Today we have something a little bit different and a lot shorter… This review isn’t going to be very long because the video isn’t very long which makes it perfect for a quick watch late on a Sunday Night if you want to have a bit of a giggle – but I hope you have a sense of humor… You’ll need it to even get through the 29 minutes of this! It came out in 2009 and was originally aired on Netflix over 3 installments, with the premise being a sort of interactive video where the audience votes on the order of the deaths. It’s actually made up of 10 different clips which were later released as a whole through TrailersFromHell.com – but I can’t imagine it being any better than the 29 minute version available now on Netflix (and don’t intend on finding out).
It’s a simple idea – a rock star shoots himself in the head and 5 people who leeched off him when he was alive come to the funeral… Turns out he cursed his death allowing him to take revenge on those people, who even after his death want to suck the last little bit of cash out of him. The idea then was for viewers to vote on who lives and dies, with the 29 minute version on Netflix presumably being the result of these votes compiled in to one video.
You don’t need to sit through much of it which is good because you know how you get those films where the acting is purposely bad… really over the top to the point where you know they’re trying to be bad. Then they have over the top bad special effects to cover the fact that they’re bad because they have no money… This isn’t like that – it’s just bad.
The acting throughout is terrible, and even Tony Todd who I assumed would save this film looks like he just did it for a laugh and put in just enough effort to pass it off as trying to fit in. He really could have saved the film – he’s a good actor, but I think he gave them what they presumably paid him for, which was a half-arsed job. I’m not even going to talk about the other actors!
As for the effects!
Wow the special effects!
The phone box scene has some good make up effects which develop during that bit… but then they add on some lightning effects. Bad idea! Who ever decided to keep that in the film rather than saying, shall we just turn it in to a massive microwave oven instead wasn’t thinking straight.
I have to say that it really is bad enough to be worth having a good laugh at, so for half an hour of smiles and giggles I think a 2 star rating will do. Had it been any longer I really don’t think i would have kept watching it – at no point does it truly grab you and pull you in.
Did anyone here see it when it first came out and took part in the interactive feature? I wonder if that made it better, because its not even really like the effects looked good for the age, so that unique angle might have been just what it needed!