In the Devil's Courthouse (2011)
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There is one thing about the movie that I actually liked...the monsters. Sure the costumes were gods-awful, but their vocalizations were creepy as hell, and different than most other Bigfoot/Sasquatch type movies. I also appreciated the fact that their appearance matched the type of creatures that have been reported by witnesses in that part of the U.S.
*Though I felt cheated because I never got to see the character I found most annoying bite it. Sigh.
The story is about a bunch of characters who head off into the wilderness before being stalked and killed by some unknown creature. Two of the characters are a bickering brother and sister. There's some mild romance and making out within a tent for those who are into that kind of thing. The romantic dialogue is very insipid and sounds false. The horror is badly staged and the depicted antics are more silly than anything else. It's a general waste of time.
The acting is horrid, consisting mostly of shrieking and screaming from the girls, with occasional outbursts of shouting and one-liner clichés from the guys. There are emotional scenes that are dropped into completely inappropriate places. The plot is worthy, but it's potential miserably wasted by bad writing. The story is explained early on in the form of a narrative, and then later on is repeated nearly word for word as though it didn't sink in and we needed a reminder. The story idea could have made sense, but ultimately didn't. The characters make NO common sense decisions, with the exception of a plea to "stick together" that is exuberantly ignored. The special effects are cheesy as heck. The fake blood really looks fake! What's the point of that?
All of this aside, the movie could have been watchable but had very poor production value. The frame rate is about 25 or less, making it blocky and the images jumpy. It just looks poor quality from start to finish.
The music is the usual hard rock grind associated with gore films of this sort. C'mon people.. imagination?
The biggest problem is that you don't feel anything for any of the characters. There is a scene with a bunch of girl scouts getting ripped apart by monsters. But since you only ever see them twice in the whole movie, and they squandered both scenes by singing an endless and nearly monotone rendition of "Row Row Row Your Boat", you almost feel relieved when they die. There's no empathy in this film for ANY of the characters. You pretty much just figure right from the start that everyone dies.
Face it. If the movie can't make you feel bad about a bunch of girl scouts getting axed, then believe me it won't make you give a nickel and dime about anyone else.
Anyone who gives this anything above a 3 rating is pulling your chain.