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Skeleton Crew (2008)

Steve Porter  |  R |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Porter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026IQTNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the Early 1970's a remote mental institution next to the Russian border was shut down by the police. Before it was closed, DR Anderson made a series of snuff films using his patients. The doctor filmed all the murders in 8mm, and started to call himself "The Auteur". Thirty years later, an American film crew arrives in Finland to shoot a horror movie about the massacre, and are unaware that they are about to become the stars of their director's real life snuff film, they are in one. The Auteur is slaying the Skeleton Crew one by one.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please, please, please do not waste your money! July 26, 2009
I enjoy small budget horror movies in addition to the blockbusters. I came across this movie at Best Buy, so I thought I would give it a chance. It's a cross between Saw and Hostel. The first 15 minutes start out great. I was very interested. Then the viewer learns that a "remake" of some snuff films is being made (then switch to the real movie). I always hate those movies in which movies are being made inside the movie--especially in horror films. Well, the "skeleton crew" finds the real snuff films made by a madman in the run-down mental hospital. The director becomes obsessed with them and begins killing the crew while filming it. After the first 15 minutes of the movie, it goes downhill fast. The characters are not likeable, and I really did not care if they got killed or not. It just becomes so ridiculous. Characters are walking around aimlessly in the building looking around corners. I really do not think this movie would even make it to the Sci Fi network 10 years from now. I watched about 3/4 of the movie then got up out my bed to write this review. The movie is so bad that I want my money back.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wow bad. September 8, 2009
There are varying degrees of bad. Some of my favorite movies are what I call 'awesomely bad.' A few examples of this would be Gingerdead Man, Sick Nurses, Versus, or Chainsaw Sally. Unfortunately, Skeleton Crew doesn't fall into this category. This one is more of a 'Wow' bad.

To explain: The main character starts out surviving a car crash and walking to a nearby insane asylum for assistance. Roll Eyes Here. Anyway, from the very beginning, the actress playing the main character was not very good at her trade. Not very good at all. Beyond that, she had no screen presence, she is somewhat unattractive and she speaks in a brutish sounding Eastern European accent. I hate to sound so critical, but I seriously wondered who the actress might have been in bed with to get even this meager role. Perhaps she was the director's girlfriend or something. As it turned out, that exact scenario was worked into the plot. She was 'playing' a bad actress who was sleeping with the director. Aha.

Next, we meet the director of the asylum who is, in my estimation, perhaps the second worst actor I've ever seen in a movie. EVER. And for reference, the #1 worst actor starred in the horrible Beyond the Wall of Sleep DVD.
But then, we are shown that the actor playing the asylum director is 'playing' a bad actor. Nevertheless, all the rest of his scenes are bad, just like the main character's. Go figure. In fact, other than the young girl playing the character Anna, the movie is filled with bad actors well deserving of gruesome horror-flick deaths.

Finally, it is explained how the whole experience is actually a movie within a movie, within another movie. Sadly, all three movies are beyond redemption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining in a very surprising way May 31, 2010
If you consider the sum to be strictly the whole of its parts, this movie should get a negative ranking, i.e., less than 0/5 stars. If for no other reason than some of the acting being quite possibly the worst I've ever seen, it should fail. However, I have to say I found something enjoyable in this film. Sure it is nothing more than a take on Hostel, and even glimmers of House on Haunted Hill, but it was fun. I know this review is going to sound terribly unhelpful, but I encourage you to give it at least a rental shot. Certainly not recommending a purchase, but a rental isn't a terrible choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton Crew stays true to the genre... April 19, 2013
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I had previously added Skeleton Crew to my "Instant Que" on Netflix and as usual, by the time I decided to watch it, it was "no longer available". So, I ended up buying it from a reputable seller here at Amazon. If you're a hardcore horror fan with a pension for B movies and indie horror then you won't be disappointed. It was definitely worth the $5 that I purchased it for (used) and that included "standard" shipping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TITLE... July 15, 2010
GREAT TITLE...for a movie about dead pirates. This is somewhat of a SAW ripoff with various torture/killing scenes but none of the "intellect" of the movie.

The movie goes on for awhile until it lets you know that it is a movie within a movie. In the 1970's the doctor at this hospital (movie location) made snuff films of his patients. This movie is about that doctor. Then they find a hidden room which contained the actual snuff films. The director watches the film. Soon people start to die, but it is not a who-dun-it.

The voices didn't match the lips (foreign). There was some language, simulated sex/oral sex/ girl-girl action. Some very minor nudity, but nothing worth the rental.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When Inspiration is Greater Than Execution August 24, 2009
Have you ever been very aware you were watching a movie?
Like the acting, & and unspecial effects were so bad you felt like you were just watching people make pretend?
Have you ever cursed yourself for an hour and a half about twenty bucks you'll never get back?
If you still care by this point:
It's a low-budget flick about a film crew making a horror movie in an abandoned haunted mental institution.
The same wacko-basket where 30 years earlier a doctor killed his patients for his own personal snuff films.
Guess what super-nova of a idea Mr. Director gets,
when they stumble upon said snuff flicks in a sealed off room containing a chair, a projector, and a giant popcorn machine?
Is he overcome with inspiration? Or overtaken by possession??
The movie itself reflects this whole inspiration theme by dropping more names than a public school attendance list.
Though it doesn't seem to play up the possession angle as much.
Just hints at it.
It's not a terrible idea for a horror flick mind you... I mean the film within the film.... the actual film isn't bad either.
Though the addition of spirits to the plot was unnecessary, and could have easily been removed, the overall idea was interesting enough.
With a bigger budget, and better actors this might have actually been a pretty decent flick.
The special effects were amateurish, which is essential in the kind of flick where gore is the star.
But they weren't bad enough to kill the flick, just tame it.
The acting is what ultimately seals this flicks tomb.
Most of the time it felt god-awful, though sometimes it felt like it might have been improving.
In the end it was bad enough to keep you from getting into the story.
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