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Unrest - After Dark Horror Fest
Unrest - After Dark Horror Fest
Actors: Corri English, Scot Davis, Joshua Alba, Jay Jablonski, Marisa Petroro
Director: Jason Todd Ipson
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2007     1hr 28min

Alison Blanchard begins her journey to become a physician in her Gross Anatomy class, where she must confront rows of cadavers and her own fear of mortality. When the sheets are drawn back revealing her cadaver, Alison sen...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Corri English, Scot Davis, Joshua Alba, Jay Jablonski, Marisa Petroro
Director: Jason Todd Ipson
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2007
Original Release Date: 08/28/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Derek B. from LINDSBORG, KS
Reviewed on 9/21/2011...
This movie wasn't the worst movie ever... it wasn't the best by any stretch either. This movie has a lot of very stupid lines like "rest in piece bitch!" that make the movie more laughable then there are some scenes that build up very nicely and are generally well done. Overall the movie isn't anything special but it isn't a bad movie either. If you get the chance to watch this one it's worth checking out.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah H. (psychogurl13) from CROSSVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 4/24/2009...
Very good suspense/thriller.
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Movie Reviews

Slow
Ron | Jersey | 04/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is the 5th After Dark movie I have seen so far and much like the others I think this would be a pretty good hour long story for Masters of Horror, but to stretch this one into an hour and a half movie just makes it boring. The opening scene is pretty good and I had high hopes for this one. The story is disjointed at times and just not that interesting. The acting is middling and there are not really any scares. It is interesting that they used real cadavers and I guess if you get grossed out by medical stuff, then this might be a little upsetting, but overall it was a weak film. If you don't have a good horror story to tell then you better throw buckets and blood and have lots of nudity. This doesn't have the story, the blood or the nudity."
All about the Atmosphere
John Upton | Connecticut | 04/27/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Alison Blanchard is a medical student who is beginning a course on Gross Anatomy. Unfortunately, there seems to be something wrong with the cadaver her group is assigned. The body is of a young woman who appears to have committed suicide due to the wounds on the corpse. The audience actually meets the young woman in the very beginning of the film as she stares at her reflection in a mirror with an unsettling intensity (fans of the game show "Deal or No Deal" will be startled to learn the young woman is played by the model Marissa who usually holds case #18). Alison seems to be the only one who notices something is wrong with the cadaver. She has a feeling something isn't right. This is the general tone of the film. Its all about atmosphere.

The movie is never really about what you see but what you don't see. There is always a tone of menace and dread. A scene early in the film summons it up nicely. Alison has to live alone in an abandoned part of the hospital the students train in due to financial aid complications. The lights activate by motion and immediately turn off when you leave a section. The camera moves along with Alison, who is framed by darknes before and behind her. There is a constant fear of something lurking in the dark around her and you clench up waiting for the motion activated lights to reveal some unspeakable nightmare. In this department, the movie gets it right. Too many films go for the gore and shock factor but forget to be suspenseful. Thumbs up to the filmakers.

Now, the reason the movie only gets 3 stars (maybe 3 1/2) is because there is never a payoff. I love suspense but suspense needs to be released. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. I am one of those few people who did not like "The Blair Witch Project". It was a great idea but I needed a sense of menace. Everyone was running around, reacting to things only they seemed to hear and see. If just once during that film the camera passed over a quick moving image in the distance, something to instill physical harm, I would have been hooked. This is the same with the Unrest. You'll get bodies (there is a storage tank filled with formaldehyde that almost becomes comical when every time it is opened it reveals another victim), you'll get an explaination (original but a little underdone), but never a "watch out for the killer" moment. It left me a little flat.

I recommend it as a rental. There are some creepy moments worth the time and I will definately keep my eyes out for any future endeavors from the film makers."
Un-intentionally boring!
Raj | USA | 05/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This was the first After Dark Horror Fest movie that I saw, and I must say that I was a disappointed after watching it.

Synopsis: The story is about a group of medical students who join "Gross Anatomy", one of them being Alison. She teams up with a group of three other students, Brian, Carlos and Rick. Their first assignment is to examine a cadaver of a young woman. However, Alison starts experiencing strange things from the moment she starts to cut upon the body. Little does she know that, whoever is in contact with the cadaver, die of mysterious circumstances.

Positive aspects:
1. I must admit, I found the initial plot of the story somewhat intriguing. It had a good potential to become something really suspenseful and thought provoking.

2. The actors also did a good job playing their roles. They can only do so much with the material they are given.

3. The movie focused more on the storyline rather than the gory details. While this wasn't such a wise move, it was good to see a movie rely more on the psychological aspect than the queasy details.

Negative aspects: Where do I begin? There were SO many plot holes in this movie, medical and otherwise, that made me lost interest in this movie. I divided them into 2 categories, because there are so many unexplained and unbelievable things that just don't make sense.

*NOTE: This Section contains spoilers so if you have not seen the movie, please don't read any further, unless you want to know how the movie ends*


Medical issues -

1. I am not a medical student, but its common sense that just a whiff of formaldehyde is dangerous, and if you do research on it, you will find out that a few drops in your eyes can make you permanently blind. Large dosage of it could put you in a coma, or worse, death. So I found it ridiculous that in the end, Alison was able to get her boyfriend out of the tank, open the glass top, throw her boyfriend out, and go back in to get the body, without anything happening to her.

2. Also, bodies are generally drained of blood before they are used for autopsies. So I don't understand how such large trails of blood came out of the bag when Alison was dragging it in the end. Even if you don't know anything about this medical aspect, its kind of silly that you don't see any blood coming out of the body throughout the movie when they initially examine it, and all of a sudden, it is coming in the end when Alison is dragging it.

I'm sure people practicing in this area can find out many other issues, but since I don't know much about it, this is what I was able to figure out from just watching it once.


Non-Medical -

1. Since when did the Aztecs come from Brazil?!? They lived in Mexico. The writers of this movie obviously did not do their research. This is probably the most ridiculous point that was repeatedly mentioned.

2. Okay, historical and medical reasons aside. Let's get to the film itself. I agree with building the suspense, but this movie was just building it the whole time without giving any explanations. For around 20 minutes of the whole movie, I think I only saw Alison walking in the corridors with the lights switching on and off and some Aztec chanting in the background. In the beginning this seemed spooky, but later it was just confusing. I don't think the director had any material for one and a half hours, so he had to put these unnecessary scenes to stretch it.

3. Furthermore, I thought the professor was already dead when Alison saw him in the examining room with a chainsaw in his hand. Now we don't see what happened to him, but in the end, he seems fine again. This did not make sense, because if the spirits spared his life, it should have spared the others as well. I mean, Carlos was just doing research in the library and he dies, whereas the professor disrespects the body by putting it in the tank again, and he only loses a leg? What's going on??

I think that if the storyline was a little more believable, this would have been a very interesting movie. It wasn't totally bad, but it wasn't that good either. All in all, I would say that you can rent this movie once, just out of curiosity, but unless you are a fan of the whole After Dark Horror Fest series, you can skip this one.
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