9 Dead Review
Picking up yet another independent horror movie, I found another interesting piece with some interesting moments. While this movie was not the greatest ever, it did feature some quality moments, which made the genre that was started by the Saw sequels urgent and somewhat entertaining. 9 Dead is a movie that features all the best in horror and all the worst in horror all at the same time. You can call it whatever you want to call it, but this movie has an entertainment quality that reminds fans why they like the genre to begin with.
9 Dead is a movie that features a group of people that are put together in a room and should know why they are there. A sadistic killer is there and he’s asking them to figure out why, and as they go through the motions of trying to figure it out, complications arise and each one is killed off one, by one. As the movie progresses their intertwining stories start to come out and the puzzle pieces start to fit quite nicely over layers of flashbacks.
Melissa Joan Hart stars in this movie and she is out of place for the most part, she can’t carry the load of being in despair, although it is something that she tries really hard to convey overall. I found that her performance really pushed me far away from what I feel would’ve been a good overall horror movie. Her performance isn’t the only lackluster one, however you have to look past those things.
9 Dead has its moments, but it’s not going to be on any top 10 lists at all. The movie really falls flat in the end, and the way things are left just screams for something more. The movie passes through the motions that you’d expect from a thriller and right when you think that Jigsaw will appear, the credits roll and leaves you with a half a chub and a smartphone looking for Clarissa Explains it All on dvd. This is one that you’ll want to check out, but won’t necessarily be favorite by anyone outside of diehard horror fans. I liked it, but didn’t think it was the best of the “saw” clones.