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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Kelsey T. Howard

Starring:
Jamie Pressly (as Catherine - for 15 minutes at least)
Edward Furlong (as Philip)
Daniel Franzese (as Claude)

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A jilted reality show contestant becomes the producer of his own showÖone where the penalty for losing a challenge is death.
Is it good movie?
Philip Markham was on Loverís Lane, where he was dismissed during the finale by Catherine. After going through another reality show (to get a complete makeover) Philip returns to the house Catherine and her husband Daniel (the one she didnít jilt) were given by the Loverís Lane producerÖthe twist being that he is now the producer of his own reality show, one that will take place in that very home, while Catherine and Daniel go off on vacation. Except they never make it to their plane, if you know what I mean. When Philip's contestants show up, it takes them a ridiculously long time to figure out that when their fellow contestants lose a challenge, they arenít really sent home, they are killed by Philipís semi-retarded brother, Claude. So they stop the sexy pillow-fights and ratings-minded backstabbing and begin fighting (poorly) for their own lives.

I popped this DVD in thinking that I would hate it, but hoping that it would be one of those cases where I was proven wrong, the little movie that could. No such luck. While I didnít hate it, I also didnít like it. About the worst thing you can say for a movie is that it did nothing for you. Such is the case here. I canít even muster enough energy to bash the thing. The acting is decent; well, except for the greasy, pudgy, sad Edward Furlong. The action is filmed well; poor geography and continuity are things that always bug me. However, there is little to titillate (unless you get off seeing Jamie Pressly in granny panties and what looks like a nursing bra) and the gore is limited to one semi-decent beheading and one semi-decent de-limbing. The dangling cow was also sort of gross.

Ultimately, however, the little movie that could fails to chug up the hill. It just makes too little sense. There is simply no way the events could play out like they do. I spent the whole movie wondering how a reality TV show would have no cameramen or boom operators, how they relied solely on wall-mounted cameras and apparently ambient mikes. And how could one man remove another man, trussed up to a chair and perched on a kitchen counter top, and drag him out and plunk him perfectly down into the middle of the pool, without the cops at the front door hearing any ruckus? The answer: he couldnít.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen, though no aspect ratio is specified. Picture looks good, though.

Audio: Once again, no specification. Youíll be able to hear it, I guess. Not sure if thatís a good thing or not.
The Extras
There are no extras on this disc. While I would have loved to hear what on earth they were thinking when they made this negligible film, I was also relieved at being done with the disc.
Last Call
This is a movie that you wonít hate, but you wonít ever feel the need to watch again, and, frankly, I suggest you just rewatch Ghostbusters or something instead. If you want to see a better representation of a horror film with a reality show theme, might I suggest 1999ís Kolobos? The actual premise is of an anthropology-related experimental film, but that is close enough to government work for me.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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