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Skeleton Crew

2.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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In the Early 1970's a remote mental institution next to the Russian border was shut down by the police. Before it was closed, DR Anderson made a series of snuff films using his patients. The doctor filmed all the murders in 8mm, and started to call himself "The Auteur". Thirty years later, an American film crew arrives in Finland to shoot a horror movie about the massacre, and are unaware that they are about to become the stars of their director's real life snuff film, they are in one. The Auteur is slaying the Skeleton Crew one by one.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Porter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026IQTNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A. lowery on July 26, 2009
Format: DVD
I enjoy small budget horror movies in addition to the blockbusters. I came across this movie at Best Buy, so I thought I would give it a chance. It's a cross between Saw and Hostel. The first 15 minutes start out great. I was very interested. Then the viewer learns that a "remake" of some snuff films is being made (then switch to the real movie). I always hate those movies in which movies are being made inside the movie--especially in horror films. Well, the "skeleton crew" finds the real snuff films made by a madman in the run-down mental hospital. The director becomes obsessed with them and begins killing the crew while filming it. After the first 15 minutes of the movie, it goes downhill fast. The characters are not likeable, and I really did not care if they got killed or not. It just becomes so ridiculous. Characters are walking around aimlessly in the building looking around corners. I really do not think this movie would even make it to the Sci Fi network 10 years from now. I watched about 3/4 of the movie then got up out my bed to write this review. The movie is so bad that I want my money back.
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There are varying degrees of bad. Some of my favorite movies are what I call 'awesomely bad.' A few examples of this would be Gingerdead Man, Sick Nurses, Versus, or Chainsaw Sally. Unfortunately, Skeleton Crew doesn't fall into this category. This one is more of a 'Wow' bad.

To explain: The main character starts out surviving a car crash and walking to a nearby insane asylum for assistance. Roll Eyes Here. Anyway, from the very beginning, the actress playing the main character was not very good at her trade. Not very good at all. Beyond that, she had no screen presence, she is somewhat unattractive and she speaks in a brutish sounding Eastern European accent. I hate to sound so critical, but I seriously wondered who the actress might have been in bed with to get even this meager role. Perhaps she was the director's girlfriend or something. As it turned out, that exact scenario was worked into the plot. She was 'playing' a bad actress who was sleeping with the director. Aha.

Next, we meet the director of the asylum who is, in my estimation, perhaps the second worst actor I've ever seen in a movie. EVER. And for reference, the #1 worst actor starred in the horrible Beyond the Wall of Sleep DVD.
But then, we are shown that the actor playing the asylum director is 'playing' a bad actor. Nevertheless, all the rest of his scenes are bad, just like the main character's. Go figure. In fact, other than the young girl playing the character Anna, the movie is filled with bad actors well deserving of gruesome horror-flick deaths.

Finally, it is explained how the whole experience is actually a movie within a movie, within another movie. Sadly, all three movies are beyond redemption.
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If you consider the sum to be strictly the whole of its parts, this movie should get a negative ranking, i.e., less than 0/5 stars. If for no other reason than some of the acting being quite possibly the worst I've ever seen, it should fail. However, I have to say I found something enjoyable in this film. Sure it is nothing more than a take on Hostel, and even glimmers of House on Haunted Hill, but it was fun. I know this review is going to sound terribly unhelpful, but I encourage you to give it at least a rental shot. Certainly not recommending a purchase, but a rental isn't a terrible choice.
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GREAT TITLE...for a movie about dead pirates, which this is not. This is somewhat of a "Saw" ripoff with various torture/killing scenes but none of the "intellect" of the movie. The movie goes on for awhile until it lets you know that it is a movie within a movie.

In the 1970's the doctor at this hospital (movie location) made snuff films of his patients. This movie within the movie is about that doctor. Then the crew finds a hidden room which contained the actual snuff films. The director watches the film. Soon people start to die, but it is not a who-dun-it. The voices didn't match the lips (foreign).

Parental Guide: Adult language, simulated sex/oral sex/ girl-girl action. Minor nudity.
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I had previously added Skeleton Crew to my "Instant Que" on Netflix and as usual, by the time I decided to watch it, it was "no longer available". So, I ended up buying it from a reputable seller here at Amazon. If you're a hardcore horror fan with a pension for B movies and indie horror then you won't be disappointed. It was definitely worth the $5 that I purchased it for (used) and that included "standard" shipping.
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Finland, Finland, Finland, the country where I want to be...

Then again, if this movie is any indication of Finland's horror scene, maybe I'm good in the States. I know, I know, judging an entire country on the basis of one movie would be like those same countries judging the US on the basis of a Todd Sheets movie. So I'll reserve judgment of Finland as a country until I see more.

As for this movie, it was crap.

Writer/Director Steven is filming his masterpiece, SILENT CREEK in an abandoned mental hospital in Finland where, in the 1970s, the police discovered the resident doctor was making snuff films featuring his patients. The place has been empty since then and Steven thought it would be perfect to film his movie, a fictionalized account of the very events that took place there, on location. Halfway through filming, the crew happens to find the original films made by the doctor, who had taken to calling himself The Auteur, in a sealed room. Steven becomes obsessed with the movies and in a scene I couldn't quite figure out either loses his mind or becomes possessed by the Auteur. From here you can figure out the last half of the movie: Steven, as Auteur, decides to make his movie as real as possible by killing off his cast and crew one by one, and filming it.

Wow. What a twist. I didn't see that coming. It was much better than CATS. I'm going to see it again and again. The victims then make the brilliant deduction that they're inside a horror film, so they need to start playing by the rules. First order of business, "Let's go to the basement." Hmm. Let's rethink this. Locked in a mental institution, a group of half a dozen strong, able-bodied people against one crazy man with an 8mm camera. Let's go to the basement.
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