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GROUPIE
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Starring:
Taryn Manning
Hal Ozsan
and Eric Roberts

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A rock band takes on another groupie during their tour, but this new one has a real killer instinct. You know, because sheís a killer and all.
Is it good movie?
I didnít know director Mark L. Lester by name. I pride myself on knowing a lot of directors names (yeah, I'm a loser), but Lester didnít ring a bell. Why should it when you look at this type of film? It's a cheap horror DVD release. Chances are itís a director no one will hear from again. And good riddance. But after watching the behind the scene feature on the DVD, all the actors interviewed made a big deal about him, so I some extensive research (by clicking several buttons). Dude had a successful run in the 80s with Commando, Firestarter, Class of 1999, and Showdown in Little Tokyo. Point is it made me watch the movie with a different eye.

Groupie was made by a real pro andÖitís still quite crappie. The flick has quite a premise actually with a rock band attempting to make a comeback after a fire stunt killed a fan (think Whitesnake a few years back). Suddenly, yet another groupie works her way on the busÖand people start to die! I dig the idea here. If done right, this could have been Almost Famous meets Cape Fear. It doesn't. Instead it takes the cheap way out on every turn. Overall, Groupie has about everything you could want. It has a lot of nude women, lots of murder and mayhem, and plenty of rock and roll. However, there isnít much else. Thereís no mystery because we know which groupie is the bad one immediately. We know who will live until the end. Most of the murders are quite basic and lame in terms of a horror movie (minus a good old electrocution). The band (The Dark Knights) looks convincing on stage and lead singer Hal Ozsan plays the hurting rock star well, but I can't say the same for Taryn Manning. She's just not very good here, neither convincing as a killer nor all that sexy as a groupie. And Eric Roberts, well, I'm guessing he needed the paycheck.

Anyway, so back to my Lester point. With a director who knows what makes a good flick, why is he wasting his time and mine on a movie that doesnít provide any suspense nor real gore? Got me.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.

Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Surround.
The Extras
Behind the Scenes: A brief collection of interviews with the cast and crew and shots of the making of the movie. Nothing real special nor revealed here.
Last Call
The title of Groupie really says it all. A bad groupie who is out to kill the bad. Good premise, lousy and lazy execution. Watch it is youíre desperate for something new and you canít pay your Netflix subscription.
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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