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As I said, the setup is very interesting. It's a shame, then, that director Craig Singer (who also helmed the abysmal DARK RIDE from the first Horror-fest) could not find an interesting story to tell with such fertile ground. It's hard to really decide where the blame should go. The film is largely shot well, and the acting is, at worst, average for a horror film. So who to blame? I would begin with the writers. The dialogue itself is not particularly bad, but it is the plotting and pacing that cause the film to suffer. The film spends exactly half of its running time getting to the point of releasing the killers - while the first half is interesting in a slowly-building tension sort of way as the cop and kidnapper engage in a "Hannibal Lector" style dialogue, it goes on entirely too long, and as such we aren't given nearly enough time to invest in the aftermath of the psychos being unleashed. A better director would have accomplished the first half of the film in about twenty minutes.
As for that second half, being rushed and probably working with a limited budget, we have to glean from radio calls that the mayhem is going on city wide, because we never really see it.Read more ›
The good: the cinematography. I liked the way it flowed and looked professional.
The bad: everything else. The directing was appalling. It's all long shots and close-ups. I can't remember and medium shots. There are constant flashbacks. It's usually those jittery flashbacks you see in horror where the camera is flicking and jumping from shot to shot. Plus, there is idiotic camera shaking to try to make the scene appear more tense. I can't think of any viewer who has liked to watch camera shaking. Why do directors put this crap in?
The acting was bad, wooden, and forced. Yes, the lines were cliched. The script was terrible. The characterizations were one-dimensional and cliched. So were the situations: "Hey, there's a guy with a bloody axe walking toward us. Let me walk up to him and ask him what he's doing." Yes, it features the obligatory unsuspecting teenagers who are having sex and smoking marijuana getting attacked/murdered in cliched horror. It also features police officers who enter a scene without drawing their guns. Yes, when the main cop character sees his partner bloodied and hanging from a ceiling, the cop does not decide to draw his gun. Amazing. Whenenver the cops do draw their gun they hold it like you'd hold a TV remote. All--and I mean all--the police officers in the town of Stone Cove are incompetent. From the license plates, Stone Cove is in Maine. Thus, we can only assume that the U.S. state of Maine has the dumbest cops in the United States. Plus, they are entirely useless.Read more ›
This is the worst movie in the After Dark Horrorfest III. The acting is average for a horror movie, but the pacing is too slow, the makeup effects are horrible, and the dialogue is laughable. I forgot to mention about the countless plot holes! The cops in the movie are unbelievable! Hooper's daughter is a teenager, but I find it odd that she is dating a guy that is probably in his thirties and Hooper doesn't care! I know other reviewers hated the ending, but it didn't bother me one bit as I didn't like any of the characters.
The problem here is that we're not seeing anything particularly new in the zombie genre. This is all run of the mill stuff. Some of the acting is pretty bad as well. The mother spends her entire time freaking out and overexaggerating, the daughter is a dirty little... and the father sporting his Raul Ibanez look (Yankees/Mariners/Phillies baseball player) is one of the highlights being an "always ready for anything" police officer, in addition to being pretty intelligent and focused. The biggest problem is that the man responsible for creating these abnormal beings gets written out of the storyline fairly early and it's a shame since he's clearly the most enticing character in the movie given his unpredictable and offbeat persona. What a waste of potential. Not a bad movie though, hence the 3-star rating. It could have been more.
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Can you hear it? I can hear it. It's critics out there whining, "this movie wasn't constructed right. It;s like they tried to turn a serial killer movie into a zombie movie. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
This movie was a huge disappointment. I was looking forward to watching it and was really let down when I did. Cheesy movie, don't waste your time.Published on October 11, 2013 by JULIE STOOKSBURY
This is B horror movies at its worst! If there were a C movie category, this would be an ideal candidate for it. The acting in this movie was poor. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by NickSTX
If you put your brain on hold, this is not a bad movie. There are several logic flaws in the picture, but if you suspend belief, it's a nice ride. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Paul Misner
I've just finished watching for the second time Perkins 14 and then read some of the reviews.
I (of course judging by the one star) could not agree more with the one star... Read more
This has got to be the strangest looking, least talented cast I've ever seen. They must have gotten every freaky looking goon with a Screen Actors Guild card to star in this thing... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Todd Smith
This is a awesome movie. these after dark horrorfest films get better every year. this one was very good. i loved the story and the actors were great. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by David