Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dead Man's Hand: Casino of the Damned (2007)

He he he.  Obviously just looking at this box would clue you into the fact that this movie is bound to be silly as hell.  And that it was.

The two headliners of this movie are actually barely in it.  But obviously they needed some sort of pull to get anyone to watch this nonsense.  In fact, that's how I got my grubby paws on it....by searching for movies starring Sid Haig.

Dead Man's Hand is the story of a 20-something guy who inherits a casino from his great uncle.  Apparently he's the nearest living relative.  He and a motley crew of buddies trek out to Vegas to check out the place.  It's the type of group you would expect: cute couple trying to make a life for themselves, stoner, cute nerdy girl, internet model and her skeezy boyfriend. 

Obviously the casino has been closed for years and is totally nasty.  But the kids have big dreams of remodeling the place and making it popular again.  Good luck with that.  While drinking beer and investigating, they stumble upon a mystery.  Apparently, years ago, there was a shootout at the casino where two prominent mobsters and a few employees were killed.  As you would expect, the dead mobsters (Sid Haig and Michael Berryman, natch) are back for revengeeeee.  It's unclear what they want, although they do mention the uncle's hidden treasure quite often.  As they are deceased, I'm confused as to how they would spend said treasure.

In addition to the mobster ghosts, there's a blackjack ghost, a roulette ghost, and a slutty slot girl ghost.  One by one, these ghosts pick off the friends sleeping throughout the casino.  It's pretty apparent from one look at this movie that it was going to be totally lame and silly.  But I did promise my fiance I would find him a horror movie that involved casinos.  Mission accomplished ;o)

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