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Deadline (2009)

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A screenwriter travels to an abandoned house to finish a script on time, but a series of strange events lead her to a psychological breakdown.

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Sean McConville

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brittany Murphy ... Alice
Thora Birch ... Lucy
Tammy Blanchard ... Rebecca
Marc Blucas ... David
Claudia Troll Claudia Troll ... David's Mother
Michael Piscitelli Michael Piscitelli ... Ben's Voice (voice)
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Storyline

Alice, 32, a writer recovering from a psychological breakdown retreats to a remote Victorian house to convalesce and focus on finishing her screenplay in time for a fast-approaching deadline. Shortly after her arrival, mysterious noises and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a twisting and terrifying pursuit to find out what is behind the endless mind games. Frightened but intrigued, Alice gathers the courage to go up into the cold, dingy attic where she finds a shoe box filled with mini-DV tapes. The terrifying secret that lies within the tapes will unravel Alice's dark past.

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Focus your fear.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2010 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Apariciones extrañas See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Was generally released direct to DVD in most countries but did receive some festival screenings throughout the films first few years of release. See more »

Quotes

David: Our son is going to be so proud of his beautiful and talented mother.
Lucy: Or maybe our daughter.
David: Then I'll have two amazing women in my life.
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Moonlight Sonata
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Murphy does her best with such a lackluster script
27 April 2012 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Brittany Murphy is Alice, a writer in her early 30's who moves into a spooky old Victorian mansion in order to be alone to work on her book as well as distance herself from a traumatic nervous breakdown. But no sooner is Alice settling in, that the house is getting the worst of her imagination courtesy of strange noises and nightmares. Now Alice, already in a fragile mental state, must deal with that as well as an ex who recently got out of prison.

I found myself enjoying this film much more than I thought that I would've, thanks in no small part to a nice atmospheric soundtrack as well as a surprisingly adequate subdued performance by Murphy. All of this is almost (but not quite) enough to make up for a pretty clichéd and heavily predictable storyline. The late Britt does the most with what little she's given.

My Grade: C


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