Friday, January 13, 2012

The Haunted Casino Review

When it comes to scary movies, let’s just say I have the worst luck. No matter what I do, no matter who I ask, I get to watch the worst of the worst more often then not. This year looks to be starting out to be just as bad as every other year, and even though I love Sid Haig, he once again lets me down…or rather let’s his fans down. This movie that I’m going to try to review is The Haunted Casino. The movie takes casino games to a deadly level, which is one of the standouts in the genre, if there is such a genre as casino horror.

The movie features an interesting ambiance, with some very spooky settings. I found that the idea of a haunted casino is not too unlike saw in a way, and while there are some great shots, that doesn’t make up for the follow through which has some of the worst acting I’ve seen in a long time. The main characters move through some interesting spots. The movie has a convoluted story line about a few friends that end up at a haunted casino and have to deal with some games of life and death.

If you liked saw, this movie is going to have some familiar moments, especially when life and death are on the line when playing some crazy Las Vegas style action. The gore levels and one liners from Sid Haig are definitely worth your time as this film has a solid rated R rating, assuming it was rated by the film board. You will see hands getting chopped off, first person camera angles of impalements, and Sid Haig throwing out more one liners than anything you’ve heard from the Nightmare on Elm Street Series.

The Haunted Casino is not the greatest of movies, and while I appreciate a good game of roulette in real life, I don’t find it as interesting when the lights are dim and someone’s going to die. I guess I’m a simple man with simple pleasures, but this movie might have found my limit point. I don’t recommend this film, even if it is packaged as another movie. If you’re a diehard Sid Haig fan, you’ll love this one, otherwise, you can pass this option.

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