Seven college students visit a secluded vacation home to celebrate graduation and become trapped in a deadly game by a mysterious killer. Forced to kill one another by 6 A.M. the following morning, only one of them can rem... more »ain alive. Whoever remains will be allowed to walk away with his or her life. However, if morning comes and more than one are still breathing, everyone dies. Friends and couples must test their trust, as the clock ticks away. Some will fight for love, some to survive; but all will change, because deep down...we're all killers.« less
Nicole W. (sterju3) from SCRANTON, PA Reviewed on 5/26/2010...
I have started off the new horrorfest movies with kill theory..ehhh it was ok..I have seen this all before just with different actors..I think it borrowed from Battle Royale and fell very short..The old kill or be killed premise. Some ok kills, acting wasn't that bad, but I really wasn't that interested. I hope the others are better.
I SHOULD BE ASHAMED......
Robert F. Powers | Quincy, Ma USA | 05/03/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
".....that I liked this movie but I did and it was fun while I watched it but sort of evaporates after it's over. It's like Saw but with college kids. The story is a theory of a madman that a group of people when trapped and given an ultimatum that only one of the group will live to be set free and the friends will have to kill each other. And they do, including one guy who's head is pulverized to a bloody pulp by a shovel.
Naturally the friends are in a house miles from the closest town, land-lines and cell-phones don't work but the movie has some clever twists including the friends growing paranoia towards the next one and a few are dispatched by the madman when they attempt to escape. The movie entertains and has some gross but not over-the-top gross kills and is worth a rental-and for someone named Jason out there in Amazonland there are some howlers including Hollywood style shemanigans with a 9MM handgun.
As a gun-owner I know that certain safety rules apply when holding a pistol but there are some hi-jinks with the loaded gun that in the real world would lead to certain injury or death to one of them, and holding the gun with your finger on the trigger while pointing it at an adversary is a Hollywood and tv fiction. You only point a gun at something you intend to destroy. Don't mean to preach but it irks me when I see this."
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 03/30/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'm actually kind of surprised by all the positive reviews that Kill Theory has garnered. This was one of the main attractions for me when first checking out this year's After Dark Horrorfest lineup, and the end result is basically a cross between Saw and slasher conventions. A group of college grads (among them horror vet hottie Agnes Bruckner and Sons of Anarchy's Theo Rossi) become the targets of a killer (Kevin Gage) who proceeds to turn them all against each other in an effort to survive until just one is left standing. In between all that is some atrocious acting and average makeup effects, but what saves Kill Theory from being complete horror rubbish are the decent amount of twists towards the end of the film. Those alone make Kill Theory worth a look, but all in all, you're not really missing much here."
A lot better than I expected
J. Yoon | California, USA | 06/14/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a bit doubtful about this movie. I purchased it on a whim, because I enjoy horror movies and the plot seemed interesting. However, upon reading some of the reviews I regretted my decision. To my surprise, I enjoyed most of the movie.
THE AWESOME The setting was a perfect choice, as were the props. THE GOOD The actors were fairly talented, most of them with experience in other shows and movies. I was also surprised by how attractive they were. The plot was also decent, and I was honestly surprised by who the survivor was, and how they became so. THE BAD Those that haven't read the synopsis would probably find it somewhat confusing. Since I did, I understand the beginning pretty well, but my family found it a bit confusing.
There wasn't anything too horrible, or I'm sure that I would've rated lower. The reason that I gave it a 4 was because while there was no one thing that was super horrible, there were a few things that added up. For example, I felt that considering that the climax, and much of the story was strong, the ending seemed to lack the closure that any ending should have.
Overall, I give this movie a grade of a B+/A- (88-90%). Any horror movie fans would enjoy this movie."
Is There Evidence to Support it?
Chris Pandolfi | Los Angeles, CA | 04/19/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It begins with a vanload of college kids driving down a lone road in the middle of the woods. They all begin that way, don't they? But wait, it gets even better. They arrive at a summer lake house, which just happens to be located at least fifty miles from the nearest police or fire station, and they immediately find all the booze. After a night of drinking and partying and more drinking, most of them go off and have sex. The only exception is the one guy whose lack of experience in the girlfriend department is in direct proportion to his extra weight. He's left to play video games all by himself, the poor guy. What's worse, he has to watch as two of his friends get hot and heavy directly outside his window.
Anyway, at around three in the morning, an unseen madman descends on the house and forces the kids to participate in a social experiment. The hypothesis: One of them is capable of killing everyone else in order to survive. If more than one is left alive by 6:00 am, the madman makes it clear that everyone will die.
The college kids aren't allowed to leave the house, and anyone that tries will either be killed on the spot or fall victim to a booby trap. They all must take part in this. As the three hours pass, paranoia, distrust, and resentment grow amongst the college kids. Old wounds open. Feelings, both good and bad (mostly bad), arise. Some think they have made alliances, but in reality, they all have to fend for themselves. Why are they being put through this? What lesson is this madman trying to teach? Why is he teaching it?
I thought the idea of subjecting people to dangerous mind games had been exhausted with the "Saw" films, but I guess I was wrong. In all likelihood, "Kill Theory" will appease many horror audiences, seeing as it gives them everything they want. Young victims. Topless girls. Bad dialogue. A lot of swearing. A plot that pretends to make a point but is really just a vehicle for gory death scenes. If this is your cup of tea, fine, but I seriously doubt there's anything in this movie you can't get from other slashers. I take that back; this movie does not supply the madman with a mask. For the most part, he remains off screen and lets the college kids do most of the dirty work.
Anyone can make a case for how movies like this are ugly, cruel, and mindless, but the real problem here is that "Kill Theory" just isn't trying very hard. There isn't much originality in its story, its characters, or its structure, inspired by every slasher film made between 1980 and now, many of which were rehashes from the word go. There's not a single likeable or interesting person amongst the eight college kids - not even Freddy, the overweight guy (Daniel Franzese), introduced as the pathetic nice guy but in due time devolves into the wigged out lunatic that cries a lot. From the filmmaker's point of view, he's just a figure of fun, made to be laughed at more than sympathized with. I can't say I appreciate that. Even with the occasional corny joke, this really isn't a funny film.
What saves "Kill Theory" from utter pointlessness is its development of the killer, who isn't really seen but is sometimes heard. He's played by Kevin Gage as a cross between Jigsaw, Ghost Face, and the late Don LaFontaine, otherwise known as the guy who used to narrate all the movie trailers. Just wait until you hear him deliver the line, "Deep down, we're all killers." I leave it to you to discover what drives his character. I will say that it was revealed rather cleverly, in a way that proves horror movie plot twists still have their place.
But on the whole, this is a cliché, tiresome film, made worse by a story we can't actively engage in. How can we when the whole thing is so preposterous? More to the point, how can we when there isn't a character we can actually invest in? Franzese, Teddy Dunn, Ryanne Duzich, Patrick Fleuger, Steffi Wickens, Taryn Manning, Theo Rossi, and Agnes Bruckner show spirit in trying to make something of the screenplay, but it doesn't count for much since director Chris Moore and writer Kelly C. Palmer had to make something of the roles first. They perform as best they can, which is admirable but also futile; their characters are required to do no more or less than die on cue, and that hardly requires any range.
I've admitted numerous times that I've grown tired of the slasher genre, so I guess my not liking "Kill Theory" was inevitable. If you're not like me, however, then chances are you will enjoy it. As I said, it gives you everything you could possibly want. This definitely includes the horrifying discovery that not only are cell phones useless in the woods, but also that the phone line in the house has been severed. Funny - I would have thought the filmmakers would go one step further and have the whole thing take place in the middle of a rainstorm. If you're going to rely on clichés, you might as well go all the way."
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 03/29/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A talented cast, coherent if derivative script and some moral dilemmas elevate KILL THEORY to the best Horrorfest IV entry I've seen so far (have 2 more to catch). This slasher throws 8 people together and a killer who plans to kill them all unless they kill each other. There are some tense moments and good performances especially from Agnes Bruckner and Patrick Fleugel. A nice twist at the end too."