Skip it and move on . . .
Michael C. Mash | philadelphia, pa usa | 10/13/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I honestly couldn't get through this movie. I had a chance to sneek peek it - and quite honestly - it just sucked. Wasting 45 minutes was enough to just skip the ending and move on. Now understand that if there is only 2 or 3 great scenes in a movie - I will keep it for the sake of my collection. But this s**t was just boring. I even opted for the original language version - russian, I believe - but it still failed. The acting wasn't so bad I guess, but the story was pretty much non existent. I would say that any of these movies, be it ghost house underground, afterdark horrorfest, masters of horror - are all $5 movies and spending anything more is foolish even if you enjoy em. My advice it to rent - although I haven't rented in about 10 years!"
There's very little light at the end of this tunnel
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 10/07/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Remember the first generation of Russian rock `n' roll bands and how dreadfully awful they all were? I have the same sort of reaction to Trackman. The Russians are trying, by gum, but they seemingly have no idea what they're doing. The result, at least in this case, is a horror film that disappoints on just about every level. Ghost House Underground has released some pretty good independent horror films, but Trackman isn't one of them. This stinker from Russian director Igor Shavlak just flops around like a fish out of water throughout its entire eighty minute run-time. No suspense, no frights, and no entertainment value.
There isn't a great deal of story to be found here. A team of bank robbers disappear into a maze of underground tunnels to meet up with a co-conspirator and make their escape. Their plans for the "perfect crime" went awry during the actual robbery, so they have a trio of hostages in tow with them as they begin to make their way through the tunnels. Things start to break down when the other guy never shows up, introducing suspicions of a double-cross into an already turbulent group dynamic. To make matters worse, no one in the group knows the way out. That becomes an even bigger problem when a mysterious stranger who wears a gas mask and goggles, loves flourishing his trusty pickaxe (but also has an affinity with flamethrowers), and sports a pretty impressive collection of human eyeballs.
The only real difference between Trackman and a long list of underachieving American horror films is that this one is badly dubbed in English. As others have said, there's no originality in play here, the characters aren't very interesting or likeable, and there's almost no tension or suspense as to everything that takes place. In other words, Trackman is a boring slasher film, and that's really all there is to it."
A Russian slasher that doesn't have much going for it
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 10/23/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"One thing that the recent Ghost House Underground label isn't afraid to dabble in are foreign horror films, including the ghastly Italian flick The Last House in the Woods, as well as this Russian slasher import, Trackman. Trackman begins with a bank robbery gone awry, and the crooks with a few hostages in tow escaping into the underground. With some inner-tension within the group of criminals, things get even worse when they realize that they are being stalked by a lumbering, gas-mask wearing killer who wields such weapons as a pick-axe and flamethrower, and enjoys collecting the eyes of his victims. What Trackman lacks in originality and story it makes up for with some nicely shot moments and gloomy atmosphere. Other than that though, Trackman doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before, or anything remotely original for that matter. Not to mention that for an 80 minute film, it somehow manages to plod along for most of the running time. Still though, Trackman isn't horrible, and is worth a look for slasher fans, just make sure you don't watch it with the atrocious dubbing."