— by ROBERT DeFEIS —
Brittany Murphy plays the role of Alice in this film, a women traveling to a Victorian type of house with her best friend, Lucy (Thora Birch), to finish her screenplay before her fast-approaching deadline. Shortly after her arrival, mysterious noises and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a twisting and terrifying pursuit to find out what is behind the endless mind games. Frightened but intrigued, Alice gathers the courage to go the attic where she finds a shoebox filled with mini-dv tapes. The terrifying secret that lies within the tapes will unravel Alice’s dark past.
I really enjoy a film with a plot like this. It’s almost like a fun little ride where the movie just takes your imagination. But, unfortunate as it may be, these clips (via Trailer Addict) prove otherwise as they are filled with obvious situations and some fairly bad acting, especially in the second clip.
The first clip shows Alice (Murphy) waking up as she hears the bathtub running and, oddly enough, when she gets there it’s overflowing, which actually made me laugh when I first saw it because they built it up quite a bit and it was just an overflowing tub. After she pulls the plug she heads back and sees her computer screen has some pretty strange writing on it.
The second clip shows Lucy (Birch) and David (Marc Blucas) arguing over Marc trying to get Lucy to come clean about her cheating ways. Lucy finally confesses after this dramatic scene and David doesn’t take it too well as he takes her into the bathroom and drowns her while videotaping the whole ordeal.
Overall, this film still has some hope and with Brittany Murphy as the lead, she just may pull out a good performance.
Sean McConville is the writer/directer of “Deadline,” which is now available on DVD.
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