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Deadline (2009)

Brittany Murphy , Thora Birch , Sean McConville  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch
  • Directors: Sean McConville
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: First Look Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M9FSD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,337 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Alice (Brittany Murphy), a writer recovering from a psychological breakdown, moves to a remote Victorian mansion to recover and to finish her screenplay. Once there, a series of strange events, sounds and apparitions occur. Alice searches the house for the source, finding a collection of disturbing videotapes in the attic. Alice sets forth to uncover the mysterious story of the couple on the tapes, leading her into a terrifying spiral as she tries to discover the deadly secret that lies in the house.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Look Away April 25, 2010
By Sara
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For one thing, this must have been one of Brittany Murphy's last movies (and in knowing that, she appears to be very ill.) There is a memorable scene where she looks through a glass door and pauses for a moment in closing it, and there is just this very final, haunting look on her face. If you like spooky, morbid, suspenseful thrillers that are more about making you jump than grossing you out with blood and gore, you will love this movie! An author, Alice goes to stay at an old house for one week to write. Her friend, Rebecca drives Alice to the house and takes the car back with her. Later, Rebecca lets Alice know that her violent ex-boyfriend, Ben is out of jail and may be looking for her. Alice begins hearing noises in the house and comes across some videotapes in the attic of a disturbed couple (Lucy and David.) She becomes absorbed in their story. When she finds the last tape and Rebecca tells her that Lucy and David were never found and are considered missing, Alice suddenly realizes that one of them could be in the house. The ending is a bunch of twists and turns that are open to interpretation. Is this all in Alice's mind or did someone (other than Ben) try to kill her? Lucy's story and Alice's parallel each other so closely. Did Alice just create the very real characters of David and Lucy for her next novel? Rebecca and the audience are left wondering. This type of movie reminded me a lot of What Lies Beneath. But the ending is more in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. The background music is exceptional and really pulls you into the story.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly a Genre Flick December 7, 2009
"Deadline" is a dark atmospheric thriller, recalling "Skeleton Key" and "A Haunting." Brittany Murphy plays a somewhat young and out-of-sorts artist who moves into a large, empty house with a dark creepy past. She moves there alone, conveniently, to escape a past abusive boyfriend.

ALl goes well for a few hours, then strange noises begin to happen. Objects move about with no explanation. Video footage of the young couple who once lived in the house is found by Murphy in the attic of the house. It is eventually revealed in flashbacks that there was some sinister activities in the house in the years that had passed. Surprise!! The 'twist' in the end is not much of a twist at all, and Murphy looks spaced out and dazed throughout the film (kind of how she looked in "Don't say a Word," only a decade or so older.) Needless to say, this role is no stretch for Murphy.

Thora Birch is creepy and believable as the ghost woman in the flashbacks, and her performance creates an eerie, tense mood that make the film a worthwhile rental for fans of this genre, but not much more.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but Flawed April 14, 2010
I didn't go into this movie expecting much considering the cover and it seemed the same as a million other ghost movies I have seen in the past 10 years. Throughout viewing this movie I was dissappointed and entralled.

Brittany Murphy plays as a screenwriter who has just moved into a creepy, old mansion to complete her new script. The movie is filled with odd sounds and bumps in the night, which was glorified in the original Shirley Jackson classic, "The Haunting".

About less than midway in the film Murphy finds a collection of home videos of the previous owners. Of course she watches her find and becomes obsessed. On tape is the documentation of a disgruntled married couple, played by Thora Birch and Marc Blucas. Quickly, she discovers there are frightening similarities between Thora and herself. Brittany discovers later that Thora is murdered and her ghost still haunts the estate.

At first, this movie moves like an Asian horror film, its creepy and almost poetic with its style, however, theres only one problem. There is a scene where Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata is playing, Murphy follows the music and sees dead Thora Birch playing the piano, instead of Birch slowly turning to face Murphy the scene becomes loud and obnoxious with poor cgi effects. The result was a cheap scare that lacked a jump. In this one specific scene I have listed two facts that annoyed me. 1. The director went for a poor scare tactic vs. the ghost slowly turning and facing Murphy. 2. PLEASE FORGET CGI WHEN SOMETHING IS SIMPLE *as in Thora's deathly makeup* BE CREATIVE AND USE OLD SCHOOL EFECTS! If Dick Smith could shock millions with makeup and latex what is stopping Hollywood now?

Instead of giving up on the movie, I watched it till the end and the twist was redeeming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully clear that she was too out of it to perform December 3, 2013
I love Brittany Murphy. She was extremely talented. Please check out her prior works, like "Dead Girl," or "Don't Say a Word," or "Girl Interrupted."

Something was wrong with her in this film. She looks drugged. There is a scene where her character falls asleep, with her head resting on a table. We see a 'ghost' walk behind her. The action called for Brittany to snap awake, with a startled gasp. But as you watch this moment in the film, it looks off, and this is because Brittany's eyes are glazed and she is unable to open them wide in surprise. She makes the gasp and quickly lifts her head, as directed, but she is simply too out of it to carry the action through to her eyes. It saddens me that this once amazing young star is forever caught on film in this sort of stupor. Rumor has it that she was nodding off and passing out between takes, and sadly, I believe them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Deadline is Dead... Dead... Dead...
I did not like this film. There is barely any talking in this film. And Brittany Murphy does a bad job
of looking around desperately thinking something is wrong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical Ghost-Haunted House Movie
Not a very original storyline. Typical haunted house story. Good to watch at Halloween. Too many plot holes for my liking. I'm not into scary movies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RMS
5.0 out of 5 stars spooky
she is a good actress.I always liked her a lot. this movie is good because she in it. I added it to my collection., I am a horror movie fan still to this day.
Published 7 months ago by ARCHANGel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Murder Mystery
Brittany died too soon, but surprised how many movies she completed. This one is just enough eeriness to keep you interested. I lie her comedies better, like Ramen Girl.
Published 7 months ago by Delvina Belzil
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadline
This is a very twisted movie staring Brittnay Murphy about one who has to write a book and time is running out she is staying in a old house with a story unfolds.
Published 9 months ago by dale l naylor
3.0 out of 5 stars OK movie
I watched it mainly to see Brittany Murphy. I really like her as an actress. Its a thriller so be prepared, but good to watch!
Published 12 months ago by Sharon D.
5.0 out of 5 stars great little sleeper
interesting little thriller.... I really found it grabbing... not full of gore and a nice little twist, the acting soft
Published 12 months ago by susan elsenbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars DEADLINE
What can I say... Brittany Murphy is a SPECTULAR ACTRESS... and will be missed A lot.. the movie screens will never be the same!
Published 15 months ago by Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This movie was pretty good I have purchased other movie with Brittany Murphy before that was better than this. Sissy,Avondale,Wva.
Published 16 months ago by Sissy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, RIP Brittany Murphy
This is a very well thought out and suspensful movie. Definately one that I would recommend to anyone into the suspense/horror type movie.
Published 18 months ago by R. Dess
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