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Year of Release: 2010
Theatrical Release Date:
October 9, 2010

Director: John V. Soto
Writing Credits:
Anthony Egan, John V. Soto
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Run Time:
90 mins.
Studio: Filmscope Entertainment

Cast: Tracis Fimmel, Jane Badler, Trilby Glover

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Summary: A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at Saint Mary's College.

Reviewer Film Ratings:
Plot: 3 | Fun Factor: 2 | Gore: 2 | Nudity: 1 | Scare Factor: 1.5 | Overall: 2.5/5

Feels Like 90's Horror
Reviewed by Xander_Kane

Needle has an Interesting premise involving an 18th century object that creates supernatural occurrences in order to kill people. The box itself is ornate and has a great look to it. It operates by putting in a photo of someone then inserting wax into a specific hole to create a wax Voodoo doll, of sorts. Whoever is using the object now can kill you via inflicting damage to the wax voodoo doll. Sound interesting to you yet? It is not really written in the synapses that I read, so I figured I would let you know now.

The first couple of kills we get are pretty much cut and paste. They are almost the exact same kill. These kills do have plenty of blood, but that's it. Not till the end of the film do we get a different approach to killing. Having this wax doll kind of leaves the kills being predictable which made for a real bummer. Because of this I lost focus of the movie and my mind began to wander. That is usually never a good sign. I kept checking Twitter, which is my equivalent of someone looking at their watch constantly during a movie. Eventually I regained focus and became interested in the movie again.

The story and cast of characters really felt like it was from the 90's era of horror even though it was filmed in 2010. A group of college kids go poking around where their noses do not belong and it gets them in trouble. Cue blood and hot girls kissing each other. At least the DVD cover art didn't have the characters faces on it like all 90's horror did. One thing I did like was that before the characters died there was an added element of question. For instance, before one of the students gets killed, he is jogging at the track and when he passes the stadium lights they burst one by one. Next thing you know is the power is out all around the jogger. It's effective in setting a mildly creepy moment. This is never really explained but it was a nice twist on things.

Somehow, the end the film manages to actually turn out decent. Two great kills involving loss of vision and another disabling use of one’s arms. When you watch it you will see what I am talking about. Throw this movie in your DVD rental queue and when it gets to you, watch it on a rainy day.

Reviewer Film Ratings:
Plot: 3 | Fun Factor: 1.5 | Gore: 2 | Nudity: 1 | Scare Factor: 1.5 | Overall: 2/5

I will need a needle to sit through this again
Reviewed by Xander_Kane

In John V. Soto’s Needle, a killer uses an 18th century box with extraordinary and deathly powers to rein havoc on a group of friends at Saint Mary’s College. The box is the size of a jewelry case and when a picture of someone is put into a secret slot, a wax figure of the person is created to where the killer can stick pins, break off limbs and just make life miserable for the person the figure represents.

We get introduced to the box when student Ben Rutherford inherits the relic from his recently deceased father. But before you can say, “Oh my god, I am bored”, the device is stolen and soon an unidentified killer begins to use the machine on Ben’s group of friends leaving them butchered, blind and bleeding with nothing more than a few pin pricks.

Ben (Michael Dorman) and his brother Marcus (Travis Fimmel) figure out the sinister nature of the device and begin a search for the killer while attempting to warn their friends of their impending deadhood.

Needle is a get-in-line movie. It got in line with stereotypical characters, a half-descent story that fails to execute on the premise and a bunch of forgettable characters and situations leading up to their eventual demise. And the story of the sins of the father coming back to haunt the children was just…well – stupid.

This is ok if you don’t aspire to be anything more than another horror film entry with above average DVD cover art. But Needle drops the ball by taking the fun out of the idea. And the ending which reveals to us the evil Wizard behind the curtain, was poorly played and filled with a bunch of ‘now why would they do that’ situations and discussions.

I really wanted to like Needle. I sure as hell want the device that was used in the film (I have a neighbor that might find himself with a few less limbs if I had the opportunity). But throughout the running time, I was just bored. The kills were ok (we loved the hand coming off), but we recognize that within a week, this film will find itself into the recesses of the brain where you can’t distinguish this title from any of the other horror-of-the-week type entries.

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