Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dead Tone (2007)

I actually liked this movie.  It was a fun throwback to the 90s slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend.  The movie opens with a group of kids at a sleepover making prank phone calls.  It's all in good fun until the kids dial a recipient who is not too thrilled with their little game.  So upset, in fact, that he comes over and murders all of the adults in the house.

Fast forward 10 years later and a bunch of kids are having fun at college.  Finals are over, and a rich guy is planning a blowout bash at his secluded family mansion.  He invites "The Crew" (a group of friends) to come along, and they are more than happy to oblige.  They all take off for a weekend of booze, sex and fun times, not knowing what might await them.

Meanwhile, Detective John Criton (Rutger Hauer), unable to crack the original case, is searching for the now-adult survivors of the attack.  Lo and behold, a couple are dead, one is missing, and several are at the party as we freakin' speak.  The Crew shows up to the lavish abode, which is chock full of attractive, drunk twenty-somethings, and outfitted with video cameras throughout every inch of the house.

Stupidly enough, someone suggests that they play the exact game that got them all nearly killed in the first place.  Somewhat predictably, horny college lushes start getting hacked left and right.  The twist to this movie was actually pretty good and the deaths were pretty gory and fun.  This flick isn't reinventing the wheel but I found it to be a fun ride.