Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
A family reunion turns into a full-on massacre when a gang of masked killers invade a sprawling country mansion on a ruthless mission of murder. Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) are about to celebrate their wedding anniversary, and they've invited their grown-up children out to the country to share in the revelry. The first to arrive are Crispian (A.J. Bowen) and his new girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson). It isn't long before the rest of the family has filed in as well, and the party gets under way. Later, at the dinner table, old sibling rivalries begin to resurface and parental preferences quickly become apparent. Just as tensions begin to flare up, however, a crossbow arrow blasts through the glass window and panic sets in. The family is under attack. But who are the savage invaders donning eerie farm-animal masks, and what is their motive behind slaughtering everyone in the house? No one is safe as the blood starts to flow, but Erin is determined to see the ...
When Crispian is leaving and saying goodbye to Erin, in one shot their heads are nearly touching as they lean together. The shot then changes and their heads are far apart and Crispian is standing up straight, not leaning inward. See more »
[after Erin beats up Cat Mask]
Thanks for your help, by the way.
You seem to have a handle on it.
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The soundtrack credits consist entirely of three different recordings of "Looking for the Magic". See more »
After the initial screening at the Toronto International Film Festival some edits were made to tighten the first half hour, which included making the initial conversation shorter between the parents when they're in their vehicle. See more »
Honestly!! I'm pretty forgiving of the "slasher" genre and don't expect too much from it. I don't necessarily mind unknown actors who aren't the best, cheesy dialog, plot holes, fake looking blood/violence or terrible music scores. I don't even mind thin plots or lousy character development. But I DO need to see something - ANYTHING - in the movie that makes it worth while. Otherwise, what is the point of watching?
But when a movie comes along trying to be a serious horror flick and it has ALL of the above faults & possibly more, I draw the line. Nothing at all in this movie is good. It has terrible scripting, acting is appalling (apart from the Aussie girl who was actually doing her very best to save this with some OK but not brilliant acting - a futile effort) and the direction is amateurish. It felt like something a first year college student would do for their class project and then get ripped apart by a room full of fellow students as they collapsed in giggles at how bad it was. The "shaky hand-held camera shtick" has been done to death and to be honest was never a clever idea in the first place. But if you're going to use it you MUST know what you're doing and know how to do everything else so well that the shaky camera view doesn't just become irritating, hard to follow and pointless.
Directing and shooting a horror flick takes more than just having your actors run around screaming idiotically while you haphazardly wave a dodgy handy-cam in their general direction and hope you get something interesting actually in the frame. It needs more than some irritating characters who's only real 'character development' is to have them bickering & yelling badly scripted insults across each other, over some trivial lame disagreement during dinner. They need to be interesting characters, the audience need to have something to invest in them, even if it's only because they're sexy/attractive and/or likable and/or funny - which none of these people were. At times it felt as though the cast weren't even given a script but were told to make it up as they go along. That's fine for some shoe- string short film made by amateurs for youtube but it's ridiculous for a movie like this.
It does get better in the second half and I think the reason people are scoring it so highly is all down to the one character and actor who makes this dross just that little bit better. My advice, skip the first half, all you need to know is the family are coming to mum and dad's house for their anniversary and they argue a lot. Then the second half is just fun and mayhem.
I haven't seen the Korean original - I had no idea this was remake when I watched it, but I might track it down just to see what the movie was supposed to be like.
There are many movies out there with the same theme that are done so much better than this. Even the not-so-good ones are more worthy of your time and money.
PS just noticed this is also billed as a "comedy" - Perhaps the whole movie is badly sending itself up and I just missed the point LOL
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