Dark Reel Reviews
It centers on a low-budget film studio, and the behind the scenes stuff is a lot of fun. Lance Henriksen gives his best performance in years as a Roger Corman-like studio head. It's a part that refreshes his career and hopefully will awaken him from his B-movie funk. Also very good is Edward Furlong who also resurrects his career with a likable performance as a movie geek. His relationship with smart and sexy Tiffany Shepis is a treat, as it's fun watching the fan fall in love with his screen idol. They form a special bond that is the center of the picture, and it's a most unexpected pleasure.
The film is focused on the story, which is solid and well told, but this is a horror film and it doesn't spare the blood and gore. A few of the murders are pleasantly memorable. There is maybe one too many twists near the end, including one that hints at Furlong being the killer, and I was glad to see the film not go that route. I liked him and his character too much. He's a down to earth guy who is not unlike myself.
Unfortunately, it does go on a little long, especially in the finale, and it has trouble maintaining its pacing. The set-up, however, is a lot of fun mostly because of Henriksen's wonderfully offbeat performance and the uncommonly good script.
"Dark Reel" is a film unjustly robbed of a theatrical release as it was better than a lot of the horror films I paid to see this year. It deserves to be seen.
The acting was comical, the people were fun to watch, the special effects were cheap as hell being digital and all, everyone knows that prop special effects is way better but I won't hold that against this rare treat.
(2008) Dark Reel
Edward Furlong stars in this low budget, straight-to-rental horrror film about with slasher killings abrubting while filming! As if we hadn't seen this before!
1/2 out of 4
a boring and lame slasher from the distributor of dvds in australia known as Peacock Films, none of those films have been good! but this sadly was their best
Every character in this film is distinct and quirky and a whole lot of fun to watch. As much as it is a suspense film it also spoofs the b-horror industry and the ruthlessness of Hollywood. This film is classier than many low budget horror films as exemplified by scenes such as the one where Tony Todd's detective character questions Lance Henriksen in an amazing verbal sword fight.
If you are looking for a straight out gore fest with no story or unique characters then this is not your film even though there are some very brutal death scenes.
But if you are looking for a great, fun filled ride of a film that never takes itself too seriously then this is for you.
Megan says: God, it was a waste of time and i want my hours back. Why did it take so long for people to die, it really pissed me off! The acting was horrible, they all sucked.
Issy: The script was unimaginative and boring and the plot confusing (was there a plot?!). I lost interest in the first 3 minutes, hoped for the best, but it got worse. It is just slightly better than 'Kiler Drag Queens on Dope.' Laughed at the scary scenes and it looked like they were using cranberry sauce for blood and brains.
Me: To echo my girls' sentiments, WAS there a plot? I would like my time back, please. Geez