky nephew Jimmy discuss with the carrier Morty what they would do with the serial-killer if they caught him. Out of the blue, they are attacked by a masked killer during a night of terror. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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USA | Belgium


English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acorralados See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »


Box Office


$3,250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Maze Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the movie is hidden at least twice in the movie. (1) Near the beginning of the film, the newspaper that's magnified by the pair of reading glasses next to it has text that reads, "Chief Wilson proclaimed 'WE WON'T QUIT TILL WE HAVE THIS SICKO CORNERED!'" (2) Near the end of the film, the camera pans across some cans and boxes on a shelf. A can of corn is placed next to a quarter-turned box so that the word "corn" from the can, and "ered" from the end of text written on the box, spells out the name of the movie. See more »

Crazy Credits

No animals were injured in the making of this movie. The cockroaches, Joey and Freddy, were adopted by producer Alan Noel Vega and are living a life of luxury! See more »


References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Mediocre, low-budget and somewhat disappointing Slasher movie..
13 February 2011 | by homecoming8See all my reviews

Low-budget horror movies can be surprisingly good (a lot of classics are in fact low-budget films) or just extremely bad. "Cornered" isn't awfully bad, but it is certainly below average. It starts off OK, with opening credits that let you believe this is a serial-killer film like "Se7en" or "Resurrection". But soon you realize this is a very average by-the-numbers 'slasher' with a shoe-string budget.

There are only 7 actors and 1 location. The slow story takes place in a grocery\liquor store where the owner and some friends play poker while there is killer in the shop. One by one they check it out and never come back.

The story reminds you a little of the classic slasher "Intruder" by Scott Spiegel. But "Intruder" was creepy and claustrophobic. "Intruder" had amazing special effects (KNB group) and brutal killings. It also had a surprising ending. "Cornered" fails on all counts. The story gets boring and it really stretches to fill the 82 minutes of running time. There was no money for real special effects or gore. The killings are disappointing. Even the 'highlight' kill, where one of them is hanging upside down and is gutted with an circle saw, is shown in a very cheap way to hide the fact that there was no real special-effects team present during the shooting.

To conclude with the 'surprise' ending: yeah, right; like we didn't see that one coming ! (well, there were not much choices to begin with). First credited is Steve Guttenberg (Mahoney from the "Police Academy" films) but his role is kind of minimum.

"Cornered" is not a very good movie. It really shows on screen that this is a very low-budget picture. It also never gets interesting and the motives of the killer are not really explained here. If you haven't seen "Intruder" (one of the best slashers ever made) than you can better check that one out and forget about this one.

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