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Straight Into Darkness (2005)

Ryan Francis , Scott MacDonald , Jeff Burr  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Francis, Scott MacDonald, Linda Thorson, James Le Gros, Daniel Roebuck
  • Directors: Jeff Burr
  • Writers: Jeff Burr, Mark Hannah
  • Producers: Chris Gore, Chuck Williams, Dan Vornicu, Jeanne L. Burr, Mark Hannah
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,928 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Straight Into Darkness" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director's commentary
  • Behind the scenes
  • Short film Child's Play
  • Documentary
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Jeff Burr known for his slasher sequels (PUMPKINHEAD 2 TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3) ventures into new terrain with STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS a genre-bending and macabre tale set during WWII. Two Allied soldiers the philosophical Losey (Ryan Francis) and psychotic Deming (Scott McDonald) are en route to a court marshal for a heinous war crime when an exploding mine allows them to escape into the desolate no-man's-land. Here they encounter a cannibal priest and eventually stumble on a bizarre fortress of amputees and freaks who have been trained to protect themselves from the outside world. This surreal and twisted film half art-house and half exploitation shows glimpses of Terrance Malick's visual poetry and relies heavily on the mad genius of Tod Browning's FREAKS. After two decades of toiling in the horror-film factory Jeff Burr has finally been able to express his dark and ingenious vision.System Requirements:Running Time 94 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: R UPC: 025193024527 Manufacturer No: 30245

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A War Film not to be missed. June 22, 2006
I have collected War movies since I was a teen. Now in my 40's I have now seen or own more war movies than most can imagine even exist. I thought Id seen every variation on a war movie you could do. Walking through Walmart a few weeks ago I stumbled across this and even though I had never heard of it decided to give it a try. I was impressed, to the point where I can't get it out of my head. What a jem! Maybe it does borrow a little from the Gary Sinise character in a "Midnight Clear" & certainly offers a little nod to "Castle Keep" but beyond that it is a truly original and surreal story that may not fully fall into place for you until the very end. It is an independent film with a bigger movie feel. (After "Saint & Soldiers" & this I think I could be hooked on Indie war movies).

Set in the winter of '45 the film adresses the horror of war from perspectives that you won't expect and leaves you questioning the motivations of those that choose to fight. An interesting twist is that it's Director is more known for Horror films. This may well be what drives its originality. I won't go into plot development because I believe the less you know about the story the more impact it will have on you. It is not an expensive film to buy, which just seems to add value to a quality film. It's not your run of the mill war movie; that may be more than some people can take. but it's so worth it in the end. Rent it or buy it, but don't pass this one by.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Director Jeff Burr may have defined a career trajectory point with his superb work on "Straight Into Darkness." Like Oliver Stone's "PLATOON" or Terrence Malick's "THIN RED LINE", Burr does not shy away from the graphic realities of war, nor does he skate over philosophical and character themes. As eloquently described in a current FILM THREAT feature story and review, Burr gets the most out of his cast, crew and concept and delivers that long sought after (but seldomly found) independent film treasure. Bravo!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent independent war film. June 25, 2006
By Tommy
I had the pleasure of meeting producer Chuck Williams the other day and he was very proud of this little film. I understand why. The movie is set in 1945 at the tail end of the war in Europe. The Americans and their allies have basically won, but not all the troops in the field know this yet. Two American deserters come across a group of freedom fighters that consist of two adults and several children. They are living in an abandoned building in the hills and survive by raiding Germans and stealing supplies. Eventually, a group of Germans surrounds the building and the group must repel wave after wave of Nazi soldiers. I will not give out spoilers, but there is a reason the Germans want to take this building. There is a real beauty to this film. The way it is shot and the music reminds me of early Werner Herzog work. For World War 2 fans, there is plenty of action as well as the Germans and children battle it out for the last 30 minutes of the movie. There is also a beauty to these children (many have some sort of war injury or birth defect) who begin to trust the American soldiers with their lives. This is a great surprise and blows away 90% of the sewage Hollywood churned out last year. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time April 7, 2010
Having watched The Outpost with Ray Stephenson I figured this movie would be on the same order. I was in error. One character is so bad that he tries to commit rape. The other tries to stop it and is beaten into unconsciousness. David Warner is probably the only saving grace of this film. The airborne soldier who deserts is shown as sympathetic. He accidentally kills a woman and child during combat. the rest of the story makes no sense. IMHO the movie is made to depict American soldiers as less than honorable.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different July 10, 2006
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In light of all the books I've read and movies I've seen on the many heroes and common foot soldiers (also heroes in my eyes) of WWII, seeing the movie start out with a couple of American deserters, (one of them 82 Airborne!) immediately put me into a bad state of mind. The movie definitely has a European directed feel to it with a lot of heady, trippy flashback stuff going on to try and show us what was zipping through the depressed mind of the Airborne guy and his American GI "captor." There's also the interaction with civilian children and two adults banded together against the Germans. It all comes down to a weak last stand against the Germans only really seeking a loot of fine art in the basement of the building the Americans and civilians are all holed up in.

Some people may like the feel of the movie (those who know very little of what happened in the ETO) but I personally wouldn't watch the movie again.

Dark and uninspiring and bit strange.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "Alamo" for Europe June 22, 2006
This movie surprised me. I was expecting it to be dark (the title says it all), but there's a lot of light here as well. You'll find it in the spirit of the children who join forces with two American soldiers to defend their "castle" from the Germans. Scott MacDonald carries the action brilliantly with his wild-eyed Deming. You never quite know if or when he'll cross the line completely and lose it. And yet his humanity comes to the fore when it's crunchtime. Ryan Francis as his conflicted cohort provides the perfect counterpoint for the insanity that slowly surrounds these two. Director Jeff Burr adds a gritty layer to the scenes and settings in Romania where the movie was filmed. This one sticks with you for a while.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...a keeper!
I am an avid comic book reader and this movie reminded me about some of the stories from the DC comic book "Weird War." This movie kept my attention throughout the entire movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Book Hawk
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This movie was alright,it was not quite what i expected. But i won't say its terrible,it's up to you to decide but for the price i couldn't go wrong.
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars where will destiny take these soldiers?
Straight Into Darkness is one of the more fascinating war movies because the storyline is different from the norm. Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare take on wwII movies
Straight into Darkness tells the tale of two soldiers during the second world war who are captured for desertion, one is suffering from post tramatic stress and the other is simply... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Arctos
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, macabre fairytale.
I caught a little of this movie late at night on public television a couple years ago, and was captivated by what I saw. Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by Kevin T.
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie that lingers after it is over
I bought this movie on a whim and when I started to watch it, I was somewhat distracted by its low budget nature, and for a certain sloppiness. Read more
Published on November 14, 2009 by M. Pitcavage
5.0 out of 5 stars A true sleeper. How did this pass under the radar?
This movie was amazing. After seeing just about every War movie in the bush this is the first one to stand out in it's own light. Read more
Published on July 19, 2009 by maskedgamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Burr has much potential!
While i would normally rate this 3 1/2 to 4 I'm giving it a 5 just because I see the potential of Jeff Burr to do a REALLY awesome film. Read more
Published on December 28, 2008 by slapgup
1.0 out of 5 stars one star is too much
this film was bad on many levels. this is a low budget film. Most of this film is filled with bright shining flashbacks to the soldiers girlfriends. Read more
Published on September 9, 2008 by Manfred Von Richthofen
1.0 out of 5 stars Straight into Darkness (DVD)
This is not a review...I am just trying to tell you that this DVD does NOT have English subtitles as advertised by you!! Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Richard J. Stedman
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