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Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Agosto, Carl Ciarfalio
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tla Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019GOFJQ

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Unhip1 on March 24, 2008
Format: DVD
10 years ago, Robbie Rist became engaged in a broad project to create a B-movie type horror film. The result of throwing in a lot of money, time, effort, and hard work, along with a literal "cast of hundreds" is the new Boathouse Productions film Stump the Band.

The general plotline follows an all girl band on a low-budget tour. They ride in a solitary van, driven by the boyfriend of one of the members of the band. Their manager is also in tow. When said boyfriend ends up driving the car off the road and almost crashing in the dead of night (to find they are out of fuel anyway), the real journey begins.

What makes this movie work is the combination of calculated cliche and studio craft. I entered the screening convinced I'd be Tom Servo-ing to death (a fashion moulded by the old TV show Mystery Sciene Theatre 3000, where three robots would ad-lib comments and make oblique references in order to make the best of a series of truly bad films featured in the series). Oddly, because the manner of the film was well planned and well executed, there was little break in which to apply the slathering of sarcasm and funny voices I'd expected.

Well cast, and with a higher production value than I suspected (that is, it has the look of a quality production, though probably not anywhere near the budget), Stump the Band is a treat for anyone who wants to see a generic horror film taken to the next ridiculous level. There's gore, gratuitous nudity, profanity, and cliche after cliche. All of the characters fit into a classic B-movie archetype, yet the performances are really well done, and as stated before, the whole movie comes off as a fresh, and strangely comforting affair.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Somewhere along the way, horror movies got serious. Maybe it's to compensate for the increased sophistication of modern-day movie-goers. I chalked it up to a simple case of my growing old.

As a fan of 80s horror flicks, I want my movie to be like a pizza. It has to have the perfect dough (premise/story), the right amount of sauce (blood), and cheese hanging off the edges (screams and laughs).

The theatrical screening of "Stump The Band" was the perfect pie. The 30-minute guarantee is that it will transport you back to that time where you had to sneak out of the house, steal dad's car, pick up your buds, and drive to the midnight screening. For me, this happened within the first 5 minutes. This was achieved merely by the opening shots and the soundtrack (which is stellar). I felt like I was 15 again, and that I really wasn't supposed to be in the theater. What a thrill!

Of course, don't forget the toppings (characters). There's a hot girl band, and who doesn't love that? Then there's the quirky manager, jealous boyfriend, and creepy locals who have their own twisted hobbies to pass the time. With these characters, it's not a case of people dying for the sake of blood. You know them well enough to have feelings about them. This seems to be achieved through stereotypes and cliches, with a fair amount of dialog (but not too much to bore me as a 15-year-old).

For some of them, you have empathy if they even scuff their knees. On the other hand, there are others where you cheer their demise. I got drawn into a group experience, where everyone in the theater was yelling at the screen. I haven't done that for over 25 years, and it felt great.

Look out!
Don't do that!
Hurry up! Just do it already!
HA! He had THAT coming!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on September 17, 2011
Format: DVD
Here's a slight variation on the old theme of a group of people running into backwoods psychos. We've seen this a million times before, and the only real difference here is that the modus operandi of the killers is to remove the feet of the female victims via axe. The victims here are an all female L7-ish punk band. The killers are a trio that consists of a bearded, skinny grease monkey type, and an Eminem lookalike who acts like a dog. The ringleader is a soft spoken older gentleman, who in the Texas Chainsaw tradition, is either a father or father-like figure to the two younger guys. This older guy is the one solely(pun intended) interested in the feet of the victims.
While derivative, this movie is strangely watchable. I guess that I feel this way because A). I live in Wisconsin, where this film supposedly takes place, B) I'm a fan of this type of junk, and C) I have a foot fetish to boot(another rotten pun that's intended). Hell, it almost seems to have been made for me! Not really, but you know what I mean. Even though there's a slight twist on the standard formula, in the end it's still the same old formula. Definitely entertaining, certainly better than a swift kick in the ass, but not one you'll talk much about with anyone. The ending is rather bad too. I mean, it was all bad, but that CGI ending was a real groaner.
Worth checking out, but you can also live a long and happy life without having seen it too.
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By sabre on January 13, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If possible I would give this movie no stars. I try to give movies their due based on the type of movie it is. Well, this movie has no redeeming qualities!! I barely, I mean just barely, got thru it. I was tempted to turn it off many times. Bad acting, bad effects, bad directing, and did I mention bad acting! I tried, I really did try to like something about the DVD, but I threw it away as soon as I agonized my way thru it. Sorry, I never like to pan a movie like this.
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