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Side Sho (2008)

J.D. Hart , Toni Robider , Michael D'Anna  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: J.D. Hart, Toni Robider, Dana Poulson, J.R. Reynolds, Elizabeth Bailey
  • Directors: Michael D'Anna
  • Producers: Gene Witham, Frank Fox, Mary Jo Kilzer, Paula Fox
  • 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: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00195FUFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Side Sho" on IMDb

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A suburban family on vacation in the backwoods of Florida ventures off the beaten path in search of historic roadside attractions. They find much more than they bargained for, including a forgotten tourist attraction that houses a dark secret... John Davi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP-SHO September 14, 2008
Why are there so many bad horror movies at Blockbuster? How do they even make it past the student film showcase? Side-Sho is god aweful. I don't mean the type of bad that its so bad its good (Troma), I mean the filmmakers of this movie tried so hard and they wasted good money. DO NOT BUY/RENT/OR WASTE the 1 hour 1/2 on this crapfest. It has to be a student film from some community college somewhere, because the acting is the worst and its a ripoff of every good horror movie of the past 5 years. there isn't even NUDITY to make up for any of this. there is literally ONE small boob. thats it. ONE! I'd rather watch my dying grandmother take a dump than sit through CRAP SHO one more time. The filmmakers of this movie should be literally crapped on for an 1 1/2 hours. Amateurs!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this Side Sho August 8, 2008
Poorly filmed, chock full of bad acting (and fat hoochies), Side Sho is a bad idea put on film. The story is a copy of "The Hills Have Eyes", which is part of the problem. A bunch of yuppies decide to go off the beaten path and wind up getting torn apart by mutant redneck circus folk.

The director must of used old film stock, that probably explains why this cliche riddled film is so grainy. Do yourself a favor - buy something else.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure if some of the reviewers are friends of people involved with this film or maybe all of their mothers trying to help their career or maybe they are all the review of some lonely guy in Antartica.

All I know is that I don't think they must have watched the same movie as I did and if that's the case, I am soooo jealous because I would love to get the time back that I spent watching it. The dialogue was forced with every line delivered including the name of the person they were speaking to, such as "Where are we now, John?", "Good going, Dad" or "What am I doing in this movie, mommy?"
The acting...well, it wasn't really acting and the storyline was not unique and any episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has better effects. I really do admire low budget productions that are done really well, but this is just not one of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dad wants to stop at an old side show attraction in Florida and take pictures of it on the way to taking his pretty daughter along with her pretty friend to a softball tournament. Mom and son play along to keep dad happy. They all find out it's a lot more than just a harmless attraction. FREAKY PEOPLE HANG OUT THERE!!!

This ain't a bad movie. It's called Side Sho, minus the "w", because the Side Show sign is missing the last letter at the first of the film. The letter has either fallen off or faded out.

I swear, during the first half of the movie, all I could think about is how much the overall look of the family reminded me of just about any family in an old ABC "After School Special". I'm pretty sure that's the look they were going for. If that's not the look they were going for, it's the look they ended up having.

The second half of the movie really gets going with some pretty good fight scenes. I was suprised by the characters that were killed off and the ending is ironic.

The dude that played the "Dog Thing" is one of the greatest physical actors of all time. This alone is worth getting the movie for. A lot of people can bark or make a noise like a dog. This guy opened up and revealed his inner dog. He's more dog than man. If you think how he was moving on the ground is easy, try it yourself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Side Blows October 20, 2008
This is just another quickly-made, low-budget, quirky, cheesy horror film. Take it for what it is, and have a few laughs while watching.
The reviews that give this movie 5 stars are quite hilarious because this movie is in no way a five star movie.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A family looking for some old roadside attractions to include in the father's coffee-table book come across an ancient, decrepit old freak show run by an eccentric one-eyed man. When their family van breaks down upon leaving the sideshow, they're forced to stay at a nearly abandoned fishing camp that was the site of a prison break decades prior.

There have been many films in the 'freak' subgenre of horror, ranging from Tod Browning's beloved 'Freaks' (1932) to Alex Winter's hilarious 'Freaked' (1993). Those are both classics (or soon-to-be with 'Freaked'). 'Side Sho,' however, never will be. And if it ever does reach classic status. . . well, it will be an obvious clue to the sad state of our genre. From the ridiculously bad opening song to the 17-year-old daughter that's obviously older than her natural mother, this film did not have much going for it. The writing was subpar, but not completely awful. . . just boring. The direction was poor, and the rare freak effects were pretty horrendous and unbelievable. The acting was abysmal and the casting was even worse. Anyone who would believe the ages of these two camp-age teenagers must not have met a teenager in a long, long time. There was far from enough gore & violence to make up for the lack of any other quality. . . and when there was a bit of violence, it was not well done at all. And, I can't forget to mention the ending fight scenes which were, with all honesty, some of the worst I've ever, ever seen in a film. Overall, this is an easily forgettable and poorly made horror film that deserves to be left alone at the bottom of the dollar bin.

Final verdict: 2.5/10.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars well done horror movie!!!
I enjoyed side sho alot.The movie has good amount of gore, great story. Reminds me alot like the cool 80's horror movies of that time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by brett
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
Not bad movie. But they just don't make scary movies like they use to. Simple and easy to buy and stream to my tv. Laptop or iPad through amazon instant video. Read more
Published 21 months ago by moosie2797
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one and keep looking
If what you are looking for has a thin plot, horrible writing and even worse acting, this is your movie. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rob Ling
1.0 out of 5 stars Run as fast as you can!
There is no other way to describe what you want to do just 5 minutes into this work of failure!
I love most of the B movies I watch, but this has to be the worst waste of time... Read more
Published 23 months ago by OklaKen
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is the worst crap i have seen this year
This is by far the worst horror movie I have seen all year. I watch horror almost exclusively so I have seen some bad movies but this now rates the worst.
Published on September 24, 2012 by horrorfan12
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, it isn't even funny
Seriously, don't waste your time. I like cheesy, bad horror movies, but this was just painful to watch. Pay attention to the 1 and 2 star reviews. Read more
Published on September 16, 2012 by Carol Martzinek
2.0 out of 5 stars CREEP SHO
A family straight out of a sixties sitcom makes the familiar cinematic mistake of taking a backroad to see the sights and end up at a fallen down sideshow full of inbred freaks who... Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by Michael Butts
3.0 out of 5 stars Campy (Low Budget) Freak Fest
"Side Sho" tells the story of a family (with a friend) traveling to a softball tourmament somewhere in Florida. Read more
Published on April 3, 2009 by Eddie Quist
Published on April 1, 2009
1.0 out of 5 stars THEM GALS IS FOR BREEDIN'
A family on a trip take a time-out to visit a side show because Dad needs more photos for his coffee table book. Read more
Published on September 14, 2008 by Robert F. Powers
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