Kill Theory (2009) - After Dark Horrorfest 4

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 85 minutes - $19.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-04-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Chris Moore
Writer(s): Kelly Palmer (written by)
Cast: Ryanne Duzich, Teddy Dunn, Agnes Bruckner, Taryn Manning


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I understand that in 2010 odds are most films are going to be copying off of one another in some fashion. That being said, Kill Theory, the fourth in the After Dark Horrorfest 4 series, is literally a blatant rip-off of my favorite movie and series of all time; Saw. Not really the first one, but the second one. Kill Theory has an amazing premise yet the build-up to the finale falls woefully short and the characters act so stupid that thereís no way to believe their actions nor the killer in the flick.

The story starts off the usual way, as all horror films do, but announcing the cast of characters that odds are wonít make it through the night and are your typical stupid people that act as irrationally as possible as the night progresses. Amber (Ryanne Duzich), Brent (Teddy Dunn), Freddy (Daniel Franzese), Jennifer (Agnes Bruckner), Michael (Patrick Flueger), Nicole (Steff Wickens), Carlos (Theo Rossi), and Alex (Taryn Manning) are your cast for this evening although I bet maybe, just maybe, all but one might survive this horrific night of viewing the filmÖ I mean the night they have to survive against a rampaging killer.

The group meet at a cabin into which they decide to have one last night together before they all go off into the wild blue yonder they want to have a gigantic party to celebrate their friendship. However, during the night, a killer visits the cabin and kidnaps one of the group and kills her. He lets the rest of the group know through a camera that he left for them that either they kill one another by sunrise, or they all die in the house together. This forces something known as ďkill theory,Ē that if given the option people can be killers if they are forced to through natural or unnatural means. Yeah I took a few psychology classes, donít hate on me. Can the group stick together and save each other, or will they act stupid and kill one another until only one is left somewhat alive and bleeding to death?

Yeah, I gave away the ending slightly. Trust me; Iím saving you valuable time and money. The idea behind the film as I said before is quite entertaining but played out incredibly poorly. The kids (despite they are graduating college, act immature and like children) just donít appear to be intelligent, college graduates in any manner that would define their age throughout the movie. Heck, one of them even turns into a killer to save himself. Now, mind you, if a killer was loose in a group of friends, I would totally axe my friends to save myself, Iím not knocking that premise. Iím knocking down the fact that the movie is played out too poorly.

It takes the film literally 40 minutes to get going, and once it does, I stopped caring. I was able, as usual, to guess the order of which everyone died (and one person who manages to survive a giant bear trap, go figure) correctly within five minutes of the film actually starting. Taryn Manningís character sucks despite how decent of an actress she is, and the rest of the cast stumbles through their lines like they are doing this straight for a miserable paycheck. They act irrationally as possible in every possible situation and never bother to care when one goes missing or something happens to one another.

Iím all for films copying off of one another, but at least when you do it try to make the flick entertaining? Please?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Behind the Scenes (9 minutes): This incredibly short extra discusses the movie with some interviews from the cast and crew who talk about the movie. I didnít really find it that interesting, and the fact that the extra is so short doesnít really make this one worth viewing.

Deleted Scenes (8 minutes): The deleted scenes are presented in insanely poor quality and have that incredibly annoying timer on the bottom that runs the entire time. A few of these are worth watching although the commentary over them is quite annoying.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The movie takes place mostly in a dark atmosphere, which causes problems with this transfer right off the bat. Darkness levels are purely out of whack in some scenes, as despite the fact the backgrounds should be blackish they appear bluish. Plus, tack onto the fact that flesh tones didnít look proper and grain was in most scenes, this isnít the best transfer in the series. Of course though, that being said, thereís nothing else wrong with the film minus those few things I just noted. Then again, after writing that, I realized that yeah those are pretty big issues.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track has some oomph to it in terms of surround sound and dialogue levels, but not enough to warrant giving it a better rating. Dialogue levels sound decent although there were multiple scenes where I struggled to understand what the cast said due to the fact that they were whispering. I never had to really tweak my audio as much as I did with the other films, but the fact that I had to tweak it is still quite a problem. Surround sound is used a little bit, more so than the other films, yet again thereís not enough here though to warrant a higher rating. The kill scenes just didnít do it for me in terms of volume and believing that I was there witnessing the axe to the face.



.::OVERALL::.

You would think that since Kill Theory is a blatant rip-off of my favorite and best series ever, Saw, that my rating would be substantially higher. Instead, the movie pales in comparison and I found it to be quite tedious and boring to view. The technical package is ďmehĒ and with three lame extras thereís not much here to go on. You can safely pass on the theory that this is worth more than a rental. That means donít bother, for all you non-psychology majors.