13 Movies of Halloween Horror: #2 Nine Dead

CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL is in this movie!

(yes I chose the least flattering picture I could find of her from the movie)

So, as you can tell the 2nd movie of my 13 Halloween horror movies stars Melissa Joan Hart from my childhood fame (you read that right).  She is one of nine people kidnapped by a masked individual.  They are handcuffed in a Saw-esque room and are told to live they have to figure out what each of them have in common that resulted in their kidnapping.  Every ten minutes the masked man will return and will randomly kill one of them if they don't discover why they are there.

The premise was interesting and it was satisfying to a point.  This wasn't a gorefest like the Saw movies, but it failed to be as psychological as it wanted to be, resulting in a lukewarm movie.  About half of the actors were well cast and played their roles convincingly, including the child molester, accountant, loan shark/strip club owner and assistant district attorney (Clarissa).  The bad acting took away a lot from the movie especially the cop.  I'm naming their characteristics because none of the other actors were names/faces I recognized from anything else. The cop was familiar, in the way of, 'I've seen him in something before, he's that guy in that movie'.  I'm sure if I looked him up, I'd know something he was in.

The hook of the movie is watching them try and piece together how they are all connected and why their captor cares.  On this front it works, however some of the connections were pretty weak, while others are downright impossible for the captor to have discovered, which was a big drawback at the end.

At two points in the movie when the director wanted to show a lapse in time they show a car driving on an otherwise deserted road.  Two things about that 1) they never explain whose car that is or why it's important, and 2) it was the SAME FOOTAGE RECYCLED!!!

I hate it when movie makers get blatantly lazy, and expect the audience to simply roll along.

The more I think about the movie the less I like it, however during my viewing it was entertaining enough to keep me engrossed enough to want to know what each person had done and how they fit into the larger picture.  For that I rate the movie...

Oh wait I forgot to mention that in the listed credits was Daniel Baldwin, however has was literally in the movie for less than a minute and had 2-3 lines, and wasn't even one of the victims.  He just showed up, and was gone.  For that lack of respect to a Baldwin (even Daniel) I'm demoting this movie..

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