CIRCLE OF EIGHT
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Jessica moves into a loft on the eighth floor of a Los Angeles apartment building called The Dante. The other tenants all seem friendly at first, but when she starts witnessing horrible deaths, she must team up with her neighbor Evan to solve the mystery -- and uncover her own connection to the place.
Is it good movie?
Well, this really isn't very good at all. It would seem that this little project was once some sort of internet TV show and I can see why it never hit the airwaves. Young hot girl moves into creepy building and meets all kinds of wacky characters who could surely never be up to their elbows in murder. You get the manager, some couples, the weirdo who digs her and the terrifying DJ Qualls who literally films her ever move. These side characters are nothing more than stereotypes who serve to further the 'plot' by revealing one tidbit at a time.
This is like a movie you'd find on the bottom shelf after not being able to decide on anything else. Coming off like a bad TV movie, this one is full of awful dialogue and stupid characters who are all in on the whole ordeal before Jessica knows. I'm talking like Days of Our Lives style stuff where the characters are all "you'll know soon enough" and that sort of dreck. The movie tries to make you wonder if the building is evil, if the characters are evil or if Jessica is just crazy. The truth is, you really won't care.
People start dying and Jessica can't prove it to anyone. Jessica is also a bit of an idiot, as she never asks the right questions or behaves the way a human would. She falls into every single horror movie trap she can find and really isn't very interesting. And man, when you find out what actually happens in the end, you will want to beat your own head in. It's really, really stupid. The movie is shot like a horror flick from 1999, with lots of lame quick cuts and hard rock music. The lighting is terrible and looks cheap and every clue is accompanied by oodles of slow motion, just to be subtle.
Yeah, I loved this.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks pretty grainy, dark and muddled. Nothing great about this.
Audio comes to us in Dolby 5.1 and sounds pretty clear, nothing special though.
First up is Behind the Scenes of Circle of Eight, which clocks in at a whopping 5 minute and deals with the cast and crew talking about what the movie is about as if they don't know themselves.
Next is On Haunted Location, which checks in at 4 minutes and shows where they filmed this one in an abandoned hospital. Wouldn't that have been more interesting than a scary apartment building?
A Day in the Life of a Production Assistant is a throwaway clip about cutting your teeth in the film industry as a PA. Just what you want in a horror DVD, no?
You also get a trailer for Carriers, which was a far superior flick.
I hate to ream a movie, but this was unwatchable for me. Bad acting, stupid story, terrible filmmaking and a ludicrous ending just don't add up to anything nice I can say about this. Stay far, far away unless you're a sucker for punishment.