Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Curse of the Black Dahlia|
Actors: Harvey Shane, Roy Werner, Meena Kumari, Laura Penn, Michelle Dominique
Director: Dan Goldman
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Had said curse struck, this film would never have been made,
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 12/20/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The Curse of the Black Dahlia (Dan Goldman, 2007)
Okay, first and foremost: the only reason you want to see this movie is because both the female leads, Kate Siegel (Towards Darkness) and Laura Penn (this is, to date, her only screen role), are smoking hot. So is most of the rest of the cast. They can't really act, but man, are they easy on the eyes-- more so than in any no-budget American horror flick I can think of in the past ten years. For that matter, more so than in any big-budget American horror flick I can think of in the past ten years.
The story revolves around a company that builds websites. One of the higher-up muckety-mucks, Karl (Pandemic's Austin Brooks), storms off one day, leaving his team to clean up a grand mess of his own design-- it seems he promised a big client they'd have a website a week earlier than he told anyone at the job. This means his team, with newly-minted project manager Jennifer (Siegel) at the helm, has to stay all night, if necessary, to get this website up and running. That's all well and good, except that, of course, it seems the building's haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, who was murdered on the very spot where the building stands today. (Did we mention this movie is pure fiction?) Needless to say, people start dying, and it's up to Jennifer to figure out whether there's a ghost on the loose or whether Karl has come back to get some vengeance on the company he so hates.
Did I mention this is a bad movie? I mean, really bad. Really, really undeniably awful in every possible way. Even the film stock seems to have degraded, which is pretty impressive for a movie that came out in 2007. The acting is atrocious, the direction is subpar, the lighting stinks, the sound is terrible, you name it, it's wrong with this movie. And really, even if all the technical problems had been resolved and it was a perfectly crisp hi-def movie, it would still be bad. But you'd be able to see all those gorgeous young stars that much better. And since they're the only reason to watch the movie, well, you can see where I'm going with this. So why should I write anything more? *
Not as bad as Lommel's version but still a stinker
Glamazonred | Los Angeles, CA | 11/29/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I mistakenly thought this was the new version by Ramzi Abed...but realized after five minutes I was wrong. Acting is pretty bad and effects laughable, but not gross like the Lommel piece.
Still not great. Even DePalma's version was less than expected. To date, the best Black Dahlia movie was the television film starring Lucie Arnaz in the late 70's. Now, that was a great one, if you can find it."