Year Released - 2009
Running Time - 100 minutes
Rated R (for graphic brutal horror violence and grisly images throughout, some strong sexuality, graphic nudity and language)
Directed by Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Ascension, & Legacy as well as The Prophecy 3 and White Noise 2)
Written by Todd Farmer (Jason X and The Messengers) and Zane Smith
*Based on the 1981 original screenplay John Beaird (Happy Birthday to Me) and Stephen Miller
Jensen Ackles (Alec from Dark Angel, C.J. from Dawson's Creek, Jason Teague from Smallville, and most recently Dean in Supernatural)
Jaime King (Sin City - and it's upcoming sequel, The Tripper, Pearl Harbor, Bullet Proof Monk)
Kerr Smith (Jack from Dawson's Creek - he is also in Final Destination)
Edi Gathegi (Laurent from Twilight)
Tom Atkins (The Fog - 1980, Escape from New York, Halloween III, Night of the Creeps)
Kevin Tighe (Frank from Roadhouse)
Rating: 2 Skulls
Haunted by the mining-related massacre that took place there on Valentine's Day a decade ago, Tom returns to his hometown to find some closure. But no sooner does he arrive than a pickax-wielding madman begins a new bloody killing spree. Now, many suspect that the murderous miner has returned to claim his final victims - including Tom.
I know that I am going to get flak from this one [what with my recent 5 Skull rating of The Unborn and all, but I would take that movie over this one, any day!]
To be fair though, I was never a fan of the original. In fact, I was actually excited over this re-make, thinking that perhaps they could turn a lack-luster film into a better version. Alas, I was wrong.
Granted, there were some great kills in this one, and the 3-D effects were top-notch [in fact, that is the only reason to see this film in the theatre] however, the story was chock full of unbelievability and just plain dull. [and I'm not even going to mention the so cliche ending!]
The only way that I would recommend this film is to see it in 3-D, in the theatre.
If your theatre isn't showing it in 3-D, then don't waste your money, like I did - I went out to the special 10:00pm show tonight, braving -12 degree weather I might add [remember, I'm from Florida!] and blew $12.00 [yes, I wasn't too happy that the local theatre charged extra for 3-D] :-(
Here's the trailer:
Even though I didn't like this one, like I said, it had some decent kills [even if they were CGI]
For the record, my favorite kill was the death by shovel, and my favorite 3-D moment was when the lower half of a jaw bone was ripped off and thrown "my way" [this included a nice spray of 3-D blood with it] :-)