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The Deaths of Ian Stone (After Dark Horrorfest) (2008)

Mike Vogel , Jaime Murray , Dario Piana  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mike Vogel, Jaime Murray, Christina Cole, Michael Feast, Charlie Anson
  • Directors: Dario Piana
  • Writers: Brendan Hood
  • Producers: Brendan Hood, Brian J. Gilbert, Paul Ritchie, Ralph Kamp, Stan Winston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127RAI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Deaths of Ian Stone (After Dark Horrorfest)" on IMDb

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On an otherwise ordinary night, the young Ian Stone encounters a mysterious creature and is forced into the path of an oncoming train. Rather than facing certain death, Ian finds himself reborn into a new life that feels strangely familiar. After his seco

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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Demonic Déjà Vu November 10, 2007
Format:Theatrical Release
"You know those days when everything seems wrong?" asks Ian Stone (Mike Vogel), an American living in England. "This is one of those days." As he sits in his car, he looks into the eyes of his girlfriend, Jenny (Christina Cole), feeling confused and frustrated--he's part of his college's Hockey team, and that rainy night, he cost them the game because of a faulty timer stuck on 5:03. After a few moments, he drops Jenny off and begins the drive home. At a railroad crossing, he sees a body lying in the middle of the road--he goes to check it, only to be attacked. The body is not a body at all, but rather a black, gaseous form with long limbs that shift into pointy objects. It immediately pushes Ian onto the railroad tracks, just as a train passes through. Only then does Ian suddenly wake up in an office building, sitting behind a desk with mounting paperwork. It's currently 5:03, and the boss wants a presentation ready by 6:00.

These are the opening segments of "The Deaths of Ian Stone," a taut, mysterious, and ultimately disappointing film that pits the title character against a slew of alternate realities. He enters each new reality by somehow dying in the previous one, and he always enters by waking up at 5:03. Clearly, this is a fascinating idea, and up until about halfway, it works wonderfully. This is the point at which the tension builds itself up, with very little explained; basically, we can gather information only as Ian gathers it. Initially, not much is known apart from the recurring image of a clock displaying 5:03. We do see that he lives in London with his girlfriend, Medea (Jaime Murray), and that he's beginning to remember things that supposedly never took place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"The Deaths of Ian Stone" is really more science-fiction than it is horror, so it may well be the oddest of the 8 films 2 die 4 that made up the 2007 version of the After Death Horrorfest. Mike Vogel plays the title character, and after playing in a hockey game he is killed by an unseen creature. But the next thing we know there is Ian, waking up in his office. We might be tempted to think this Ian was just having a dream for the film's opening sequences, a common occurrence in horror films, but the title pretty much clues us in that this is not the case this time around. When Ian Stone dies a second time it becomes clear that this is going to becoming his daily routine until he figures out what is going on.

Being trapped in a day that keeps repeating itself or in your basic time loop has been a story line that has been used to great effect in the past. The obvious reference point is "Groundhog Day," but there have been classic episodes of televisions shows such as "Star Trek The Next Generation" ("Cause and Effect"), "The X-Files" ("Monday"), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ("Life Serial"), and most recently a hysterical episode of "Supernatural" ("Mystery Spot"). Then again there was "Day Break," a recent television show based on that premise that quickly sank beneath the waves of low Nielsen ratings, so the premise usually works, but not always.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can the Cycle be Broken? January 19, 2009
I think this was one of the better After Dark movies in the 2nd year batch, it certainly kept my interest throughout and that's more than I can say about some of the other movies in this "event."

This may not be a true horror film but it has enough elements to fit into the genre, more than Borderland or Tooth and Nail! The story revolves around a man that keeps getting killed (is it a dream or reality?) and then wakes up to face death again. Every day this cycle is happening and there is a girl that keeps showing up in his many "lives."

The film has an interesting premise and it was a lot better than I had anticipated it being. A horror groundhog day is not a bad way to put it but it's a little more than that. There are some very intense scenes that almost leave you claustrophobic wondering if the protagonist is going to be able to ever get out of this ongoing cycle of death.

The film is not overly bloody but there are some "painful" moments that the central character has to suffer through. Others here have given a deeper synopsis of the plot but part of the fun in this movie is learning what is going on, so I will not go into any further detail. I think this movie was fun and entertaining and it kept my interest, while it's not the greatest movie in the world it is a fun ride for 90 minutes no matter how implausible it might be. If you want a rollercoaster ride this is a good one to check out as the action really never stops as the main character slowly unravels the mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good For one of Those "After Dark Horrorfest" movies!
For one of those "After Dark Horrorfest" movies it was really good. The plot was weak but the acting was good and the story itself was uplifting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by darman1817
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Movie
The Deaths of Ian Stone was pretty good. I enjoyed the acting, and the plot was well thought out.
I would watch it again.
Published 11 months ago by G. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I happened to catch this on Sci-Fi years ago. I really enjoyed it!
Bought it on Amazon Instant Video recently. Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. Winthorpe III
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deaths Of Ian Stone
This movie is awesome. this is one of my favorite movies from the afterdark horrorfest sereis 2007. this is just a great movie. it will not be what you expect. Read more
Published 24 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Chick Flick with a drug problem.
As far as After Dark...8 films to die for...this is definitely the best one that I have seen. Many of the others are merely average to below average. Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Just some old guy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Fun
As far as the 8 films to die for series goes this one rates among the better ones. It has it's story and sticks to it. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Movie Grab Bag
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
this really wasnt a horror movie although there were a few scary scenes...but regardless i thought this movie was pretty damn good.... Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by ljtheprophet
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled, this certainly isn't "horror".
The After Dark Horror Fest is a pretty inconsistent series. Each year there are some gems in the bunch along with some duds. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by TheJackal86
4.0 out of 5 stars YES
I recommend this video. Horror films can be quick and dirty these days, relying on special effects and mood music alone, while a monotone boring script with dull cliche acting... Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by Mike Silverman
1.0 out of 5 stars Ubermenschstrating Ouroboros
Poor Ian Stone. He's got girl troubles. His shape-shifting, reality-bending "ball & chain" found out about his mistress, his one true love, his Lois Lane. Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by Automated Message
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