Saturday, April 9, 2011
Movie Review # 40 DIE-ner (Get It?) (2010)
Director: Patrick Horvath http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1767139/
Writer: Patrick Horvath http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1767139/
Joshua Grote http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3072715/
Parker Quinn http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1983705/
Liesel Kopp http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1380586/
Rotten Tomatoes: 17% Audience http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/die_ner/
IMDb: 5.2/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1260570/
Netflix: 2.1 Stars
DIE-ner (Get It?) is about as B-Film as you can get with out going over the edge to complete crap. I say that as a compliment to the movie. As it is short to the point and a connect the dot movie. It is also not a standard Zombie film in that the main antagonist seems bent on playing with zombies instead of killing them. Which is amusing for a while. It is just not the real meat and potatoes of the movie.
That would be his relationship with a couple who happen into the diner that he is in. So whats the story here? A serial killer comes into a diner kills the cook and waitress and then as he is wrapping up a couple shows up. Who are obviously fighting about marriage and are on rocky terms. So as the movie progresses the couple fall back in love. The psycho keeps being psycho and it is just the paint by numbers script for movies shot in a single location.
Never swaying, never really expanding it just follows along at a rapid pace. Which leads to predictability, annoyance and ultimately boredom as you feel insulted that the writer/director Patrick Horvath never really cared about his work. Outside of the actors doing a good job of acting. Even then thats a stretch as zombie close ups show them breathing or fidgeting before they are ultimately zombies. Which adds a bit of trash to the trash heap. It is these moments that just scream B-Film and ultimately what dooms this movie.
As it can not stand on its to legs. It tries to be a thriller, a comedy and a horror film. It is not a single one of them. As it is just a art piece that is heartless and with out any flavor or texture. Which is sad as there could have been a better movie here. Like a bad guy turning good or the couple turning bad and getting out. Instead we are left with such an unpleasing ending that it makes you ask "Why in the Hell did I watch this!?" As the credits start rolling at the end.
DIE-ner is a mess of a movie and one that is best forgotten or at the very least watched with fellow bad film fans and no one else. As the general populace will not enjoy it or find solace in the enjoyment of this movie. Just as my room mate put it "Michelle this movie SUCKED!" She could not have put it better for the general populace which this movie was not made for.
My Rating: 1.5/5 Stars