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Dark Reel

2.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Adam Waltz (Edward Furlong) is in a blood drenched horror film produced by Connor Pritchett (Lance Henriksen). Detective Shields (Tony Todd) tries to unravel the mystery of real murders before the ghost of Scarlett May can strike again.

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Product Details

  • Directors: Josh Eisenstadt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: North American Pict.
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O3M37K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I always urge people not to judge movies by their covers (and in some cases, trailers). Even with this notion, you still can't help but take interest because it's the cover that gives the first impression. Typically direct-to-video flicks will have a good cover. That doesn't necessarily mean that the movie is going to be as good. There's a reason why most of these things never make it into the theatres any. Some studios put cleavage or graphic violence on the cover to lure you in. I guess where I'm going with this statement is that the cover for Dark Reel looks just as typical as any other straight to DVD horror cover. It's horrible, and doesn't really do it justice. If you were to judge it, you would think that it's nothing more then a low budget mess. That's actually what I thought Dark Reel would be like. Surprisingly, Dark Reel is not all that bad. Yes it is low budget, but it sure doesn't look that way.

In the movie we follow Adam Waltz's unsure journey as he wins a contest for a walk on part in an upcoming pirate b-movie called "Pirate Wench." There he meets his favorite actress Cassie Blue (Tiffany Shepis). Later in production, Adam meets the rest of the cast and crew and begins to rehearse his "one" line. In the meantime, there's a serial killer running loose on set, killing off some of the cast members. The lead investigator on the case is Shields (Tony Todd), and along with his partner they question the crew as to who might be the one responsible. When one of the pirate wenches turns up dead on set, the studio calls for re-writes and decides to give Adam a much bigger part, complete with more dialog. The story later ties in with the real unpublicized murder of actress Scarlett May, who was killed in 1958.
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By Mike Evans on January 20, 2013
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Shepis and Furlong were awesome on screen. Great job and production quality. Real fun film. I'm definitely going to check out more films from this director.
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It even had Lance Henriksen! Who gives a good performance as usual. Scream Queen Tiffany Shepis doesn't have much to do and Edward Furlong has been better. Watch this only if you a fan of Lance, Tiffany or Edward.
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Dark Reel starts out promisingly enough, with the ghastly murder of Scarlett May (Alexandra Holden) being committed years earlier, leading us to meeting an uber-fan named Adam (Edward Furlong) who has won a contest to be an extra in the latest film starring his favorite B-movie actress Cassie Blue (Tiffany Shepis). Not long after that, more murders start occuring, and Adam starts seeing apparitions of Scarlett. There is much potential in Dark Reel that sadly gets wasted due to the fact that the film is poorly paced, and overall pretty boring as well. The gore effects, when they do occur, are pretty well done, but the various in-jokes and a sleepwalking performance from Furlong don't help matters any. Genre stalwarts Lance Henriksen and Tony Todd are here as well, and chew up as much scenery as they can manage to do. All in all, despite its slowness, Dark Reel is worth a look for slasher/mystery fans, but don't expect much from it in the least.
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I had high hopes for this movie. After all Edward Furlong, the teeny star of Terminator 2, was in it, and I have never seen a movie that he was in that wasn't good. Well, sorry to say, but this time my luck with good ole Eddie would finally run out. And its not his fault that this wanna be Horror flickt is so aweful...
THe biggest problem is that there is basically no real plot here, just a jumbled together kind of story that any 6 year old could come up with in no time. Honestly, its that bad- something about a woman that gets killed by a vicious guy and then comes back to haunt people as a ghost, whenever a certain part in a movie is played, but its only 1-2 people that can actually see her in that movie part! No exaggeration, its just that bad, and that's the plot, except that a killer is apparently taking revenge for her, oh man, spare me.

The acting. all execpt for Furlong, is terrible; it feels as if the actors are all amateurs (although they're not).
The bottom line is: THis isn't even a B movie, as others have written its more like an F movie and that stands for failure! Enough said.
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Dark Reel is part horror, part thriller, part comedy and an all around enjoyable experience. In this Giallo-esque film, Ed Furlong of T2 fame plays a down on his luck loser who wins a walk on role alongside the movie star of his dreams played by the amazing Tiffany Shepis. What he doesn't know is that there is a murderer on set who seems to be obsessed with an unsolved 1950's murder case. The Black Dahlia-esque murder of starlet Scarlett May.
Every character in this film is distinct and quirky and a whole lot of fun to watch. As much as it is a suspense film it also spoofs the b-horror industry and the ruthlessness of Hollywood. This film is classier than many low budget horror films as exemplified by scenes such as the one where Tony Todd's detective character questions Lance Henriksen in an amazing verbal sword fight.
If you are looking for a straight out gore fest with no story or unique characters then this is not your film even though there are some very brutal death scenes.
But if you are looking for a great, fun filled ride of a film that never takes itself too seriously then this is for you.
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