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Skulls 3 [VHS] (2004)

Clare Kramer , Bryce Johnson , J. Miles Dale  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clare Kramer, Bryce Johnson, Barry Bostwick, Steve Braun (II), Karl Pruner
  • Directors: J. Miles Dale
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000189LCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Clare Kramer of TV's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" stars as Taylor Brooks, a sexy, young undergrad who is determined to become the first female member of the secret Skulls society. After she coerces the Council into including her in the initiation rites of the elite brotherhood, Taylor soon finds herself engulfed in a sinister world of deception, intimidation and murder.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No one is forcing you to see this. March 28, 2004
By A Customer
So I rented this DVD for two reasons. The first is that I really liked the first one. The second one was terrible, but I liked the first and was hopeful that perhaps the makers were trying to remedy the gigantic mistake Skulls 2 was by trying again. The second reason was that there was at least one hot girl who got naked in Skulls 2 and I was hoping for equivalent or greater nudity.
There was no nudity in this movie. The lead girl is very pretty, and a swimmer, but that's as far as it went. But as for my first reason, I was not as disappointed. This is much, much better than the second movie. This is in fact not a waste of time and space. There are some good moments that are feebly left to themselves, but overall this is an average movie.
In short:
> Predictable plot twists
> Interesting premise to the Skulls idea (I mean, face it, besides the idea of a cool secret society, they don't have much to go on)
> Some rather scary and, in my opinion, well-filmed moments of climax or drama.
> The direction is good. The dialogue is mediocre and predictable and as another reviewer mentions, reeks of mid-budget tv-shows. But the movie is directed well. Not extraordinarily, but the plot is made decently real.
> The characters are not very human, but if you take the cues and invoke your emotions, it gets human. Kinda like an interactive thing :-)
So basically, I liked it, although I might not have had I not seen Skulls 2 and thus not had pitifully low expectations. Check this one out if you have nothing to do, don't make it a party event.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A skull movie above any other..... April 23, 2004
This is the 3rd installment in the Skulls series- the skulls is an ultra-secret/prestigious and powerful college society. They mold and support its male members, turning them into the most powerful leaders. In this 3rd series Clare Kramer plays Taylor, an accomplished young woman whose father is a Skull and her brother committed suicide when he couldn't become a skull.
Taylor sues the Skulls under gender discrimination and she is reluctantly accepted as its first female inductee. Taylor wants her Dad's acceptance and she thinks entry into the Skulls is one way. But not everyone, not even her Dad, wants Taylor in the Skulls. The story is told in flashbacks...Clare Kramer is great in the lead role and reminds me of a young Ashley Judd.
The movie's murder and mysteries are intruging, the viewers don't even find out who the victim is until well into the movie. The identity of the final hero, betrayer and murderer came as a genuine surprise to me. The Skulls III is actually, IMHO, the best of the series.
The DVD offers the basic scene selection, plus bonus features-the trailer and an inside look at the making of the Skulls III with commentarys from the director and actors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skulls 3 May 8, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It took 2 false starts until they made the best Skulls. This movie was by far the best skulls so far. Of course you know's the baddy its always the cute ones. And in this movie there is 3 gorgeous guys all hot for one girl(Claire Kramer). This movie is defiantly worth 5 stars it doesnt drag on and they have captured your attention by the first scene right up until the last
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NUMB SKULLS November 5, 2005
Clare Kramer's passionate and controlled performance elevates this SKULLS entry, possibly the most effective of the trilogy. She plays the daughter of a former Skulls member who challenges their "no female" rule and manages to get herself inducted into the secret covert society. As in the other two SKULLS, a murder occurs with the requisite coverup and it's up to Kramer to expose the organization. The movie has some tense moments and avoids some tired cliches of the other two. Bryce Johnson is the sleazy Roger, and his involvement in the scam is surprisingly resolved. Vets Barry Bostwick and Len Cariou round out the cast and while everything's fairly predictable, a few twists at the end are refreshing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Don't Bother ... Just Another One with a Female Lead December 12, 2004
Claire Kramer (TV's 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and one of the cheerleaders in 'Bring it On') takes the lead of this new sequel to 'The Skulls.' The story about the secret society is not much different this time though, except one thing; instead of a male, a female student delves into the underground world ruled by Barry Bostwick (TV's 'Spin City').

In fact, little difference can be found, compared with the first Skull film featuring Joshua Jackson, so it's more like a retread of the original rather than a sequel. You get a curious, and very ambitious female student in college, who because of her personal reasons is willing to be a member of the secret society. She takes no for answer, as you see, and uses her knowledge about laws to have the authority bend the rules.

And ... if you think there's more to it, you're utterly mistaken. The rest of the film goes on the beaten road, with the 'trails,' 'branding' etc., and finally you see a bloody crime committed. Though Claire Kramer is surprisingly good, the film remains so predictable and unexciting.

The first film had a curiosity value, when you see the thinly-disguised references to Yale, and the real-life Skull and Bones society, even though the film seems to have taken much liberty with the facts (whatever they may be). Now it's just another tired thriller with cliched items. If you have seen the first one, just skip this.
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