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Sole Survivor (2008)

Anita Skinner , Kurt Johnson and Caren Larkey , Thom Eberhardt  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Anita Skinner, Kurt Johnson and Caren Larkey
  • Directors: Thom Eberhardt
  • Format: NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red/Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001302UQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,549 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sole Survivor" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Before FINAL DESTINATION, there was SOLE SURVIVOR. Directed by Thom Eberhardt (Night of the Comet), This chilling film tells of a yound women who is the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Disregarding the warnings from a psychic actress friend, Denise tries to get on with her life, but she has somehow cheated death, and the Grim Reaper sends his minions to bring her to him.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Sole Survivor tells the tale of a lone living women(a "sole survivor" if you will LOL!) left in the wake of a commercial airplane crash(in easily one of the best scenes from the film, the camera pans through the carnage until it comes to her; sitting in her seat amidst the wreckage in silent shock and completely unscathed). Possibly suffering from the post-traumatic affliction known as "survivor syndrome"(depression, nightmares, and anxiety caused by thoughts of being unworthy of life over everyone else killed in the accident), our lead is caught wondering if the recent bizarre happenings and people that have entered her life are truly out for her death, or is it all in her head? Sole Survivor is definitely a well done film; it features excellent acting, effects, music, and direction throughout(Thom Eberhardt would follow this up with the 80's classic, "Night Of The Comet")... what it doesn't feature though, is much in the way of excitement. This is a "slow burn" type of horror experience(i.e. "The Changeling," "Burnt Offerings," "Don't Look Now," etc.) that focuses much more on atmosphere and a creepy premise rather than blood and guts or jump scares(although bare breasts do make a welcome appearance!), but for the patient it delivers with one of the best finales I've seen in quite awhile. Out of the group of four people that I watched this with, I was the "sole survivor" to make it to the credits without falling asleep... again, that's not a knock on the film so much as that when I told them we'd be watching a lost horror flick from 1982 they were probably expecting something quite different(like "The Burning" or "Night Of The Creeps")... now you know the type of movie you're in for at least if you do decide to give it a watch(and it deserves at least one). The DVD from Code Red is very nice, with a fairly clean picture in anamorphic widescreen and plenty of special features for the overly curious(or bored).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I'm glad to see that Code Red DVD is back in action. To inaugurate their new lease on life, they've started with a genuine lost horror classic. I can't say I'm a big fan of most 80s horror films. Though there were some gems, sub-par slashers, horror comedies, and teen-oriented horror dominated, leaving those who like supernatural, serious, adult horror out in the cold. But here is an excellent exception to the rule that I'd not heard of until recently. Advertising for and reviews of this DVD have focused on the Final Destination connection, but this is actually more closely related to the 1962 classic Carnival of Souls in mood, atmosphere, and plot if you want to make comparisons. No elaborate death sequences here (though I do like the FD films), just a quiet feeling of mounting dread, which is nicely acted, photographed, and directed on a very very low budget. Code Red have done their usual great job. The print of the film is perfect, and extras include audio commentary and an interview with two of the producers (one of whom doubled as an actress in the film), the original theatrical trailer, and trailers for upcoming Code Red releases (can't wait for these). The artwork from the original poster, re-used for this DVD, makes the film look like pure science fiction, but this is a wonderful, creepy horror film all the way. Highly recommended. Code Red has a lot more forthcoming, but to add my 2-cents, I'd love to see them do a deluxe reissue of the similarly atmospheric and extremeley well-done on a miniscule budget Messiah of Evil, which would make a great double feature with this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just "Plane" Horror January 7, 2009
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Many horror fans who have only recently discovered the 1983 horror film SOLE SURVIVOR describe it as a precursor to FINAL DESTINATION (2000), but that is actually not an accurate analysis. True, the plots of both films revolve around people who have somehow survived a plane crash in which they were destined to die, but that's where the similarity ends. Whereas the survivors in FINAL DESTINATION suffer inexplicable (and usually violent) deaths as an incorporeal Death seeks to realign the universe, the lone crash survivor in SOLE SURVIVOR is stalked by various denizens of the spirit world--whether ghosts or zombies the film never makes quite clear--bent on bringing her over to the "other side." In that regard, SOLE SURVIVOR should be considered a direct offspring of the cult horror classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) rather than a progenitor of FINAL DESTINATION.

An oft-overlooked but above-average little indie horror flick, SOLE SURVIVOR is notable for bucking the trend in the era when the slasher film reigned supreme in the horror genre. Being a ghost story of sorts, it is bigger on atmosphere than on blatant slasher-type shocks and thrills, and the film consequently contains little gore or gratuitous nudity. However, a couple of really cool blood-and-viscera FX do show up early during the shot of the plane wreckage, and the film's denouement is a tad bit sanguine. And genre fans into T&A will want to watch for an appearance by venerable scream queen Brinke Stevens, whose topless cameo represents the film's only true skin shot.

The DVD release of SOLE SURVIVOR from Code Red presents the film in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for widescreen TVs).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "I feel like I'm about to get caught."
They had me right up to the moment that death's surrogates started killing people who might have a better chance to get at the sole survivor (Anita Skinner) than the few corpses... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 1 month ago by inge70
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Very Disappointing DVD.
I only gave this film one star, so that means I must have hated it right?
Wrong.
Sole Survivor is actually one of my favourite films of all time, so why am I so unhappy... Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by scarecrow
5.0 out of 5 stars addicted horror
this film by code red is truly amazing a lot of atomsphere to boot for those fans of horror who really want to be entertain by a good and suspenful story.
Published on February 25, 2012 by Tracys
5.0 out of 5 stars sole survivor
I have this on vhs, now bought it on dvd, the picture and sound is a lot better, still scares the heck out of me,If anyone loves a good film, this is the one, still waiting for my... Read more
Published on January 11, 2012 by smurfette
5.0 out of 5 stars the way better version of final destination.
Customer Video Review
Length: 2:27 Mins
Published on April 26, 2011 by moon town reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivor Guilt...
SOLE SURVIVOR stars Anita Skinner as Denise, the only survivor of a plane crash. Everything appears to be normal until Denise begins to encounter a series of walking corpses! Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly fun.
Sole Survivor (Thom Eberhardt, 1983)

When you watch as many movies as I do, some of the more forgettable ones are bound to fall through the cracks. Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by Robert Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Spooky!
For twenty years I had searched for this film. I believe it was circa 1983-84 that I rented it on the now long defunct video disc format. I saw it once and it never left my memory. Read more
Published on February 12, 2009 by GretschViking
5.0 out of 5 stars ANTIA SKINNER AND CAREN LARKEY
greattttttt movie five ***** all the way Code- red did a great job on this . Anita Skinner, Caren Larkey, are Fantastic actresses. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by Larry E. Toomey
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