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The Tattooist
The Tattooist
Actors: Jason Behr, Mia Blake, David Fane, Robbie Magasiva, Caroline Cheong
Director: Peter Burger
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2008     1hr 32min

A tattooist unwittingly unleashes a forcible deadly spirit through an ancient Samoan tattoo tool. Now marked for death he will need to uncover the source of the evil in order to save his new love and recover his own soul.


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Actors: Jason Behr, Mia Blake, David Fane, Robbie Magasiva, Caroline Cheong
Director: Peter Burger
Creators: Daniel Yun, James Dean, Julie Christie, Ng San San, Paul Davis, Jonathan King, Matthew Grainger
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Elizabeth R. (escr) from URBANA, IL
Reviewed on 1/17/2012...
I heartily agree with the reviews above. Very unique take on a horror film. I really enjoyed being immersed in the Samoan and tattoo cultures, both of which I knew very little about. Definitely worth seeing!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Melissa B. (rxrcds)
Reviewed on 11/6/2008...
This was a great paranormal thriller/horror film. Very similar in nature to J-Horror haunting films. The Tattooist involves a fairly self centered tattoo artist who steals a piece of tattoo equipment that turn out to be cursed/haunted. There is some great build up with the soundtrack and tattoo noise indicating the spirit is near(tapping). I liked that for the most part the gruesome killings involved the spilling of more ink than blood (definitely a neat concept). The young boy who can see/talk to spirits was fabulously creepy in a thug sort of way. It was also good to see the main character try do the right thing in the end, even though his motives weren't really altruistic (just to get the girl).
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Loved this movie
Jean | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 06/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brilliant film. Excellent plot. Great mix of the ancient rich and diverse Samoan culture, being threatened by modern day pop influences of hip-hop, colliding with tattoo symbolism and unjust shame turned avenging evil spirit. Loved the concept of equal parts suspense murder mystery and horror genre (great horror death in hospital). Loved the concept of strong arm, weak arm for Jake (Jason Behr). Loved the concept of healing tattoos. Brilliant performances by Jason Behr and an exceptionally wonderful New Zealand supporting cast. The shot of Jake's full back art (done in strong symbols), pulling away to reveal Sina's full back art (evil spirit's tattoo turned into tree of life) is stunningly beautiful. I really loved this movie even though I'm not into horror and don't have a single tattoo. I'm not sure how tiny New Zealand manages to put out so many great movies."
Outstanding, particularly for fans of Polynesia
The Tao of Netflix | Washington, DC | 06/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was an interesting movie. An American tattoo artist finds himself intrigued by the Somoan art of tattoing, and along the way finds himself, and his tattooed customers, the grim focus of a spiteful spirit. I highly enjoyed this movie, but must caveat that I'm completely enthralled by all things Polynesia, so I am probably very forgiving of any negative elements of the movie. Polynesia notwithstanding, the story was creative, and certainly a break from normal American horror fare. Good (enough) acting, strong production values and interesting scenery make this a highly recommended film."