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Playback (2012)




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Movie Info

While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock an even darker secret. Now, an evil spirit has been awakened and will stop at nothing to find his true heir. -- (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and some teen partying)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Michael A. Nickles
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 7, 2012
Magnolia Releasing - Official Site


Christian Slater
as Frank Lyons
Luke Bonczyk
as Harlan Diehl
Matt Braaten
as Detective
Dorien Davies
as Ms. Milton
Melanie Fawn
as Partier
Kevin Bouwkamp
as Guy by Pool
Abe Larkin
as Student
Mark Metcalf
as Chris Safford
David Roetman
as Paramedic
Jake Strunk
as Graffiti Victim at P...
Jana Veldheer
as Susie Diehl
Kenny Stevenson
as Co-Worker
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Critic Reviews for Playback

All Critics (5)

ambition alone can't make a good film, and if those elements are poorly put together and not fully realized, it can become less than the sum of its already tired parts

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
7M Pictures

Playback takes a potentially intriguing concept and punctuates it with extreme gore rather than thrilling suspense.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012
Paste Magazine

On the bright side, the movie gets less irritating with each passing murder.

Full Review… | March 11, 2012

Playback posits cinema as a conduit for Satanic evil, but has nothing to say about the act of watching, except that its uniform horridness functions as an unintentional commentary on enduring pitiful horror-movie conventions.

Full Review… | March 5, 2012
Slant Magazine

Nickels misses the mark with this design of voyeurism and possession, unable to launch his idea with an inspiring sense of madness or even basic boogeyman clarity.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012

Audience Reviews for Playback

Terrible Movie, i didn't even finish it

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

This awful mid budget horror feels like the worst ever episode of the "X-Files", a dated plot about a teen who gains evil powers by viewing some found footage. There are two movies within the movie but the quality is so bad overall that it's hard to distinguish any of them. Christian Slater looks relatively healthy again so his mum might like watching this, nobody else will.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

Playback is a B-Horror film that in a sense is nothing more than a new take on the Amityville Horror. Instead of a demon possessing a house, the demon in this film, keeps his spirit alive on videotape, and when someone sees the tape, they become the next possessed killer. The story was entertaining but wasn't really anything new or extraordinary and the same can be said about the cast. The cast, led by The Covenant's Toby Hemingway, wasn't one of the most talented casts I've ever seen, but they may have been the best looking. There are some really good looking people in this film, and believe it or not, it helps to keep your attention. The film is a little dull and predictable at times, but there is always something nice to look at. This movie isn't original and won't shock or surprise you, but it may just entertain you for a couple hours and it will most certainly have your eyes glued to the screen.

Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

Playback Quotes

Frank Lyons: I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.
– Submitted by Reeze C (3 years ago)
Frank Lyons: You see, my friend, I can't help it if I'm driven by the motives of a stronger youth.
Wylie: Not so, Frank. I feel as though the harpies call me to their den of lies and hatred.
Quinn: Too true, my dear. Now I shall pull back the curtains of deceit on the foul beast called loneliness.
– Submitted by R.j. M (3 years ago)

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