Fall Down Dead
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Single mother Christie (Alpha Dog’s, Dominique Swain) faces the most terrifying Christmas Eve ever when she becomes the sole witness to the handiwork of the Picasso Killer (Halloween’s, Udo Kier), a cold-blooded maniac with an eye for beautiful women. Now a citywide blackout has Christie trapped in an isolated office building with a group of strangers as this unstoppable killing force closes in, picking them off one by one in preparation for his ultimate bloody masterpiece. The body count is climbing and a madman is watching in this relentless, suspenseful shocker, also starring Kill Bill’s David Carradine in one of his final roles.
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For starters, the script was obviously written by somebody who knew nothing about police procedures. Not many cops would choose to hole up in a building, with a killer, instead of using their superior firepower and numbers to either get to safety, or track him down and kill him. Instead, in the name of a generic horror movie, they chose to split up, the better to allow them to be picked off one by one. This is a case where suspension of disbelief becomes impossible after about the tenth stupid decision by the characters. While I can accept this to a certain extent, it became far too prevalent to ignore.
Dominique Swain was probably the one bright light to be had here as she gave yet another consistently solid performance, particularly for being in such a poorly scripted movie. David Carradine was so goofy and over-the-top, that the whole bumbling night security guard role he was portraying became a lesson in overacting. The rest of the cast ran the gamut from bad acting, to uninspired and I wasn't able to make a connection with any of them. Udo Kier is always creepy and can say anything in a chilling fashion, sadly in this case his dialogue was mostly drivel and his presence was anything but terrifying. He would be walking with his blade out in once scene, only to have to pull it from his pocket and re-open it in the next frame.
The movie had a run time of one hour and thirty-three minutes, which felt about 10-15 minutes too long. The pacing felt off and the ending was cheesy and fairly anti-climactic. To ask the audience to believe you could be thrown off a building and simply walk away? This was not a supernatural slasher film and it felt out of place within the confines of the movie that I watched. If you want to see this, give it a rental, but avoid the purchase.
They get trapped inside a building with the phone lines cut. They can't get out, but the killer can get in. No one owns a cell phone, maybe this was the 1990's judging by the computer, but I don't recall anything setting the date. And when trapped inside a building with a killer, the best thing to do for the motion picture is to divide up. We know who is the final girl and if you wonder where the title came from, wait.
They attempted to make the killer into something with a small amount of background, but they failed to give him a good screen personality.
Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Karine Darrah)
This film – "Fall Down Dead" was actually pretty good. The characters were not exaggerated nor over written. Sometimes they can come off cartoonish or not so believable. David Carradine did somewhat but luckily his characters presence was short. The heroin played by Dominique Araine, who is a single mother living with her young daughter and a female roommate accidentally walks up on one of the Picasso Killers scenes while he is still doing his thing. He immediately sees her as the woman of his true inspiration and chases her into an office building during the city's rolling blackouts. She has it rough! First a bum she gives coffee too because it is Christmas Eve and she fills sorry for him tries to steal her purse after she gets off work then a serial killer takes a liking to her and hunts her down.
Now this would make a perfect Christmas film for future holidays because it does happen on Christmas Eve. Anyway, lady has to fight for her life because the killer gets into the building with her, two cops that were supposed to be on a drug bust but decided to call it a night when the call came in about a killing, the security guard played by Carradine-who is like the worlds oldest slacker rent a cop, and three employees of the buildings business.
So one by one the killer without much ado or dialog takes out the sheeple . The deaths are gory and in your face. The Picasso Killer is only artistic when it comes to his muses in this pic. The others just get slash-o-rama treatment familiar in any horror film. This film is a great slasher and serial killer style flick reminiscent of many 80's styled films like "New York Ripper". This film is a good thriller based film with descent acting and slasher styled gore so I say watch it and enjoy!