Playback (2012)




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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) Magnolia
R (for bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and some teen partying)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Christian Slater
as Frank Lyons
Johnny Pacar
as Julian
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
Dan Overton
as Doctor
David Roetman
as Paramedic
Jake Strunk
as Graffiti Victim at Party
Jana Veldheer
as Susie Diehl
Kenny Stevenson
as Co-Worker
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Critic Reviews for Playback

All Critics (6)

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 10, 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

Playback is a movie that had the potential to be good but suffers from terrible writing and a director who should have let someone have a pass at his script to get things tightened up

Full Review… | February 25, 2012
Dread Central

Audience Reviews for Playback

This is not what one would call a horror classic, to say the least. It's not even what one would call a mediocre horror film. It's, for all intents and purposes, a largely terrible horror film with a somewhat decent idea that it absolutely wasted. To be fair, even if the idea itself had been executed well, let's say a 6 out of 10 in its effectiveness, I don't think the film would've been very good anyway. It's just that everything around it, from the cast, the cinematography, the writing, everything was really working against this film. Let's not kid ourselves, Christian Slater was in this film simply for a paycheck and for the fact that his 'name value' could probably secure some funding for the film. It's very clear that he's there for those reasons and his character, while important in moving the "narrative" forward, isn't exactly necessary. The gore is pretty terrible as well to be honest. It just looks very cheap and B-movie-esque. Not saying that this movie was meant to be taken all that seriously, but there aren't a lot of hints of irony coming from this film, so that's a shame. The acting is pretty much what you can expect from such a low-budget horror film, not very good. It's not that there aren't some marginally talented people in the cast, it's just that the way their performances were directed/edited did absolutely nobody any favors. Nobody's stock improved from appearing in this film, not that it probably would've even if the film WAS good. That's how respected horror films are in mainstream Hollywood, even though it's probably got the most loyal fans of any genre, who are easy to get money out of, apparently. I did like the idea of this man, Harlan's great-grandfather, trying to possess the spirit of his relatives through the use of his films. That's about the only thing I like, that concept, because the execution is stereotypical slasher. I'm not even sure why I gave it one star. It's not like it's the worst horror film I've ever seen, so that's probably part of it. It's still a terrible horror movie and one that I regret watching. Not recommended, obviously.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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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
Todd Smith

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Terrible Movie, i didn't even finish it

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