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Taboo

2.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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A sextet of rising stars, including Nick Stahl (In the Bedroom), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), January Jones (Anger Management), Lori Heuring (Mulholland Drive), and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), proves that taboos were made to be broken. Everyone knows there are some things that nice girls and boys just don't do. But when three college couples reveal their sexual secrets, the truth is more than anyone expected. From seduction to betrayal, from blackmail to murder, these six friends are about to discover that in the game of Taboo, the only rule is revenge.

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A not-so-innocent parlor game turns deadly in Taboo, a straight-to-video murder mystery that's better than you might expect. It begins on a proverbial dark and stormy night, when six preppy college pals reunite for an all-night ordeal of unexpected mayhem, prompted by the anonymous delivery of five cards bearing labels of shame (prostitute, infidel, homosexual, rapist, hypocrite)... but who fits these accusatory identities, and who sent the damning cards in the first place? One by one, the friends (including Terminator 3's Nick Stahl and American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas) fall prey to the killer among them, who psychotically holds a closely guarded secret. This sordid material begs for the relief of black comedy, but director Max Makowski takes it far too seriously. Fortunately, the surprise twist is clever enough to sustain the mystery, and the talented young cast (especially January Jones, as the prime suspect) makes the most of a deeply cynical screenplay. --Jeff Shannon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nick Stahl, Amber Benson, Derek Hamilton, Lori Heuring, January Jones
  • Directors: Max Mokowski
  • Producers: Chris Fisher, Ash R. Shah
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007M5KJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taboo" on IMDb

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By A. McKaig on December 8, 2003
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I'm a big Amber Benson fan and only bought this because she was in it. The story sounded like standard stalker fare but I was game. Although the pacing is a bit slow, I must say I found the movie very enjoyable. The twists just kept coming and I liked that I was using my mind to try to keep up instead of just vegging out.
The actors are good and again my only complaints were slow pacing and not fleshing out the wonderful characters they had.
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A lot of people didn't like this film, obviously, I wasn't among them. This film reminded me of the truth or dare game, with deadly consequences. Nick Stahl stands out from the remaining cast, even though they do a nice job with their roles as well. The title says it all, but you know the saying 'don't judge a book from its cover' the same is true with this film, Judge the film for yourself.
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This is the ultimate explicit story of burning lust between mother played by Kay Parker and her son played by Mike Ranger. Filmed in 1979 and released in 1980 in the best period and golden era of adult films. The way they look at each other and masturbate a little as they see each other nude Kay in a shower and Mike in his bed is a real turn on for those who have been there and even those who just fantasize about this type of bond. Kay and Mike do it all and the soundtrack is one of the best ever done for an adult film. The original and best of the taboo series and other films of this type. It also has a orgy that is very hot with exibitionist showing off and getting off.
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I like just about any film that has Nick Stahl in the cast. This surely inexpensively made movie, about a party game played one New Year's Eve in a spacious old mansion, with the surprising and deadly results coming forth the following New Year's, in the same setting, is fun. It keeps one guessing, although the screenplay could have done more to hide what the outcomes for each protagonist would be. Given the premise of this little sexo-psycho-thriller, some humour would have made the frolics all that more spicy; this kind of film needs a touch of kitsch to realise fully the potential.

Nick Stahl is front and foremost throughout the film and he remains alive, as the others, really and playfully, intimately are and are not as the film progresses. This gives Stahl more screen time than some of the other actors receive during the "dark and stormy night" of bitchy, vicious, and bloody doings in on the fatal night of its main action right to the very end -- although, at last, Stahl is not among the living any longer at the motion picture's very conclusion (which comes as a surprise, even if so much of the other workings-out of the plot do not). Stahl looks good, boyishly handsome in his usual "negligently elegant" kind of way, and his acting is excellent. The other actors and actresses are variable, some better than others, none of them so good as Stahl is.

This one is worth it to pick up if purchased inexpensively or rented. (These kinds of plots, after all, do not hold up to too many viewings.) For Nick Stahl, it is well worth that much.
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Ok, here's the thing. I am very good at suspending my disbelief. I do my absolute best not to figure things out before they happen, but instead just let myself go and enjoy the ride.
That is damn nigh impossible with this movie.
Some have criticized the acting in this movie and while it isn't terribly convincing, it didn't bother me too much. Others have commented on the direction, music, etc... and while they may not be great, they're not so terrible as to make a movie unwatchable. This script, however, was woefully inadequate, but let's be honest even that can be overlooked at times. What was absolutely unforgivable with this movie was the sheer predictability of it.
You WILL know what's about to happen quite a while ahead of time and, as a consequence, you will NOT care about the event when it occurs.
I believe the creators of this film had an inkling as to the faults in their work and so tried to make it more unpredictable and twist-laden towards the end. Unfortunately, all they managed to do was dissolve any semblance of realism the film may have had whilst insulting the intelligence of the viewers.
Keep in mind this is from someone who has thoroughly enjoyed many a cheesy horror flick (e.g. Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Scream), drawn out pseudo-suspenseful movies (e.g. The Abyss, Intensity, Catacombs), and even movies about rich people just sitting around talking (e.g. An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest*).
This movie tried to combine the three of these genres and fell well short of them all.
Now, if you've read this review you've wasted enough time on this movie, just move on quietly, and forget this movie ever existed. I'm sure that's what the actors are trying to do. Good luck.
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A bad script, poor acting and a lack of execution plague "Taboo" from beginning to end in this unconvincing attempt at a horror movie. This movie is more of a joke than anything else and cannot possibly be taken seriously by anyone. "Taboo" is about a group of friends who play a game called "Taboo" in which they discovery that they are all stupid degenerates of some sort. However, a year later at a New Year's party, the friends begin to die one by one, and a "whodunnit" flick ensues. The problems with "Taboo" are many as it is predictable, unconvincing and lame. The acting was terrible in my opinion and while the plot may have been able to work with some good actors, I thought the execution was completely lousy and that the movie just failed on every level and fell flat on its face. The movie was unable to generate any atmosphere whatsoever, the characters were ridiculous and the movie failed to produce any scares whatsoever. The only thing taboo about this movie is that it should be considered taboo to watch it because it sucks!
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