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Deadline (2009)

Brittany Murphy , Thora Birch , Sean McConville  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch
  • Directors: Sean McConville
  • Format: 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M9FSD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deadline" on IMDb

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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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34 of 34 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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12 of 13 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not about man-hating... December 14, 2009
***** spoiler alert (maybe)******

Whoever called this a man-hating movie didn't watch it through to the end (or else didn't understand it). It is really more of a psychological thriller about sanity and the blending of reality and imagination. I was unsure until the very end what was really going on (which makes me happy as so many movies are too easy to see through). I found it spooky and interesting. I won't say any more as I don't want to spoil it for others who like having to figure things out.....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Adam
First off I'd like to say that the only reason I purchased this movie is because Brittany Murphy is in it. I've been a fan of Brittany's since "Don't Say A Word," "Just Married," "Uptown Girls," and "Little Black Book" and after she died, I decided to watch all over her other movies and am very glad I did. Either you think she is utterly sexy, enthralling, vivacious, strong yet vulnerable, genuine, and irresistible or you don't. It's such a shame that she died. In this movie you really start to see her growing into 30-something-year-old, more mature, "womanly" roles as opposed to the younger slapstick or strung-out roles that marked most of her career. I would have loved to have seen her in more serious dramas as she got older (Falling Sky was an early indication of the type of serious, mature drama she was capable of even though she was only 20 to 21 years old in that film).

As far as "Deadline" is concerned, first, I think most people are judging this from the perspective of a big-budget Hollywood production. It was a low-budget independent, art house movie by First Look Studio and should be viewed and judged with that in mind. Second, this movie is best viewed late at night with all the lights turned off - it's very much an atmospheric movie. Third, the movie is much better on second viewing. Aside from the enjoyment of watching the gorgeous and haunting Brittany Murphy, the film didn't really click or appeal to me on first viewing. However, I absolutely loved it on second and subsequent viewings. If you are a fan of Brittany Murphy and want to own one of her last works and/or are a fan of the old-fashioned "haunted house" or "mysterious thrillers with a twist that make you think" films that Alfred Hitchcock perfected than you should definitely add this blu-ray to your collection.
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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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Delvina Belzil
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully clear that she was too out of it to perform
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by waterhouse fan
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 4 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 7 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 7 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 10 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 11 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 13 months ago by R. Dess
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