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388 Arletta Avenue (2011)

Nick Stahl , Mia Kirshner , Randall Cole  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Stahl, Mia Kirshner, Devon Sawa
  • Directors: Randall Cole
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0082GN8XK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Puts an entirely new spin on the concept of verite horror. --Twitch Film

A taut, often ingenious thriller --Variety

Harrowing --Dread Central

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On the surface, James Deakin (Nick Stahl SIN CITY, TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES) lives a quiet, routine, comfortable life with his wife Amy (Mia Kirshner The Vampire Diaries) in their suburban home. Under the subtle manipulation of a faceless voyeur, however, cracks in their relationship begin to emerge. When Amy suddenly disappears, James is left to wonder if she's been abducted or simply abandoned him, but their tormentor doesn't stop there. As the manipulations become more twisted and violent, James desperately tries to identify just who's doing this to him and why, but his adversary always seems to be one step ahead.

Shot from the point of view of hidden cameras concealed by the voyeur around the Deakins' house, filmmaker Randall Cole injects new life into the found-footage horror genre by grounding it in the every day.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
On first blush, 388 ARLETTA AVENUE might seem like a clever idea: the motion picture is yet another of the `found footage' flicks, a story edited together from multiple independent cameras videotaping the life and times of a young couple trapped within a curious set of circumstances. However, on closer inspection, I thought much of the decisions made by writer/director Randall Cole were slightly off-kilter to produce anything greater than a bloated vanity project, a curious failure worth watching for curiosity's sake but perhaps little else.

[NOTE: for the record, ARLETTA is one of those films that has an ending that makes it difficult to discuss the plot/premise without some modest spoilers. I've done the best I can with the material, but be warned: there will be minor spoilers contained below.]

James Deakin (played by Nick Stahl) eeks out an existence as an advertising executive. He's married to a lovely woman, Amy (Mia Kirshner), and, while they're not living the `dream life,' they certainly appear happy on the surface. Hidden cameras begin to show the "cracks in their relationship," and, before the viewing audience knows what's happened, Amy's gone, possibly abandoning her husband or perhaps abducted by the curious stranger videotaping their lives. Left on his own, James struggles to uncover what happened to his young wife, all the while growing more desperate in a race against time to put things right.

As a `found footage' film, Mr. Cole goes to great lengths to produce a coherent narrative, and, so far as the story presented here is concerned, he does a better-than-middling job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You feel the tension... March 8, 2013
By vmzfla
Format:DVD
Watching this film gives you the uneasy feeling that you get when your going to do something you really don't want to do. The multi camera technique is used to effect.(similar to "Paranormal Activity" though a relentless stalker displaces the demon) The problems are the holes in the story, that wouldn't be plausable in a real situation. Nick Stahls character(James) does some stupid stuff and totally unravels. I havent' seen such uncooperative cops in recent memory either. So if you can ignore the inconsistencies you'll probably enjoy the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, but viewpoint is getting old. June 10, 2012
By Mary
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This is a good movie but I feel it would've been much better if told like a normal movie, rather than only from a voyueristic viewpoint. The 'Blaine Witch Project'/hidden camera viewpoint is getting a little overused and seems like a lazy way to make a movie. It's very restricted and doesn't allow you to follow the storyline in depth, which can be very frustrating. Overall a good story, but the way it was filmed leaves a lot to be desired.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! March 17, 2013
By Judge
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It was a good movie. It creep-ed me out because to think that someone could do the things this stalker/voyeur did to this couple in the movie in real life and that is just crazy. It kept me glued to the screen because I didn't want to miss any detail to try and figure out what was going to happen next. Good movie, you'll enjoy it I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy May 15, 2013
Format:DVD
You really have to give it to Nick Stahl: he plays a perfect jerk. Just his demeanor, everything. Not saying that's what he's actually like, but he does a good turn as a nasty SOB in every movie he stars in. That's probably why they cast him as the lead in the movie Bully.

Though he's the victim in this film, it's really no different. His wife Amy, played by Mia Kirshner, practically opens the film by calling him a "nasty little s***" when he ribs her about being a slacker on her anthropological/college thesis. This is shortly before she disappears, and that's really the rub of the film. She vanishes shortly after Stahl's character (James) finds that his life is being slightly altered in ways he cannot explain. Mixed cd's of his are skipping and playing songs that were not there to begin with. His pillows are being rearranged just slightly, in ways he did not arrange them. His cat even starts to look different.

To the outside world, James looks like a shady character indeed. His wife disappears after an argument that her sister knew about and James was never that nice a guy. The problem is (and this is the only thing I find unbelievable about the movie) that a guy with a camera--and this is the lens through which we see all this--is doing it himself. The innovation here is that we really have no clue who the sadist is, why he takes such pleasure in messing with this guy's life to the maximum degree, and yet we see everything through his lens.

Stahl does a good job of playing a guy under an enormous amount of stress.
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An ordinary young couple James (Nick Stahl) and Amy (Mia Kirshner) are living in a nice and comfortable house at 388 Arletta Avenue, Toronto. But James notices something is wrong when he finds a strange CD in his car. James insists that this is not his, but Amy just doesn't care. Things get more serious when Amy disappears, having left a note.

In "388 Arletta Avenue," the entire story is told in a "found footage" style. Well, to be precise, writer / director Randall Cole gives a twist to the overcrowded genre by emphasizing that the footage is all shot by someone with a malicious intent. Thus the film focuses more on how James is driven to the point of doing something extreme, than on who filmed the footage, or how.

Usually thrillers require the viewers to suspend their disbelief, and "388" is no exception. (The Canadian film is executive-produced by Vincenzo Natali of "Cube" fame) But probably "388" requires too much from us, with a storyline that is, if told in a conventional way, full of incredible events. Whoever shot the footage must have vast financial resources, physical strength and technical knowledge, as well as great amount of time to spend before the screen.

But what is the most disappointing is that the film is not as suspenseful as it should be. Nick Stahl delivers a strong performance as a man driven to near insanity, but his quest (or obsession) for truth does not intrigue us very much because after all we know where the film is going. The film's too neat conclusion would have been more impactful with more fleshed-out characters, but despite James' dark memories that are suggested, the film's narrative method make the characters look more like cyphers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like psychological thrillers...
Excellent. Original plot but very disturbing. Not for the faint of heart but if you like psychological thrillers this is for you. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Benjamin Gulli
1.0 out of 5 stars Less than 1 Star?
Huh? So let me understand, someone keeps coming into my house and gee should I have all the locks changed or perhaps a high end burglar alarm system with motion sensors and video... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mother superior
4.0 out of 5 stars All that hot sweaty fear like in they BASEMENT
This movie over, you feel all sticky, like you look down in you BASEMENT. Maybe that where they action take down, I cannot say, I should not spoil, I just want you get comfortable... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
1.0 out of 5 stars HAND HELD STALKER FILM,
I can't imagine this film getting more than one star. I had no interest in it what-so-ever. James knows someone has been in his house and on his computer. Does he... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
It was entertaining at first, but the premise did feel like it dragged on at times. I actually fell asleep near the end. (yes I did see the ending though)
Published 10 months ago by Megan K. Mott
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch this but who's watching you?
An understated, creepy little movie. I don't do spoilers so I will just say that this movie is effective because it is in the realm of possibilities. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lavinia
5.0 out of 5 stars a great film
This smart film operates on several levels while being completely tight. It's a great story, well-paced, well-acted and creepy as hell. It's a film that allows you to imagine.
Published 15 months ago by Terry Durst
1.0 out of 5 stars POINTLESS POV
Point of view (POV) films are often ineffective; they restrict the viewer's involvement. Close-ups are rare; there are long pauses while waiting for people to enter a scene; often... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
The picture quality was excellent I dont want to say to much about the movie itself but it was great it started off a little slow but it had a great twist
Published 18 months ago by Lawrence Scorzelli
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Slow
It may have been better if certain reviewers had not ruined it to start with by telling us it is a stalker. To me that was a spoiler!! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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