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Steve (Eduardo Antonio Garcia) owns a liquor store in Los Angeles, and lives above it on the second floor. The big story on the news concerns the "convenience store killer", a madman who has been butchering store employees and patrons, and then stealing any security video tapes that capture his crimes. Steve and his employee Donny (Peter Story), his nephew Jimmy (James Duval), and his friends Mona Moore (Ellia English) and Jess (Elizabeth Nicole), are in the store with delivery guy Morty (Steve Guttenberg), discussing what they would do to the killer, who has a $500,000 bounty on his head.
After Morty leaves, Steve closes up and the gang heads upstairs to play some poker. While the game is in progress, the killer enters the store, and begins killing the occupants in the same way that they had described they would kill him. Due to some ridiculous circumstances, the occupants find themselves locked inside the building, and it takes quite a while before they finally realize they are trapped with a killer.
Cornered has many ridiculous situations, and telegraphs its "surprise" ending. The characters aren't exactly brilliant, and the dialog is generally awful. Not making a serious effort to get out of the building, is completely lame.Read more ›
There's nothing new here so if you're tired of cookie cutter slashers avoid this. If looking for a fresh new horror, I highly recommend HUSK!
The core managers and patrons of this little shop of horrors find themselves in the unlikely situation of being locked in for the night, with nary a functioning cell phone among them (a condition that every modern thriller is burdened with having to explain). However, despite the fact that the denizens of this grimy urban outpost are unremittingly adversarial and foul-mouthed, they somehow manage to project some little jot of likeability.
While this assemblage passes the time by playing poker in the store's upstairs apartment, one regular patron memorably pursues her side-job of providing phone sex. (This naturally is before her phone goes out of commission.) The store's junkie clerk bravely tries to kick his habit cold turkey while being assailed by the roaches that seem to align against him large and in malevolent cadres. We root for him to conquer his demons.
Still, it's hard to see how a star such as Steve Guttenberg landed in this murky milieu. He fell a long way from being every woman's dream date at weddings, and from being one of the three jaunty bachelors left to take care of a baby - in order to appear here.
The movie tries to be a little innovative in its resolution. However, with its unremitting antagonism between characters and its lack of any bonus DVD features, it's pretty slim pickin's. So unless you really are desperate and need to rush out in the middle of the night to get a slasher flick, I suggest you shelve this one.
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I knew within the first 10 minutes that Steve Guttenberg was the killer and that he was going to kill the other characters in the manner they were describing killing a local serial... Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by G. Kennaugh
Cornered is a severe letdown. As you probably know by now, the storyline is about a killer who stalks five friends who are trapped inside a liquor store. Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Bryan
See "Cornered" only by having low expectations because while it is not wretched, I have seen hundreds worse than this. Read morePublished on October 3, 2010 by Bartok Kinski