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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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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0082GN8XK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 1, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 24, 2012
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Randall Cole's "388 Arletta Avenue" is an interesting idea of a movie, but that's about all it is. Beyond the initial premise, the screenplay doesn't even attempt to provide much story and/or characterization for its audience to grasp onto. It is an unconventional choice, but one that left me completely disconnected to any potential tension or thrills in this half-baked and vague idea of a plot. Styled similarly to the "found footage" genre of filmmaking, every scene in "388 Arletta Avenue" is grainy, unfocused, and captured from a distance. As a young couple (played by Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner) is watched by a mysterious stranger, their lives are being taped and this scrutiny starts to unnerve our pair (and rightly so). Just who is this intruder into their lives and what is his goal? And does it matter? Ultimately, Cole seems to think that motive or ANY type of back story is completely unnecessary--so you'll just have to go with the flow as the unseen villain gets closer and closer to the couple.

While the idea of unwanted attention can be unsettling, I never thought this movie went anywhere original or intriguing. When Kirshner disappears, Stahl is left to wonder if something nefarious has happened or if it is just the product of their increasing discord. The paranoia that might have fueled the story doesn't have much impact, though, because the obvious stalking makes one conclusion the most likely. As the unpleasant games intensify, Stahl is pushed precipitously close to a breaking point. Although seen only from a distance, I did appreciate the intensity of Stahl's performance. The movie might have been truly electrifying had we known or cared anything about the protagonists (or the villain for that matter). Again, though, we don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on November 3, 2012
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388 Arletta Avenue tells the story of a young couple, James and Amy, as they are stalked by an unknown person; this mysterious person has entered their home and car to set-up hidden cameras to monitor their actions without reason. When Amy disappears to "clear her mind", James becomes paranoid as he is tormented by the stalker. This is another film that uses the found-footage style.

The story and the concept are creepy. Unknowingly being watched and recorded is a creepy concept; there's a chilling scene where the stalker records James as he sleeps, which can send many ideas through your mind. (Have I ever been recorded as I slept?) Unfortunately, this film doesn't have many of these chilling scenes. It actually has a very slow pace, especially in the first half; there isn't enough dialogue or genuine suspense to really immerse you into the film. It's not really thrilling, or scary. The acting was great, it basically got the job done. It somewhat uniquely uses the found-footage style, which is another plus. Although a bit predictable, the ending was great.

Overall, the movie is decent and has a creepy concept; it doesn't really engage or immerse the audience and probably would've been more effective as a short film, though. As of 11/3/12, this film is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, I recommend streaming or renting before purchasing.

388 Arletta Avenue has blood and violence, has no sex or nudity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lavinia on June 15, 2013
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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. It is rather like an ongoing, sustained home invasion. Yes, there are a few times when the lead character does (or doesn't) do something that makes sense, but, hey, doesn't that happen in almost any movie? Anyway, I like watching these kinds of movies really late at night and this one works even better when you do this. Nick Stahl is a good actor and he does well in this, embodying the frustration of being in a weird, and dangerous, situation. Worth your time and/or a rental. Lock your doors and have fun . . .
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