Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Eight friends are pals on the popular internet social network, Facespace (original, I know). Of course, one of them is an effects artist who likes to create games for the group of friends, until people start dying.
Is it good movie?
Yeeeah, some people might dig this more than I did. Cashing in on the 'no one talks to each other in person because they can type on some sort of screen' phase we're all deeply rooted in, Imurders tries hard to integrate some gore with stupid social networking. And would you believe the first murder comes when someone leaves the chartroom and no longer wants to participate?
I must tell you, if this were a tongue-in-cheek slasher, I would likely have laughed my ass off and enjoyed the hell out of it. Instead, this one takes itself a little more seriously and thus really drags on. It's so strange that they managed to dig up Billy Dee Williams and get some other decent folks like Charles Durning, William Forsythe and even Tony Todd to do this movie. They must have owed some favors. And hey, even Harry Manfredini does the score for this film! Unfortunately for him, I felt his score didn't fit very well and caused a bunch of predictable music cues that derailed things a little bit.
The murders aren't even really that impressive, relying more on music video quick-cutting than gore. I mean, the story is written fairly well but even though it breeds familiarity within us, that doesn't mean that the movie is really entertaining. I guess I'm of two minds here- I just felt that this movie should have been made differently. If you like your cyberspace murder movies to be serious, then this one is for you. I guess I just felt that the movie had a weird shifting sort of tone that didn't enthrall me. It felt long, drawn out, and just lame in places.
I think I might be in the minority when I say this movie didn't rock my socks. I thought it was okay, sporting a good cast and a relatively good theme. I suppose the internet might disagree though. Stupid internet, I should go out there and kill the jerks who don't like what I say! Hey, that's a movie idea! Oh, wait..
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and looks okay, nothing special.
Audio is Dolby Surround 2.0, yeah, that's right, 2.0! Again, pretty bland. No 5.1 support is disappointing.
First up is a 30 second alternate ending that didn't really do much for me.
The only real feature here is the Q and A with Cast and Crew , it runs less than 20 minutes and gives a fair amount of insight into how this film came to be, and features interviews with all of the important people who paid for and made this film. A lot of glad handing, but what else is new? I loved that Forsythe came off like a british gentleman.
Also, a trailer.
I was pumped to watch this because I'd heard it was great. The cast is good, the movie was sort of take it or leave it. Imurders isn't terrible, but it's not very exciting and fell sort of flat for me. You might love it, but I thought it was only okay.