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(especially considering the lack of slashing)
It's an Autrian slasher flick, (so it's in german, if you speak german)
though surprisingly every song on the soundtrack appears to be in English.
If you don't like subtitles, that's alright, 'cause it comes dubbed,
and can I just say.. I don't remember ever hearing a better dubbing job.
For those who know slashers:
It's acts like a 90's slasher (Scream, I Know What You Did, Urban Legend, etc.)
without any of the humor.
Picture those movies if their puppy just got hit by a missile.
It's not funny like "Hatchet", it's a lot more serious.
It's not overly gory like "Laid to Rest", (it does have it's moment though)
It's slower and more involving than both.
And it's probably 14 thousand times more engaging than "Cold Prey" could ever hope to be.
But it's not getting nearly as much love as any of the aforementioned.
The only issue I can see some people having with this flick, is that it drags it's feet at some points.
All in all I'd say this slasher "should" be the epitome of the term "sleeper"
It's about a group of friends who all receive a message on their phone
saying that each will be dead in 3 days.
... they pay no mind to it... 'til one of them disappears.
Yes it's a vengeance plot we've seen before, but this time around it has;
actual characters, with real character development,
played by actors & actresses who can actually act,
some gore (1 scene in particular is brutal),
believable dialogue, excellent cinematography,
and for whatever reason the director seems either,
obsessed with water,
or is bashing you over the head with foreshadowing.Read more ›
The film moves at a slow pace and is more of a serial murder mystery than a hard core slasher film. The swearing seemed forced and out of place, almost like Spock in "Star Trek IV".
My DVD defaulted to the German language. I needed to go into the set up and change it to English.
F-bomb, brief sex, brief nudity (Julia Rosa Stöckl,Nadja Vogel)
"In 3 Tagen bist du tot."
Ah, the sweet halcyon days of youth. Graduation. A fabulous future to look forward to, but first, let's party......and meet grisly ends. This is why I don't read text messages. In this case, some yahoo with a long standing grudge finally decides to seek revenge. Why? Why now? Why this small group of friends? Good questions all, and all is revealed as the story slowly builds momentum. What I liked best about this typical slasher flick was the measured way it handled the suspense. The killings were very matter of fact. The story featured people going about their business, their ordinary lives, and then suddenly they were slammed by this unstoppable force propelled with a hatred unbound. There was a lot of finesse at work here, plus some beautiful cinematography. I especially liked that an image of water always preceded each killing, be it a dripping faucet or water trickling down a car windshield. There was a sense of cold inevitability infused throughout the film. Sometimes you just can't escape doom, or karma.
I watched this film in German, with English subtitles. It helps to hear the actor's voice and not some substitute. The actress playing Nina (Sabrina Reiter) won an Undine Award for best film debut by an actress (in her first screen role). Supposedly, this film was followed by a 2008 sequel titled In 3 Tagen Bist Du Tot 2, also featuring the character Nina.
I'm glad I took a chance and bought this film for my collection.
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DEAD IN 3 DAYS is a vengeful-maniac-on-the-loose movie out of Germany. A group of young, beautiful friends is being stalked and killed in nasty ways, after receiving the menacing... Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
This movie is one that will keep you wondering as it goes along. I am glad I bought it. :)Published on February 11, 2013 by Tonia Walker
It isn't anything new nor does it bring anything earth shattering to the audience; but, it was enjoyable. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Bookworm936
Some really amazing camera work and acting in this little film from Germany. A few odd plot choices and some INCREDIBLY stupid choices by the cops and possible victims (does no one... Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Magic Pink
Not much different from American slasher flicks. There will be a sequel. A couple off good scenes.Published on November 12, 2009 by Michael Joe York
This was not as bad of a movie than what I expected even though it was a subtitled German film which I didn't know when I started it but overall it a pretty descent low budget... Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by J. Horn
(1.) The best part of the movie was the background to the opening credits and maybe, as the Amazon reviewer said, the restroom. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by G. Teslovich
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