Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Nick Searcy, Jack Huston, Pell James
Director: Graeme Whifler
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
It seemed like the perfect neighborhood, at least thats what Bob and Wendi Petersen thought, before they met their new neighbor... But behind every perfect neighborhood, there hides a dark secret. On Wormwood Drive that ... more »
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One of the Most Disturbing, Sick, Original Horror Films In Y
CWeidner | 02/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was at the New York City Horror Film Festival to support my short film "Newlybleds" and while there had the chance to see this film screened under its original title "Neighborhood Watch." Let me just say that it made a very lasting impression. I squirmed in my seat and laughed out loud to hold back the horror as the strikingly authentic gore was unleashed time and time again.
One guy even fainted in the middle of the movie and had to be carried out.
Anyway, gore aside...the acting is great and the actors are first rate for a film that had such a limited budget.
My favorite memory is as the credits rolled and the lights came up, my friend looked over at me and said "That was the most disturbing film I have ever seen." Little did we know the producer for the "Deadly End" was sitting behind us and laughed saying "You just made my night."
Take a chance. Bring a vomit bag. This film will make your night."
Suburban Horror Stories
Greg Goodsell | Bakersfield, CA United States | 04/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hurricane fences. Lawns gone fallow. Abandoned cars. Rubbish strewn vacant lots. Boxes full of cheap trinkets. Street after street of identical tract homes. Wood paneling. Indifferent receptionists. Retirees waiting to die. Irritable neighbors. Unpainted drywall. Flickering fluorescent lights. Cheap linoleum floors. Nothing on TV ...
Deadly End, when it went under the name of Neighborhood Watch while on the film festival circuit generated an intriguing buzz. Some found it the most disturbing film, ever. Still other viewers likened it to the works of David Lynch. There were even audience members who actively disliked the film, calling it "tedious and unwatchable."
The story is no great shakes. Bob (Jack Huston) is a young British yuppie out to carve a niche for himself in corporate America who lands a job in Nowheresville, California. His cheerful American bride Wendi (Pell James) is along for the ride, and blinded by new and exciting possibilities, the couple moves into a distressed suburban hellhole. The people in the surrounding area appear to be less than ideal. The elderly couple across the way seems to be in the final stages of dementia, and their overly enthusiastic next-door neighbor Adrien (reliable character actor Nick Searcy) showers the newlyweds with booby-trapped gifts. Flower arrangements composed of sprigs of poison oak and chocolates laced with horse laxatives send our lovebirds to the hospital emergency room, and a war of wills ensues.
Deadly End has several implausibility issues. The police force in the film waives away the many complaints filed against Adrien due to his father being the mayor, in spite of all the ensuing mayhem. Our couple seems more than a bit naïve as well. It's perplexing why they just don't flee the area and check into a local Motel 6.
What Deadly End has going for it in spades is a suffocating, soul-crushing atmosphere of ennui and despair. One doesn't need a haunted house, an isolated stretch of countryside or threatening urban setting as a setting of horror; one only has to look at the long stretches of housing thrown up overnight to accommodate an influx of ready labor that has fallen into ruin just as quickly. Deadly End makes many pointed observations about the American ideal of home and safety, and just how fragile popular hopes and expectations can be dashed against broken concrete sidewalks.
Deadly End has a slow, leisurely pace - but be forewarned that the ending is just as graphic and gross as anything Takashi Miike can dish out. It's not a film for the squeamish, and is definitely not for children. While Deadly End can be recommended as a solid rental over the dross of countless other horror titles vying for shelf space at the local Blockbuster, this reviewer suspects its cult appeal will be limited to those who can appreciate its depiction of a surreal, hellish landscape that can be readily viewed out of any back window.
I watched this alone and I'm glad I did
Music Lover in Omaha | Omaha, Ne | 02/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I rented this just because I didn't see anything else that looked interesting and I was in a hurry. Also, I watched it alone due to an aversion to violence on the part of my viewing partner. I'm glad I watched it alone so no one could see me cringing like a little girl. The special effects at the end of this film were simply awesome. I was astonished and repulsed by what I was seeing and it was great. This is not your typical teen slasher movie. This had some real horror to the point of being downright scary. It didn't hurt to have terrific performances by the entire cast and that goes right down to the attendees of the neighborhood watch meeting. The little old lady who wanted desserts was great in her role. This film is not for everyone, but if you like some gore and some terror without any explicit sex, this might be for you. I was kind of disapointed at one thing though. I thought the woman at Zeecor would have more of a role in the film. She was good in her part, but I thought for sure she was going to seduce someone. There's not a lot of action in this film or any over the top cheap scares, just a solid effort of building to a fine and gruesome climax."
Fairly disturbing? Yeah... Enjoyable? Uhhhh...
D. Wilson | NY by way of Cali | 03/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Here's a scenario from Deadly End that should tell you right away if this is the type of movie you really want to watch or not... a man uses his finger to have sex with an open wound on his stomach while repeatedly stabbing himself in the privates with a syringe(which of course brings him great pleasure). I CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP PEOPLE! Deadly End tells the tale of Wendy and Bob Peterson and their neighbor from Hell, Adrian Trumbull. Adrian welcomes them to the neighborhood with all sorts of devious tricks(that oddly enough would have fit just as well in a Home Alone movie) such as a boquet of poison oak and chocolates filled with laxitives(!?). Things get much darker and bring far more serious consequences when the Petersons confront him about his recent "gifts"... hijinx ensue! Deadly End is a pretty methodical horror/thriller that every once in awhile tosses in a moment of complete over the top madness like the one mentioned at the top of the review. The end result is a mixed bag that does more right due to solid performances(including Nick Searcy giving an inspired performance as Trumbull) and a finale that should churn the stomach of even the most hardened horror fans(and done with some of the best low budget effects I've ever seen). One major knock on the film would have to be the near constant need for suspension of disbelief... don't get me wrong, in horror movies this isn't uncommon(or really movies in general) but in a film like this that plans to deliver much of it's impact by making the viewer feel like "this could happen anywhere,maybe even to me," a few less moments of unbelievability wouldn't have hurt. Although the movie is basically just a sleazy, low budget version of the 1990 thriller Pacific Heights(starring Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith and Mathew Modine) it's far from the worst direct-to-DVD fear flick on the shelf(in fact it's one of the better). Highly recommended for those into the more morbid and extreme horror(and you know who you are LOL!), all else should read the opening statement at the top of the review again before searching this out."