Spiral

2007

Spiral

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A reclusive telemarketer's dysfunctional friendship with his boss is alleviated when a whimsical co-worker enters his life. But as he begins to sketch his new friend''s portrait, disturbing feelings from his past threaten to lead him down a path of destruction.

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Audience Reviews for Spiral

  • Sep 10, 2013
    Psychological thriller. Mason is a loner with a crappy 9-5 and only one person he could call a friend. His boss, Berkeley. That is until he meets the new girl at work, Amber. A friendly, slightly quirky girl who connects with Mason almost straight away and after a while Mason has invited her to his apartment to share his hobby; painting. His big love alongside jazz. And soon Mason is painting portraits of Amber as the pair move closer but Masons past and the possibility of a deadly secret could put Amber in danger. As a fan of director Adam Green, I was impressed with his work on Spiral. The film is more about character and mood so this is completely different to his work on the Hatchet movies and, like his other film Frozen, shows he can do tension and suspense without chucking a load of blood in your face. The cast do a great job to. Joel David Moore brilliant as Mason and lovely Amber Tamblyn also great as Amber. Spiral might not appeal to fans of conventional horror and Adam Greens other stuff but for those that enjoy more psychological, slow burning thrillers/horrors, Spiral is well worth checking out. Spiral was rated 18 on DVD in the UK(I'm guessing that'd be R in the US?) but don't read anything into that. The film is no more than a 15. Think the BBFC gave it an 18 as an 18 rated film was in the trailers(?!)
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  • Jun 15, 2011
    The ending was the best for sure. This movie is about a quiet/awkward guy named Mason who is a very talented painter. His only friend is his coworker Berkley. Mason meets a girl and they become friends. He starts painting her, and things get ugly a little bit afterwards. ***SPOILERS**** After watching the first like 30 minutes, I already predicted Mason was a schizophrenic who was just imagining Amber. When Berkley told Mason at the end that the girls he had dated weren't real, I was like oh yeah, I called it. But then it turned out the girls did exist and Mason really had killed them all. I was like whoa shit! I didn't see that coming. It was awesome. That was a good twist to throw in. I thought for sure it was going to be the same twist I've seen before where the guy just hallucinates, but I'm glad this movie wasn't like that. I really liked it. The only thing I didn't like about this film was the acting. The girl who played Amber was really, really obnoxious. She was loud and annoying and a little weird to be honest. I mean Mason definitely isn't the cutest guy and he's really strange. Why would a pretty girl like Amber keep messing with him trying to figure him out? He's obviously a messed up dude. I don't really understand what she saw in him, but I guess she got what she deserved in the end. She was a bad actress too. The one scene where she was pretending to cry was a total fail. My horse could have done that scene better. Overall I thought it was a good movie. The twist was good.
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  • May 22, 2010
    Rented this after being so impressed with Green?s Frozen.  I thought it was okay at best, but I really loved the ending.
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  • Sep 18, 2009
    Zachary Levi (Chuck). What a great guy. Not in near enough films and I didn't even know he was in this as it's not like widely shown except for in the starting credits of the film. So i didn't see this movie coming. Talks about a loner who is socially awkward and I totally sympathized and like wow, someone made a movie about me. But then the stuff gets twisted and the main character, Joel Moore, calls up his boss Zach in the wee hours of the morning having a breathing attack saying he did something bad. Zach is really is patient with Joel, I mean REALLY patient. He puts up with his off behavior although he does it in such a way sometimes that he acts like he's better than Joel. Joel is like a train wreck of a person. Keeps to himself and doesn't really handle dealing with people well. No wonder why I empathize with this movie. However there is this one girl Amber that takes a shine to him even though he stays to himself. The story doesn't really unravel so much as you follow Joel's day to day life and what seems like a mental breakdown at times. Amber's character gets closer and closer taking a shine to Joel but he's about as emotionally available as a corpse. He has a dark secret that you can't tell if it's real or all in his disturbed mind. I love how Zach plays Xbox during one of the parties. Makes such a great nerd. Amber has such endearing qualities. She's so sweet and sincere. She's also forward and puts up with Joel's retarded tendencies. Can only happen in a movie. Finally as the movie progresses and Amber gets closer it's like you get to see more of Joel's character, almost like he's opening up. It's like you are learning about him as she does. It's a nice directorial touch. As the movie goes on it becomes more of a romance. You don't see so much of his demons as he opens up and falls for Amber. Then suddenly the weird finds a way to creep back in and surprise you. Perfect way to see how women can be fine one minute then flip weird and change on you the next. Don't get it at all. Wow it takes a real twist. Kind of saw it coming but the way things unwrap is great. The best PG-13 drama movie that is twisted that I've seen in a long time. It's moving and tells a great story. I really enjoyed this even though it seems to follow the whole "need a twist" type of plot motivator. Was a pleasant surprise tucked away from most. I love this film.
    Aurelius D Super Reviewer

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