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Playback (2012)

Christian Slater , Ambyr Childers , Michael A. Nickles  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar
  • Directors: Michael A. Nickles
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079ZWUU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Julian (Johnny Pacar) enlists his friends to film a reenactment of the town's gruesome Harlan Diehl family murders for a school project. He asks social outcast Quinn (Toby Hemingway), an employee at the local news station, to assist with video equipment and research. During Quinn's examination of raw video footage of the Diehl family farm, an evil spirit is unleashed with a menacing agenda. As Julian s friends start disappearing, local police officer, Frank Lyons (Christian Slater), receives the order to investigate. As the secrets of the past are unveiled, the dark entity threatens to consume everyone in its way.

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"Now I know the reason he killed his whole family. He was possessed." While a group of high school students are making a movie for a class they begin to uncover a dark secret involving the town's past. When one student watches a tape of the event he goes through a change that affects everyone he knows. I have to start by saying that I was surprised with how much I enjoyed and was entertained by this. That said this is just above a B movie. The acting is actually not that bad and the effects are pretty good. The plot of the movie is a cross between "Mirrors" and "The Ring" and is as entertaining as those were. I really am surprised by how much I enjoyed this, but I had no idea what to expect going in. I know I'm rambling on this one but I really can't explain why I liked this so much but I did and I recommend this. Overall, a surprising movie that is actually one of the better B grade horror movies I have seen lately. I give it a B+
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yiiiiiii-i-i-i-i-i-kes...!! May 9, 2012
This is a creepy, genuinely disturbing, graphically violent slasher/horror movie about a kind of demon that passes from person to person via videotape and film, sort of a cross between "Damien" and "The Ring." Although the violence can be a bit nauseating, the script is deliberate and multilayered, moving calmly from one unexpected turn of events to another. If you don't like scary movies, avoid this... But if you do, you'll dig it. It's creepy. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not exactly a B flick! March 21, 2013
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I found it interesting from the start. It held your attention and it was sort of complex (everything makes sense at the end). I don't believe in giving spoilers, so I won't - but, you should give this a watch. I gave it four stars as a B flick, but I lean more towards A rated. You have murder, perversion and possession all wrapped up in this film. It's going in my collection of DVD's!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars remember not every clam has a pearl June 2, 2013
By sonya
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But all the necessary parts are there! I looooooove scary creepy movies! I liked the premise of the movie and also that Christian slater was in it(barely) Instead of looking up a more detailed synopsis I went with the tiny blurb> I usually do not look at anything less than 3 stars no 4 stars to be honest> but I have seen recently so many 4 to 4 1/2 that sucked I said lets try a 3! I liked it so much better than I thought! I put my critical mind to sleep and sat back and rolled with it fun ride creepy antagonist and I mean creepy! A twist so surprising I held my hand to my mouth proclaiming "no way" I haven't done that since the movie " the Crying game" I will definitely watch it again. could give a crap about how horrible of a film an embarrassment! whatever movies are made to entertain us and make us feel different emotions. this film bulls eyed it! if there were better ways to promote it it definitely could have made a profit and a possible sequel. which I think they should maybe they can create a pearl. Its all there figure out how to create it! I think it should become a cult if a bunch of people play it at a Horror party mixed with already seen and not yet! wow could be fun for both parties! sequel sequel Call me its on!!!!!lol thanks I had fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better thrillers I've seen lately March 19, 2013
By Tsennya
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This movie could have been a 5 but there were a couple places where it did drag a bit, there were a couple places where they went for the gross-out (luckily they were few and fairly quick), and the gratuitous boobies.

When you get past that, it was a good story (with plenty of creepy), the acting was good, and the old farmhouse set was great.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "SCARY, CREEPY, DISTURBING!" June 15, 2012
An evil demon is about to visit. What blows your mind as much as the sudden visit is Where it's coming from! Highly recommended for all horror lovers. The acting performance is excellent, there is Fear everywhere and the fright will knock your socks off. Entertaining it is indeed right to the end as you sit on the edge-of-your-seat. What happens next will certainly leave you with Nightmares!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie. February 11, 2013
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This is a good movie. I enjoyed watching it. If you are a horror fan, as I am, you should watch this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO WATCH February 12, 2012
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The movie opens in Oct.21, 1994 in classic horror/slasher style. The killer has an unhealthy "Ring" like connection to his TV. He also has a hand held camera to film his killings. The film is grainy, a woman is screaming, there is blood, and a dog is barking. Good horror stuff. By the time it is all over, cops show up and everyone is dead. The opening includes a great leaping stab.

In today's time Julian (Johnny Pacar) is making a movie of the event as a class project. He also seeks some stock footage from the local news station. In this horror film we are given the gratuitous nude shots of the young girls as they are being secretly filmed by Quinn (Toby Hemingway) the teen who works at the news station. Quinn in turn sells these thumb drive films to a local admirer (policeman Christian Slater) of the female form. As expected the "Ring" aspect we saw earlier enters the film.

I liked the discussion of the "hand-held" camera technique. The maker of the film claims it gives the movie "energy" while the viewer describes it as giving him "a headache." Toby Hemingway plays a good moody psychotic teen. Decent sound track.

F-bomb, No sex, Nudity (Jana Veldheer, locker room extras) 4 1/2 STARS
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2.0 out of 5 stars Playback
This movie was not so good, acting was not so good, loud music throughout the movie could not hear the actors, this movie looked like a B movie so since of realism.
Published 11 days ago by Leon Del
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, slow, tedious, and not scary at all.
I am a huge wuss when it comes to horror movies, especially of the "aaaaah Supernatural being! Can't shoot it, can't hit it with a bat, it can pass through walls aaaaaah! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen James
4.0 out of 5 stars well done
It was fast moving and suspense full.I was not disappointed in the least.Great for those who like to figure out what is going on.
Published 1 month ago by Gary Lawyer
1.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much worse
Absolutely horrible moving with bad acting, bad screenplay and bad score. The beauty of editing for previews sake wins the producers of this film an Oscar because they made this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by powerthrashingdeath
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad...but not unwatchable
This one wasn't necessarily a good movie...but wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Christian Slater has a very minor role so don't watch this just because he's in it.
Published 2 months ago by Bigg Walloper
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't finish
couldn't finish watching it, just didn't catch my interest soon enough so not much to write about. see what u think
Published 2 months ago by René
3.0 out of 5 stars Why to Like?
The only reason I like this movie is because Christian Slater dies, and that is always good in any movie.
Published 2 months ago by Ex-Buyer
2.0 out of 5 stars The Only Scary Part is that Some People Like It
From the reviews, it seems like there are plenty of people who have some sort of appreciation and enthusiasm for "Playback. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sollipsist
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Ok. Good way to fill 2 hours up. I'm 50/50 on this one. Love the horror, most of the acting was good and really liked the storyline.
Published 3 months ago by Cindy Hartline
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for free
Definitely worthy of a free rental. It's okay to watch if you're folding laundry. There is the requisite blood and gore. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lola Jones
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