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Rites of Passage [Blu-ray]

3.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Nathan (Ryan Donowho), an anthropology student, invites a few of his classmates and their professor (Stephen Dorff) to his family's abandoned ranch once a sacred Chumash burial ground to recreate an ancient ceremony. There they meet Nathan's psychotic older brother Benny (Wes Bentley) and drug fueled Delgado (Christian Slater). The students then embark on a rite of passage that no one will ever forget.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wes Bentley, Kate Maberly, Ryan Donowho, Travis Van Winkle, Christian Slater
  • Directors: W. Peter Iliff
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NA3HTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This was suggested to me as a dark comedy, but all it really is, is a slasher film with a bit of pretentiousness. Attempts are made to bring in serious questions about cultural change, the nature of relationships, and other "deep" issues- but none of it really pays off, and it's all discarded once the killing begins.
Lazy writing is particularly annoying here. By my count, at least 2 or 3 characters are just dropped, their fates never commented on.
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Chock full of pathetic nasty sleazy people doing pathetic nasty sleazy things while zonked continuously on an endless supply of alcohol and drugs, leading to lots and lots of blood and violence and no shortage of perversions. No idea who the intended audience was supposed to be. Thin, useless, unrealistic plot. No discernible theme. Anemic acting through a muddy script.

I was really sorry to see Kate Maberly end up in this debacle. She is a fine actor that should definitely be taking on far better roles than this creepy crappy thing had to offer.

In the end, no one could save this washout, because the film lacks any sense of virtue (or lack of virtue, for that matter; the film is such a mess). Guess it was a tragedy since almost all the characters end up dead.

The package says it lasts 102 minutes, but it seems a lot longer, and I felt relieved when it was finally over. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or your money on this one.
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In my opinion this film qualifies for my list of the 100 worst movies that I have ever seen. I really did not see any point to this film. The plot is totally unbelievable and the acting poor. If I were U.C Santa Barbara, I would demand an apology from the filmmakers for their portrayal of its students and faculty as a bunch of over sexed partiers and druggies. Christian Slater is a very good actor, but this film does nothing to advance his career. I suspect that he only accepted his role because he needed the money. My only solace is that I did not have to pay to watch it as it was on Showtime but I do regret the waste of my time. My advice is to avoid this film.
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I'll be honest; Rites of Passage was nothing more to me than a late-night time-waster I could laugh at over a few whiskeys while I attacked an industrial sized bag of shelled peanuts. I expected it to be campy, poorly-written, and as un-scary as they come.

It ended up being all of these things, but it was also, against the odds, a whole bunch of fun.

It is difficult to quantify, but there is not usually a vast difference between the cheesy horror films that suck and those that work. It really just depends on personal preference. For me, it all boils down to how seriously the film takes itself. Is it trying to engage in thoughtful commentary about our society? Is there some higher message the film is attempting to force-feed its audience? If the answer to either or both of these questions is "yes" then I am probably going to hate the film.

Rites of Passage is one of those increasingly rare horror films that knows it is cheesy but never pretends to be anything other than mindless entertainment. For that reason, it manages to succeed.

Set in California and shot with the right equipment, Rites of Passage looks great on-screen. I had the fleeting thought at the onset "this might actually be okay." But when a blurb flashed across the screen about how students at UC Santa Barbara need 4.1 GPAs to be admitted to the college and it also ranks 4th in the nationwide party-school rankings, I had to roll my eyes.

You see, I recently graduated from the Number One party school in the nation (which no longer tops the charts now that I'm gone, *nudge, nudge* / *wink, wink*), so I was even more poised to watch the filmmakers screw up the movie with exaggerated Hollywood clichés about the college lifestyle.
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A moderately entertaining slasher movie that's more by-the-numbers than you might expect. Check it out if you're a big fan of Wes Bentley, or if you wanna see Christian Slater as a drug-addled murderer who talks to an imaginary Hispanic sock monkey.
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Format: DVD
So bad, I wanted to turn it off within 10 minutes but then I wouldn't have the pleasure of ripping it a new one. From the description, I expected an indy psychological thriller; I encountered an unoriginal, typical teenage horror film that tried and failed miserably at being mysterious and atmospheric. I had grave misgivings before viewing when I saw it starred Christian Slater--not that he's a horrible actor but he appears in some of the cheesiest films. However, I gave the movie a chance because it also starred Stephen Dorff--he could do nothing to salvage this film. The movie ultimately failed because it never settled on what it wanted to be: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or "The Serpent and the Rainbow". Unfortunately, it did not succeed at being close to either film, for better or worse.

Not to give anything away,but here are some plot/development elements that informed my negative reception of this movie: entirely too many characters and insignificant subplots, no defined protagonists or any characters that you cared about or identified with, mostly undeveloped stock characters, no overriding message or morale, mystic Native American rituals without any explanation of their significance to the movie, and an imaginary talking monkey sock puppet (I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to). This film was like watching a LSD-induced visual interpretation of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without the talent and genius of Freddie Mercury to bring it all together. Definitely, a BIG thumbs down!
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