DEATH ON DEMAND
Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
Suzannah Lawson Matalon
Bridget Megan Clark
What's it about
A bunch of college students are locked in the house of a maniac killer for the night, in an attempt to win five thousand dollars by following clues that lead them out of the house. The whole event is streaming on the web by emerging entrepreneur Richard, who hopes to make a ton of coin off the deal.
Is it good movie?
Iím going to give director Adam Matalon credit for making a sort of entertaining horror flick. All of the right elements are there; a half decent plot (although not very original), hot girls that take their clothes off, and some pretty good blood and gore. Only the flick falls short in the acting department and there are also quite a few plot holes as well.
The film begins with a flashback that delivers the backstory behind the grizzly murder of the McIntyre family. Ice climber Sean McIntyre comes back from a climb, and canít seem to concentrate. So when he sits down to dinner with his family he decides to kill them all to get rid of his headache instead of just taking some aspirin. Then the story jumps forward to introduce all of the wild and wacky characters that are going to participate in the DEATH ON DEMAND webcast. Once in the house the contestants are given clues to solve, and set out on their task of solving a mystery and finding their way out of the house. But after conjuring up the sprit of Sean McIntyre the whole webcast runs red with blood. YeeeHawww!
Iím not going to say that I loved this movie, but I will say that the filmmakers had their hearts in the right place. The flick delivers the titties and blood even if the plot and acting fall short. If the director would have found a writer with some talent Iím pretty sure he would have made a strong little film. But as it stands dialogue like ďSeriously babe, why are you dicking around with that fortune teller garbage?Ē doesnít cut it on the screen.
Also, all of the male leads in this film are stiffer than I am while watching an Asia Argento flick, but for some reason all of the females in the flick seem to have an adequate amount of skill. Now the kids watching the webcast from the comfort of their living room did a fine job (even the guys) and didnít display that same wooden performance style that was so prominent with the male leads.
All in all DEATH ON DEMAND was sorta fun, I think, either way the girls were hot.
Video / Audio
Video: The video looked like video, and in spots it hurt the film, but it worked well for the webcast portion of the film.
Audio: The audio was adequate.
The only special feature on this disc is a trailer, and it didnít do the film any justice.
DEATH ON DEMAND is a cheesy direct-to-DVD flick that isnít scared to show a little skin, and drip a lot of blood. The girls are hot, the acting is pretty bad, the story is kinda thin, but it was a good time waster. If Iíd have had a few beers in me it would have been even better.