Reviewed byjswindter01Vote: 7/10/10
...a fresh take on the now, very stale genre of horror!
I know there seem to be many who do not at all believe the "gimmick"that's used in the movie, "Murder in the Dark". I specifically use theword "gimmick" due to that being the most common of the negativedescriptors used by critics in speaking of what this set ofwriters/directors bravely, dared to use in making this little horrorflick.
I. personally, DO believe that this crew/cast actually did try thisdaring feat of something totally new, and unheard of in the making ofANY movie, much less a genre piece of horror. I absolutely believe thatthese actors/actresses were led in blind and thereby forced to rely ontheir own gut feelings, and intuition, on how to proceed forwardthroughout the entire filming of this movie..and for me, the end resultwas great!
It was completely grounded in reality, which allows the viewer to feelthe unease, and even somewhat "feel" the fear that naturally arisesfrom the unknown..and IMO, these actors/actresses were every bit in thethick of the thick of "the unknown"..the who?..the what?..the when, andhow?..each of the scenes were going to play out?.. as well asdeciphering where each of the scenes were going to fit.. what theywould mean..and from there what it would "equal" in compiling andpiecing together the proverbial puzzle of the "big picture", as awhole, in what would form the cohesive plot of the movie.
I dug it, and I very much appreciate the different route this crew/castdared to take in making this movie.
Reviewed byGL84Vote: 7/10/10
Arriving at a strange Turkish town, a group of friends attempt to playa game taught to them by a hitchhiker which soon turns deadly when theybegin disappearing one-by-one and must find the reason why they'rebeing targeted and get out alive.
This one wasn't all that bad and had some good parts about it. Amongthe better parts here is the fact that there's some rather enjoyabletimes to come from it's atmosphere and surroundings that this onereally plays with which makes for a wholly enjoyable time here. Playingthis inside the kind of decrepit, crumbling open-air castle- groundsthat this one does gives it the absolutely perfect old-world air ofneglect and disuse which is absolutely amazing at generating thesuspense of the situation simply with the kind of foreign atmospherethat's required here. In turn, when this one turns over into a stylishthriller about the group being targeted and then finding out there's asavage killer haunting the area it lets this one get even creepier withthe early set-ups here with the video- camera and the pictures showingsomething happened there makes it seem like an even creepier place herewhich really gets worked over nicely with the different slasher filmsequences that come up. From the discovery of the bodies strewn overthe location and the different scenes of them being held captive in thedifferent settings within makes for a great time here that gives this areally enjoyable touch that coincides nicely with their growinghysteria and general confusion over what's happening there whichmanages to give this a rather fun and enjoyable time. There's someflaws here, mainly in the fact that this one doesn't really get to theslashing until way too late into the film. This one manages to go untilnearly an hour mark before it starts in on the different slashing thatoccurs within here, fixating mostly on the dull interactions of thegroup with their petty and bland fixations here from the father nottrusting the hitchhiker around his daughter, the main couple arguingover their travel plans and how everyone's dealing with the crampedlocation that all hold the film's killer down from appearing earlierwhich is quite a struggle to get through. These are more problematic inthe sense that they come off rather lethargic and slow-going ratherthan the film's centerpiece scene where they confront each other overwho's the potential killer within them which is filled with utterlyunappealing moments that don't mean anything and makes it so hard tocare as they all turn on each other over flimsy means. Lastly, once thekiller is revealed and the motivation given, it makes no sense asthere's no build-up or real rationale throughout here which tends tomake it seem all the more troubling than it really is and could've usedsome fleshing out than what's given here. Otherwise this one herewasn't all that bad.
Rated R: Violence, Graphic Language and sexual themes.
Reviewed byshawnblackmanVote: 5/10/10
A group of people head up to see some ruins and then camp out. Whilethere they start being killed with their organs harvested. Everyone issuspicious of each other and the deaths are falling in order of thegame they played called Murder In The Dark.
This was sort of a found footage. The premise wasn't too bad but whatwas bugging me the whole time was why couldn't they just leave? I knowthe vehicle wouldn't start of course but if every morning we woke upand someone had been killed in the night, my ass would be walking downthe road with nothing left to lose, not staying there for three morenights. I guess the film wouldn't be as long. It does get boring aftera bit. I thought the end was stupid. It just didn't have an 8 Films ToDie For feel.
'When a group of young people camping in the ruins of a medieval Turkish town play a party game called 'Murder in the Dark', they soon discover that someone is taking the game too far...' Produced in an experimental shooting style, this murder-mystery features a cast of actors who were not allowed to see the script. The actors' choices interactively changed the shape of the story. They had to use clues to solve the mystery laid out before them by the filmmakers.