Roman (Lucky McKee) is a lonely young man who yearns to find love, happiness and companionship. Tormented by his ungrateful co-workers and trapped in a life of tedium as a welder in a local factory, Roman's one pleasure is his obsession with the elusive beauty (Kristen Bell) who lives in another apartment in his building complex. When a chance encounter with the young woman goes horribly wrong, a moment of frenzied desperation triggers a chilling turn of events leading to the girl's murder. As he teeters between deranged fantasy and cold reality, Roman's struggle to hide his grisly secret is further complicated by an eccentric neighbor named Eva (Nectar Rose) who develops an unlikely attraction to Roman and forces herself into his dark and tortured world.
rick r (de) wrote: Reel Evil is a found-footage paranormal flick directed by Danny Draven and starring Jessica Morris, Jeffrey Adler, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Jim Tavare, Galen Howard, Lino Dumont and Spencer John Olson. The movie follows struggling film makers Kennedy, Cory and James who are hired to shoot a 'behind-the-scenes' documentary for a major studio production. The story has the young crew spending down time on the shoot exploring an old hospital facility that seems to be rife with entities. It is a classic case of haunting of malevolence. This film comes from Full Moon, a studio that whether you love them or hate them has a pretty tight systematic approach to horror that has lasted for decades. The story for Reel Evil is pretty cut and dry. A standard tale of haunting where the spirits are far from friendly. The film uses all the expected tricks of found-footage that has come to define the sub-genre so there is nothing new within that aspect of the movie. The effects are a blend of traditional organic effects combined with the more modern CGI produced material. In this film the director took care not to over use the computer generated effects so that what is used is tolerable. When it came to the gorier organic effects there was just as much care taken and it provides expected realism to those necessary moments. The story is a good story which is entertaining and convincing. It doesn't seem contrived or forced upon us. The actors are pretty tight in their performances and give a believable performance as well which makes the movie watchable.Reel Evil could have been one of those opportunities for the studio to shine but unfortunately as a horror story the movie fails. The director seems to have forgot the main ingredient-the thrills. There are absolutely no moments in this film that are scary or suspenseful at all. It is a pretty standard ghost story that tells a great tale but beyond the standard cookie cutter pattern of story telling there is nothing that stands out about Reel Evil. Watch knowing it will be a cool ghost story from a staple studio in the horror genre but don't expect to be scared or have those intense moments of suspense because they are just not in this movie.
Ricardo A (fr) wrote: Noomi Rapace delivers a great performance and the story keeps you glued to the screen but the ending makes little sense so The Monitor leaves you unsatisfied.
James C (it) wrote: A group of strangers are thrown together and must fight for survival as a small town is overrun by zombies. Low budget, independent horror films - like them or loathe them they are a way for any budding director to get his or her ideas out to the viewing audience. Some of them are good, some of them are deliberately bad, but some of them are bad and think that they are good. With it's sepia tone camera work, slow motion scenes and weird dream sequences, 'Awaken The Dead' tries so hard to be arty, but due to it's acting and budget limitations, it unfortunately fails. The storyline is nothing new, but has a few interesting ideas, but with a running time of 101 minutes, it is just far too long. The effects are primitive, and there is only one major gore scene in the entire movie. If it didn't take itself so seriously I would say it would have been a perfect movie for Troma to distribute, but it's high aspirations are ultimately it's undoing.
Leah X (nl) wrote: "I want to have sex with her, constantly." LOL, I wish a guy would say that to his mother about me.It was kind of cute, but I thought the guy playing the main character was younger. A 20 year old is not that shy nor naiive. :T
Stefano L (us) wrote: Simple plot with a smart but predictable ending. Good actors and direction.
Jon F (nl) wrote: an awesome flick one of my faves
George B (au) wrote: So bad it hurts. Is it possible to give this movie minus five stars?
sean l (gb) wrote: Really good live action version. Definitely been a holiday tradition with the original since it came out.
Brandon J (kr) wrote: Excellent detective movie. The story was good, and the acting was spot on. Jack Nicholson is a brilliant actor. This happens to be one of my favorites in the handful pile of movies. I am a very picky reviewer.