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Taboo (2003)

Nick Stahl , Eddie Kaye Thomas , Max Makowski  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Stahl, Eddie Kaye Thomas, January Jones, Lori Heuring, Derek Hamilton
  • Directors: Max Makowski
  • Writers: Chris Fisher, Eric Drilling
  • Producers: Amy Gardner, Ash R. Shah, Chris Fisher, Dan Vornicu, Todd King
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007M5KJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A sextet of rising stars, including Nick Stahl (In the Bedroom), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), January Jones (Anger Management), Lori Heuring (Mulholland Drive), and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), proves that taboos were made to be broken. Everyone knows there are some things that nice girls and boys just don't do. But when three college couples reveal their sexual secrets, the truth is more than anyone expected. From seduction to betrayal, from blackmail to murder, these six friends are about to discover that in the game of Taboo, the only rule is revenge.

A not-so-innocent parlor game turns deadly in Taboo, a straight-to-video murder mystery that's better than you might expect. It begins on a proverbial dark and stormy night, when six preppy college pals reunite for an all-night ordeal of unexpected mayhem, prompted by the anonymous delivery of five cards bearing labels of shame (prostitute, infidel, homosexual, rapist, hypocrite)... but who fits these accusatory identities, and who sent the damning cards in the first place? One by one, the friends (including Terminator 3's Nick Stahl and American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas) fall prey to the killer among them, who psychotically holds a closely guarded secret. This sordid material begs for the relief of black comedy, but director Max Makowski takes it far too seriously. Fortunately, the surprise twist is clever enough to sustain the mystery, and the talented young cast (especially January Jones, as the prime suspect) makes the most of a deeply cynical screenplay. --Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother and son share it all September 9, 2012
This is the ultimate explicit story of burning lust between mother played by Kay Parker and her son played by Mike Ranger. Filmed in 1979 and released in 1980 in the best period and golden era of adult films. The way they look at each other and masturbate a little as they see each other nude Kay in a shower and Mike in his bed is a real turn on for those who have been there and even those who just fantasize about this type of bond. Kay and Mike do it all and the soundtrack is one of the best ever done for an adult film. The original and best of the taboo series and other films of this type. It also has a orgy that is very hot with exibitionist showing off and getting off.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, I'll be honest..... December 8, 2003
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I'm a big Amber Benson fan and only bought this because she was in it. The story sounded like standard stalker fare but I was game. Although the pacing is a bit slow, I must say I found the movie very enjoyable. The twists just kept coming and I liked that I was using my mind to try to keep up instead of just vegging out.
The actors are good and again my only complaints were slow pacing and not fleshing out the wonderful characters they had.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it... September 10, 2009
By Llyean
Format:VHS Tape
Ok, here's the thing. I am very good at suspending my disbelief. I do my absolute best not to figure things out before they happen, but instead just let myself go and enjoy the ride.
That is damn nigh impossible with this movie.
Some have criticized the acting in this movie and while it isn't terribly convincing, it didn't bother me too much. Others have commented on the direction, music, etc... and while they may not be great, they're not so terrible as to make a movie unwatchable. This script, however, was woefully inadequate, but let's be honest even that can be overlooked at times. What was absolutely unforgivable with this movie was the sheer predictability of it.
You WILL know what's about to happen quite a while ahead of time and, as a consequence, you will NOT care about the event when it occurs.
I believe the creators of this film had an inkling as to the faults in their work and so tried to make it more unpredictable and twist-laden towards the end. Unfortunately, all they managed to do was dissolve any semblance of realism the film may have had whilst insulting the intelligence of the viewers.
Keep in mind this is from someone who has thoroughly enjoyed many a cheesy horror flick (e.g. Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Scream), drawn out pseudo-suspenseful movies (e.g. The Abyss, Intensity, Catacombs), and even movies about rich people just sitting around talking (e.g. An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest*).
This movie tried to combine the three of these genres and fell well short of them all.
Now, if you've read this review you've wasted enough time on this movie, just move on quietly, and forget this movie ever existed. I'm sure that's what the actors are trying to do. Good luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very great classic October 3, 2013
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A very well done movie. A great classic of its time. An adult movie with an actual story to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I like just about any film that has Nick Stahl in the cast. This surely inexpensively made movie, about a party game played one New Year's Eve in a spacious old mansion, with the surprising and deadly results coming forth the following New Year's, in the same setting, is fun. It keeps one guessing, although the screenplay could have done more to hide what the outcomes for each protagonist would be. Given the premise of this little sexo-psycho-thriller, some humour would have made the frolics all that more spicy; this kind of film needs a touch of kitsch to realise fully the potential.

Nick Stahl is front and foremost throughout the film and he remains alive, as the others, really and playfully, intimately are and are not as the film progresses. This gives Stahl more screen time than some of the other actors receive during the "dark and stormy night" of bitchy, vicious, and bloody doings in on the fatal night of its main action right to the very end -- although, at last, Stahl is not among the living any longer at the motion picture's very conclusion (which comes as a surprise, even if so much of the other workings-out of the plot do not). Stahl looks good, boyishly handsome in his usual "negligently elegant" kind of way, and his acting is excellent. The other actors and actresses are variable, some better than others, none of them so good as Stahl is.

This one is worth it to pick up if purchased inexpensively or rented. (These kinds of plots, after all, do not hold up to too many viewings.) For Nick Stahl, it is well worth that much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh it could have been sublime. December 4, 2003
It starts off with a generaly good premice. 6 kids alone all night in a huge house, forced to reminice about a game that they had played exactly one year ago. A game that, in the year since, had ruined lifes and caused blackmail ext...we don't know what exactly happened between these kids, all we have are their charecterizations to figure it out. And that is precisly where the movie goes wrong. The charecters are lame and unoriginal. The drunk, the rich witch, the spoiled right wing jerk, the loud-mouthed un-PC friend, in fact the only charecter that had any layers to them was the charecter that other reviewers have shunned. Jannuary Jones, with her silent, unemotional eyes, holds the most mystery to her charecter. There is no way of knowing what is going on in her head.
Technicly the film is great. Wonderful shots and an interesting pace. Obvioulsly the film was inspired by April Fools Day, much of the way that Scream was inspired by Happy Birthday to me. But what Taboo lacks is a sharp sence of humor. For subject matter this dark, the humor needs to be dark as well, no slapstick will suffice.
All an all not a total waste of time, but the strait to video aspect is understandable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Why all the bad reviews?
A lot of people didn't like this film, obviously, I wasn't among them. This film reminded me of the truth or dare game, with deadly consequences. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P or T's reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever!
This is simply the best adult movie ever produced. Kay Parker has the most "naturally" beautiful body on the planet. This is a HOT one! Love, love, love it!
Published 14 months ago by cdcraver
3.0 out of 5 stars Murdeously Rampaging through an Old Mansion and Its Cellar, the Guests...
I like just about any film that has Nick Stahl in the cast. This surely inexpensively made movie, about a party game played one New Year's Eve in a spacious old mansion, with the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gerald Parker
1.0 out of 5 stars Just... bad
This movie is not very good. Poorly acted, filmed, and written. Don't waste your time on this. You would regret it.
Published 14 months ago by Rufus Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too Bad!
I like Nick Stahl flick's for some reason.. This is a hard to find movie! It has a spooky but Clue style, mystery feel to it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars 0 STARS: Unconvincing and stupid.
A bad script, poor acting and a lack of execution plague "Taboo" from beginning to end in this unconvincing attempt at a horror movie. Read more
Published 22 months ago by HorrorMan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies!
This movie has some of the most talented actors- Nick Stahl (Terminator 3), Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), January Jones (Mad Men), and Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie). Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by BMWfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Amber Benson
I love Amber Benson and all of her works. Their is such depth of imagination and feeling. A perfect blend of fantasy and reality in my opinion.
Published on December 20, 2007 by J. Thurston
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I thought this movie was a very entertaining movie. It was boring in some parts and didn't make sense in others but overall it was an ok movie. Read more
Published on October 21, 2006 by Mark
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