Triloquist (2008)

Genre(s): Horror
Dimension Extreme || Unrated - 81 minutes - $19.98 || July 1, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-23


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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: Mark Jones
Writer(s): Mark Jones (written by)
Cast: Rocky Marquette, Paydin LoPachin, Katie Chonacas


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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One's a Doll. The Other's No Dummy.

I went into Triloquist with an open mind. Ive enjoyed all of the Child's Play movies (with the exception of Seed of Chucky) and have fond memories of watching Lebrechaun late at night as a young child. Now, itís been at least fifteen years since I saw Lebrechaun, so maybe itís just my nostalgia kicking in, but Triloquist is not that bad of a film.

Now, don't get me wrong, itís not a great film and not something I would put in my collection of horror films, but it was at least bearable unlike some of the other horror films Ive been forced to watch (Inside and One Missed Call come to mind).

Triloquist is a film about a Dummy named, well, Dummy (Bruce Weitz) and his "family" that consists of Angelica (Paydin LoPachin) and Norbert (Rocky Marquette). Angelica and Norbert's mother use to take Dummy out on the road and perform Ventriloquist acts but one night she commits suicide. Eventually the kids grow up and Angelica decides to take the act on the road starring Norbert and Dummy. Now, here's the kicker... the Dummy is ALIVE! Yep, and if you piss him or his family off he will kill you... off screen. Along the way to Vegas Angelica decided they need to carry on the legacy of the family so they kidnap young women so Norbert can rape her and get her pregnant.

Angelica is the smart one of the group and the Dummy appears to be "talking" for Norbert. In reality, Dummy is alive and while we don't see him physically move around (he does blink his eyes and such), he apparently kills a ton of people all of which we won't see. For some reason this horror film decided to go the Network Television approach where nearly all the violence is done off screen or shown through fast cuts. Why? I have no idea, but as a horror fan I'm pretty displeased with this.

The acting is all over the place. The Dummy has an incredibly annoying, whiny voice and never shuts up. At All. Almost every scene he just has to be talking and blinking his eyes so we know he is really alive and not being controlled by anyone. Norbert gives an incredibly bad performance as a young adult who pretends he is a Dummy with a dummy-like face, dummy-like clothes and he likes to dance around like an idiot. Angelica, however, gives an amazing performance which reminds me of Jess Weixler from Teeth (another Dimension Extreme film). Both seem to know they are in a bad film but still give it their all because this may be their big break. Hey, if you don't believe me just ask Kevin Bacon (Friday the 13th) and Johnny Depp (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Horror films can be break-out roles for young actors so this may be it. I was really impressed with Paydin LoPachin here and in a way reminded me of Sheri Moon Zombie's performance in The Devil's Rejects (as Baby).

The film suffers from some poor editing as well. Way too many times they go a bit slapstick on us with Angelica spinning in a circle to gain momentum to throw Dummy for saying something stupid. Of course the spinning is like when Superman changes from his civilian clothes into his Superman outfit which makes perfect sense to me. Then we have scenes where Norbert decides to "dance" and they speed up the film and add some goofy sound effects in as well.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not a single thing which is a shame because I'd like to know how the Dummy was actually controlled. Bummer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Triloquist is presented in 1.85:1. Surprisingly enough, this is a pretty good transfer. While there were a few instances of grain, the film looks great. Shocking for a Direct to DVD film.

Dimension has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. While dialog is clear, don't expect much from your rear speakers. Itís a decent track for a Direct to DVD film. Subtitles include English SDH and Spanish.



.::OVERALL::.

Triloquist is an easy film to skip. Besides Paydin LoPachin performance here itís not something I plan on every watching again. I'd recommend renting Child's Play instead if you really have an itch for a doll that kills.