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From the makers of 30 Days of Night and The Grudge comes this terrifying supernatural thriller. A tattooist (Jason Behr) unwittingly unleashes a forcible deadly spirit through an ancient Samoan tattoo tool. Now marked for death, he will need to uncover the source of the evil in order to save his new love, and recover his own soul.

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  • Actors: Ian Vincent, Caroline Cheong, John Bach, Matailiili Tuimaunga, Glen Jackson
  • Directors: Peter Burger
  • Producers: Robin Scholes, Daniel Yun, Julie Christie, James Dean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00177YA10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tattooist" on IMDb

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This New Zealand-made film is quite different and original, about an American tattoo artist who becomes involved with a supernatural spirit related to Samoan tattoing and Somoan culture, and has to figure out what is going on and try to set things right (before anybody else dies). The acting, the cinematography, and the filmmaking are very high quality for a low budget independent type picture. There is a chilling 'backstory' of Jake's childhood that set him on his course as a globe trotting tattoo artist, collecting designs from other cultures, but the main action is set in Singapore and then mostly in New Zealand. There is a certain ick factor with the victims' inky deaths, but I wouldn't really call this a horror film, but more of a mysterious scary thriller. The action in the film makes sense within the culture of the story and there is a satisfactory resolution to things. The DVD 'extra stuff' is also very interesting. The New Zealand Somoans were so pleased with how their culture was being presented, they made Jason Behr and director Peter Burger honorary chiefs and they show some of that. There is a narrative commentary of the film with Jason Behr and the director.
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I was not sure what to expect, Since there were no reviews of this movie in the U.S, I am a Jason Behr fan so I relied on the information on his fan sites and from other fans that had already seen the movie. I thought it was a surprisingly and welcome, change to the usual blood and guts thriller movies in the U.S, It had imagination and uniqueness that we as americans have lost, its always about bigger and better explosions and CGI effects, this movie was well written and held your attention dispite that it was a low budget film, I never really felt that during the film, Jasons character had depth and seemed very real. I especially enjoyed the cultural aspect of the film, I learned a lot about New Zealand, I did not know before, and about the Samoan tattoo legends. Relying on your imagination gives your more possiblities then just knowing whats going to happen and then waiting to see how they planned on CGI'ing it to death. All in all this was a refreshing piece of entertainment, and purhaps I am a little bias since I have enjoyed Jason Behr's character as Max Evans in Roswell prior. I would recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see real acting, not just CGI animation and unbelievable stunts that no real human was ever attempt. ! Enjoy
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Jason Behr, who first came to my attention in the excellent werewolf movie 'Skinwalkers", is just as compelling in this very spooky thriller. This film was totally engaging and never thew me out of the story with bad acting, cinamatography, or irrevelance. As a long term fan of the thriller/horror genre it was great finding a film that I can watch again, and had what I found to be a unique and interesting story-line and cast. This is a definate keeper and not because of the brief shot of the back of Jason Behr's character standing nude before a huge picture glass window in Singapore.
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I had never heard of The Tattooist before. It's a New Zealand production and was released in 2007. Jason Behr stars as the tattoo artist Jake Sawyer, who happens to steal an old tattoo tool. He accidentally cuts himself with it, releasing a tattoo Samoan demon.

I wasn't expecting too much from a movie that I have never heard of, but The Tattoo isn't a bad movie considering its small budget. Actually, the special effects really standout compared to the big-budget horror movies. I wouldn't classify this as a horror movie as it is more of a mystery.
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I purchased this movie for my boyfriend for his birthday because he likes horror and related stuff. I wasn't sure I would like it, as it started out slightly slow, but once it got going, it had an ok story line. It wasn't scary in the least, but it DID have a happy ending, and I'm a stickler for those!
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Brilliant film. Excellent plot. Great mix of the ancient rich and diverse Samoan culture, being threatened by modern day pop influences of hip-hop, colliding with tattoo symbolism and unjust shame turned avenging evil spirit. Loved the concept of equal parts suspense murder mystery and horror genre (great horror death in hospital). Loved the concept of strong arm, weak arm for Jake (Jason Behr). Loved the concept of healing tattoos. Brilliant performances by Jason Behr and an exceptionally wonderful New Zealand supporting cast. The shot of Jake's full back art (done in strong symbols), pulling away to reveal Sina's full back art (evil spirit's tattoo turned into tree of life) is stunningly beautiful. I really loved this movie even though I'm not into horror and don't have a single tattoo. I'm not sure how tiny New Zealand manages to put out so many great movies.
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I really enjoyed this movie!! I am a fan of horror/suspense/thriller genre and came across this movie after watching another great horror movie with Jason Behr, Senseless. I thought the story was great, as was the acting all around. After I finished watching the first time I immediately watched it again with the audio commentary, which made me like it all that much more! I would highly recommend this movie.
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