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Dead in 3 Days (2008)

Sabrina Reiter , Julia Rosa Stöckl , Andreas Prochaska  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sabrina Reiter, Julia Rosa Stöckl, Michael Steinocher, Nadja Vogel, Laurence Rupp
  • Directors: Andreas Prochaska
  • Writers: Andreas Prochaska, Thomas Baum
  • Producers: Helmut Grasser, Katharina Bogensberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MEJY8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead in 3 Days" on IMDb

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A clique of teenagers begins to receive life threatening cell-phone messages that warn "In three days you're dead" and they soon begin to die at the hands of a shrouded killer. One girl in the group is the only one who discovers a mysterious clue leading to the assailant's identity, but as the body count rises and the slayings become more and more vicious, no-one outside of her group wants to believe her and time is running out...

If it's the day of your high-school graduation, and you receive a text message saying "You will be dead in 3 days," and that creepy classmate who always stands around staring at you has been doing even more standing around staring at you lately… well, according to Dead in 3 Days, there's really nothing you can do anyway. This Austrian slasher film takes the aforementioned harbingers of doom (as well as hitting a deer with a car, always a bad sign in movies such as this) and spreads out the terror among five teenagers in the scenic lakeside town of Ebensee. The opening reels are effective, with the teens a uniformly attractive bunch; newcomer Sabrina Reiter is the pluckiest of the group. It then becomes clear that director Andreas Prochaska is more interested in recycling old horror conventions than finding a new slant on this material, and the convention he holds dearest is that slasher victims must do the dumbest things possible in order to keep the story going. Even for slasher-movie teens, this crew is an unusually nitwitted bunch. (Just as a helpful hint, please remember that if you are tied to an anchor in a boat in the middle of a lake, and there is a knife in your hand, you should probably avail yourself of the opportunity to cut the rope before the anchor is thrown in the water and you are dragged overboard. You're welcome.) The gore level is moderate, and the most horrifying sight here is not one of the grisly murders but the view inside the men's room at a nightclub. (Kids these days.) A straight-to-DVD release in the U.S., the disc offers both German-language and English-dubbed options. This film was a big enough Euro-hit to inspire a 2008 sequel, understandably titled Dead in 3 Days 2. --Robert Horton

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Slasher with more Water than Blood August 24, 2009
Probably the most solid slasher flick I've seen in awhile.
(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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Calling Dead in 3 Days a German take on I Know What You Did Last Summer would pretty much sum up all there is to know about this film, with the only exception being that Dead in 3 Days is far superior, and in reality despite the many horror/slasher conventions it follows, is better than a majority of mainstream American horror flicks. The film follows around a group of attractive grads who all receive a text message telling them, you guessed it, they'll be dead in 3 days. Before you know it, they're being picked off one by one by a hooded killer. There's some decent gore, and even some decent scares to be found in Dead in 3 Days, as well as some gorgeous cinematography as well. Other than that, Dead in 3 Days doesn't offer anything that you haven't seen countless times before, but the film is still worth a look at the very least for die hard slasher fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching for sure. June 20, 2010
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Breathtaking background and a decent story make this worth watching at least once. I liked it however I am a huge horror fan so perhaps biased. Just to give you an idea of My own taste I did NOT enjoy "I know what you did last summer" as the acting was HORRIBLE. To me this film had a plot, some decent acting (not all) and a decent story. I thought it was well made as I really enjoy the Dimension Extreme line of films.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great small Austrian movie December 28, 2008
This movie ran in Austrian cinemas some years ago and it`s really a well made slasher film, done on a shoestring budget with good non professional actors. Some setpieces remind us of the glory days of Argento and other great directors. Saw today Part 2, which is even better and a lot more gruesome than the first one. An absolute must have for any slasher aficionado who likes his kills with some depth to story and characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GRADUATION IS THE KEY TO YOUR FUTURE April 6, 2012
After a close-knit clique of kids graduate from high school, their lives are still boring until they all get the same creepy text message, "You'll be dead in 3 days" (hence the clever title of the film). They all ignore what they think is a message from their creepy school mate Patrick (Julian Sharp) who is too much of a suspect for a movie. While the kids get kidnapped and murdered, the film doesn't show use the killer's face right away as the main suspect changes. The twist is nothing new to American audiences.

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)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Did he fall in the toilet?" September 9, 2014
By Einsatz
"Was ist los?"
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Facial...
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
This movie is one that will keep you wondering as it goes along. I am glad I bought it. :)
Published 20 months ago by Tonia Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining..
It isn't anything new nor does it bring anything earth shattering to the audience; but, it was enjoyable. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by Bookworm936
4.0 out of 5 stars A very intelligent slasher film
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 more
Published on September 23, 2010 by Magic Pink
3.0 out of 5 stars Austrian Slasher Flick.
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
3.0 out of 5 stars German Slasher Movie
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 more
Published on August 21, 2009 by J. Horn
2.0 out of 5 stars Dead in 3 Minutes
(1.) The best part of the movie was the background to the opening credits and maybe, as the Amazon reviewer said, the restroom. Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by G. Teslovich
3.0 out of 5 stars Blah
This movie was only so-so. No in-depth plot that built tension, no suspense, no elan vital. This is basically the story of a group of teen-agers who receive threats that they... Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by George Novak
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