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  • Directors: Josh Eisenstadt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: North American Pict.
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O3M37K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Adam Waltz (Edward Furlong) is in a blood drenched horror film produced by Connor Pritchett (Lance Henriksen). Detective Shields (Tony Todd) tries to unravel the mystery of real murders before the ghost of Scarlett May can strike again.

Customer Reviews

I am an absolute horror fan.
C. Eshe
The acting. all execpt for Furlong, is terrible; it feels as if the actors are all amateurs (although they're not).
Dr. Metal
Overall, the plot does not sound too bad at all. it's the pay off that lets this movie down.
Micheal Hunt

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Horror-Fanatics.com on March 12, 2009
Format: DVD
I always urge people not to judge movies by their covers (and in some cases, trailers). Even with this notion, you still can't help but take interest because it's the cover that gives the first impression. Typically direct-to-video flicks will have a good cover. That doesn't necessarily mean that the movie is going to be as good. There's a reason why most of these things never make it into the theatres any. Some studios put cleavage or graphic violence on the cover to lure you in. I guess where I'm going with this statement is that the cover for Dark Reel looks just as typical as any other straight to DVD horror cover. It's horrible, and doesn't really do it justice. If you were to judge it, you would think that it's nothing more then a low budget mess. That's actually what I thought Dark Reel would be like. Surprisingly, Dark Reel is not all that bad. Yes it is low budget, but it sure doesn't look that way.

In the movie we follow Adam Waltz's unsure journey as he wins a contest for a walk on part in an upcoming pirate b-movie called "Pirate Wench." There he meets his favorite actress Cassie Blue (Tiffany Shepis). Later in production, Adam meets the rest of the cast and crew and begins to rehearse his "one" line. In the meantime, there's a serial killer running loose on set, killing off some of the cast members. The lead investigator on the case is Shields (Tony Todd), and along with his partner they question the crew as to who might be the one responsible. When one of the pirate wenches turns up dead on set, the studio calls for re-writes and decides to give Adam a much bigger part, complete with more dialog. The story later ties in with the real unpublicized murder of actress Scarlett May, who was killed in 1958.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Dark Reel starts out promisingly enough, with the ghastly murder of Scarlett May (Alexandra Holden) being committed years earlier, leading us to meeting an uber-fan named Adam (Edward Furlong) who has won a contest to be an extra in the latest film starring his favorite B-movie actress Cassie Blue (Tiffany Shepis). Not long after that, more murders start occuring, and Adam starts seeing apparitions of Scarlett. There is much potential in Dark Reel that sadly gets wasted due to the fact that the film is poorly paced, and overall pretty boring as well. The gore effects, when they do occur, are pretty well done, but the various in-jokes and a sleepwalking performance from Furlong don't help matters any. Genre stalwarts Lance Henriksen and Tony Todd are here as well, and chew up as much scenery as they can manage to do. All in all, despite its slowness, Dark Reel is worth a look for slasher/mystery fans, but don't expect much from it in the least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Evans on January 20, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Shepis and Furlong were awesome on screen. Great job and production quality. Real fun film. I'm definitely going to check out more films from this director.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 9, 2009
Format: DVD
Horror, especially B horror, is my ultimate favorite, and, that being the case, my standards get very relaxed in this genre. It takes very little for me to become a rabid fan of film. I really wanted this to fall w/in that category, but it doesn't. On one hand, the production values are surprisingly good - good camera work, obviously high quality camera, good lighting, good(ish) sets, decent cast, etc. So all of that made the movie certainly watchable, but it was the plot that left much to be desired. The movie mostly meandered through without any real or cohesive direction. There was this killer bit, but then there was also this ghostly influence bit. The two were not harmonized in any meaningful manner, and made it feel empty, as if someone was just shooting random scenes and later splicing them together to fill a disc. So again, it was watchable because of the production quality and cast, but the lack of a good story line keeps this from achieving 3 or more stars. And the kid from terminator got fat.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Eshe on August 2, 2009
Format: DVD
I am an absolute horror fan. I will give a lot of leeway to a film, especially a 'b' horror film...though I'd put this more at a 'f' horror film. The acting was absolutely laughable...the plot...terrible. Even Lance (poor guy...Pumpkinhead was alright), the guy from Candyman (the worst cop...besides his ever posing, obviously never held a gun, a pen, a notepad, or a decent job female partner...he even laughs at her bad acting at the end...it's really funny...see it just for that), the Teminator kid, Furlong, is just terrible...and I don't think he means to be...just is...we kept thinking he was trying to be Gary Sinese. The production, camera work, writing...everything...just terrible. People that are saying otherwise here are getting paid by the company to write good reviews to get you to buy this garbage.

Rent it in a Redbox...pay a buck...you'll thank me cause you'll be laughing all night...it's a great comedy..though you're laughing AT it. And no, I don't work for Redbox, just grateful they saved me some dough from either buying this or renting it for more.

If I could give this zero stars to even out the other obviously fake reviews, I would.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Metal on June 7, 2011
Format: DVD
I had high hopes for this movie. After all Edward Furlong, the teeny star of Terminator 2, was in it, and I have never seen a movie that he was in that wasn't good. Well, sorry to say, but this time my luck with good ole Eddie would finally run out. And its not his fault that this wanna be Horror flickt is so aweful...
THe biggest problem is that there is basically no real plot here, just a jumbled together kind of story that any 6 year old could come up with in no time. Honestly, its that bad- something about a woman that gets killed by a vicious guy and then comes back to haunt people as a ghost, whenever a certain part in a movie is played, but its only 1-2 people that can actually see her in that movie part! No exaggeration, its just that bad, and that's the plot, except that a killer is apparently taking revenge for her, oh man, spare me.

The acting. all execpt for Furlong, is terrible; it feels as if the actors are all amateurs (although they're not).
The bottom line is: THis isn't even a B movie, as others have written its more like an F movie and that stands for failure! Enough said.
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