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Rating: ***.5 ( 3 and a half out of 5)
Year: 2007

Plot: A couple’s failing marriage is punctuated by car failure. They check into a skeezy little local motel where they are the solitary residents. The husband David (played by Luke Wilson) tries to pass the time by popping in some old VHS tapes only to discover that they are home-made snuff films… and they were taped in the same room that they are currently nervously staying! Will the prospect of vicious murder help the couple put aside their differences and stymie the hotel’s snuff producer’s plans for them? Will they make it out alive?

Review: Director Nirod Antal does a superb job of creeping me out without actually showing me all that much. The anxiety starts in early and builds upon itself exponentially. My heart caught in my throat 15 minutes in, and I couldn’t choke it back down until the movie’s final sequence. The premise is believable, and the characters are fleshed out with reality. Here’s a good example of how to scare people without any appeal to the supernatural.

Notable scene: Opening credits are an oft-neglected way to bring the viewer into the movie. They get a mention here not because the rest of the movie was bad but because the credits are just that good!
Gore :         Buckets
Sex/Nudity: Nipples
(but you’ll feel like you’ve seen a helluva lot more)
Scariness:   Screams
Campiness: Donald Pleasances
Creepiness: Cellar Doors


Munchy Suggestion: Take home order of Egg Fu-Yung
For More: Information than you require about the flick, look here: Wiki or here: IMDB.


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