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The Unknown (A Crackle Original, 2012 DVD) Starring Dominic Monaghan

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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009KO7IRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What connects these tales is the presence of a blogger played by Monaghan. He investigates weird cases and then finds out just how much was true, often with horrying information revealed. I could have done without the human meat story, but the one at the end called "privacy settings" was spot-on in tension and resolution.
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If I was Dom, I would be more careful about getting involved in laughable productions such as this one. As much as I wanted to like it, I couldn't. I ended up turning it off at the human meat story. The visuals and acting look about on par with a college freshman project. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. The scariest thing about this flick is the fact that you'll never get those minutes of your life wasted back....and I say minutes because I'm all but certain it'll be all you can stand of this abomination.
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I just made myself watch the entire two hours, or six episodes, of roughly twenty minutes each. I did this so nobody could tell me later that it got better right at the end. It didn't. Thankfully the rental was free, and after watching the first vignette I decided to watch it all in one sitting while my wife was asleep, so at least I didn't inflict it on anybody else.

The problems are multiple. First, the production values would have been acceptable in the 1970's, and alright in the 1980's. Needless to say, it's over 20 years later. That can be forgivable, with crisp direction, good acting, and solid scripts. Plus, given the very short nature of each plot, a determined effort at coherency is necessary if you want to make this work, and that's very tricky.

The second problem is that all you have connecting the six chapters is a single, possibly obsessive blogger, Mark Nickel (played by Dominic Monaghan) who posts on the weird and the occult. He evidently lives and works out of a small, dingy, somewhat messy apartment where individuals with stories contact him in person, by cell phone, or whatever the de rigueur method is for that episode. While this can be used very cleverly as a plot device, here it is not.

Only one episode uses this plot device coherently, and even then due to the short duration of the episode, it devotes less than two minutes at the end to making any real interaction with the blogger. I timed it. Rod Serling's introductions for Twilight Zone or Night Gallery were more interesting, better written, and mercifully shorter than the blogger scenes here.

You cannot exactly fault the actors. You have six different episodes with 3 separate directors and 5 different writers. It really shows.
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Dominic Monaghan as a hermit blogger investigates tales of the supernatural and bizzare. This is an anthology(over 2hrs.)of stories loosely tied together by a single thread that reaches the conclusion. Though there are a few risque scenes, the some of its' parts pay homage to the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling. For the most part each individual tale(six)is well crafted and dosen't over stay its' welcome. Various cast and crew are fans of classic horror and deliver varied results. The overall feel is creepy! Worth a dark rainy night rental!
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