I know who killed me

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  1. killit

    killit Active Member

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    Anyone else excited about this film? There is like no advance word on this one.
    And the premiere was canceled to sort of forseen events. This is personally and strangely one of my most anticipated films of all summer
     
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    Workshed A Barge Person

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    I'm pretty much burnt out on these "twist" movies, which is exactly what this film is promoting itself as. Even the poster says something like, "If you think you know the secret, THINK TWICE!"

    I mean, how many twists could this film have, right? Either it's really her twin, or she has amnesia, or she has some sort of Fight Club thing going on, or it's all a conspiracy for some reason, or any mixture of those. All of which are openly suggested in the trailer, so I don't consider it even a spoiler.

    I will give Lohan credit, though, she looks great in the trailer.

    Don't mean to rain on your parade, but ya asked.

    If it's a clone from the future, color me surprised.
     
  3. Xtro_13

    Xtro_13 Guest

    I may wait till it hit video. But then again I read the review of this movie on Fangoria. com and it does sound "interesting"...

    I KNOW WHO KILLED ME

    Reviewed by SEAN DECKER

    Sean sez…



    I KNOW WHO KILLED ME, director Chris Sivertson’s sophomore genre effort (following 2005’s yet-to-be-released festival darling THE LOST), is a sumptuous feast for the senses. The director, in conjunction with cinematographer John R. Leonetti and production designer Jerry Fleming, imbues the flick with what has become his patently unpredictable punk-rock signature, while at the same time drawing style-wise from such filmmaking greats as Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma and Dario Argento. Composer Joel McNeely’s score evokes Jerry Goldsmith’s compositions for 1992’s BASIC INSTINCT to an extent, and as in that film lifts the rather sordid narrative up, providing it a touch of class. The other production values are equally solid, and the end result is a deliberately paced flick which happily eschews “torture porn” for an almost whimsical tone (albeit the Grimm’s Fairy Tales variety), yet which is punctuated with bursts of cringe-inducing violence and intense sexuality.

    And yes, star Lindsay Lohan does indeed pole-dance in the film. She pole-dances a lot, and that alone is worth the price of admission.

    Written by debuting screenwriter Jeff Hammond and produced by FRIDAY THE 13TH series alumnus Frank Mancuso Jr., I KNOW WHO KILLED ME co-stars Neal (THE HITCHER) McDonough and Julia Ormond as Daniel and Susan Fleming, two parents who must come to terms with the aftermath of the abduction and torture of their daughter Aubrey (Lohan). Having turned up sans a right hand and leg after 17 days of captivity, Aubrey seems to have additionally suffered a psychotic break, and is adamant that her name isn’t Aubrey at all, but Dakota, an ex-gentleman’s club hostess with little memory of her abduction. This does much to confuse not only her grieving parents, but also a local FBI agent and psychologist (Garcelle Beauvais and Michael Adler, respectively) and Aubrey’s boyfriend (Brian Geraghty). Is Dakota who she says she is? Is she Aubrey’s doppelganger? If either or neither, then where is Aubrey? And what of Dakota’s stigmata (spontaneous and unexplained wounds), which seem to have increased in frequency?

    Sivertson languidly unspools I KNOW WHO KILLED ME’s narrative, teasing and enticing the audience as he reveals the characters’ backstories, and while the third-act narrative sags to an extent given the sheer amount of suspense it shoulders (as generated in the previous two), the finale remains quite satisfying. The director and his visual team bathe the film in deep blues and reds, a welcome departure from the dirty green, sodium-lit palette of similarly themed horror fare, and the end result is simply a beautiful, eye-popping visual treat, so stylized that one can’t help recalling Argento’s approach to SUSPIRIA. Other cinematic homages appear as well, from a DePalma-esque split screen to a nod to PSYCHO’s shower scene.

    Sivertson utilizes his locations to great effect, lending a sense of foreboding even to locales as postcard-perfect as the California coastal communities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, although it’s his handling of Lohan’s pole-dancing routine halfway through the film that truly smokes. Forget GRINDHOUSE’s Rose McGowan (2007’s other cinematic legless stripper); Lohan absolutely owns this setpiece, with great assist from Sivertson’s framing. You’d think perhaps the director has logged considerable time in a strip club himself.

    Performances are solid throughout, and although there are one or two flat line deliveries from Lohan (perhaps due to her personal issues during production) they are more than made up for by her entirely committed and hard-as-nails portrayal of Dakota (some of which is rather uncomfortable to watch, in light of her recent brushes with the law). Lohan and Ormond sell the strained possible mother/daughter dynamic as well, and the young actress and Geraghty make great use of the comedic aspect inherent in their relationship.

    As for the FX work on hand, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME received an R for not only “sexuality, nudity and language” (including amputee sex with Lohan) but for “grisly violence including torture and disturbing gory images,” which the feature delivers in spades without traveling down the road of such recent films as CAPTIVITY. The special makeup FX provided by David Dupuis are most impressive, particularly given that the film was lensed using the Panavision Genesis system, a format so sharp that many a visual trick would be unmasked. Not so here; shots linger and gore fills the frame to the point of causing audience squirms, whether due to the filmed deleterious effects of dry ice on naked flesh (you may want to look away) or the DIY approach to limb reattachment. The violence serves the script, however, and as edited by Lawrence Jordon, the action is a crisp, rhythmic waltz; no shaky-cam, MTV “what the hell is going on?” cuts here.

    See it.
     
  4. Xtro_13

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    I may wait till this hits video. But then again, according to fangoria.com

     
  5. Xtro_13

    Xtro_13 Guest

    so sorry for the double post.
     
  6. rxfiend

    rxfiend Joe Six-Pack

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    "including amputee sex with Lohan"

    WTF?!
     
  7. Xtro_13

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    That's what I thought when I read it
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  8. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    I don't dislike Lohan, in fact I think she's a fine actress, and this film doesn't sound uninteresting so I'll probably see it. It has a cool title, too :D
     
  9. DopeChamberX

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    Saw it last night and I really enjoyed it, but it felt like I was the only one. Pretty much the whole theater was in hysterics on the way out. I over heard people bitching about the end and how it was stupid or a downer. IDK, I liked it enough. It was a fairly original concept the whole movie, though it isn't too hard to figure anything out. The part with the dry ice, that the fango review mentions, totally had me squirming. Really good effects in this movie. I agree with the reviewer, I would recommend it.
     
  10. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    Cool! Now I'm getting pretty excited about it! :D
     
  11. bigwes15

    bigwes15 Active Member

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    I read the Fango review and went to see it today and can't believe he was talking about the same movie. I thought it was a complete piece of shit....extremely boring, convoluted, poorly acted and overall just plain old stupid and not scary in the least. There wasn't much gore at all either, and the stripping and sex scenes are, of course, clothed. A shit sandwich that you should not waste your money on...MAYBE a rental if you are desperate.
     
  12. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I thought the tv spots looked less than overwhelming. But I must admit, it doesn't look godawful like about 90% of all the current genre offerings. I may see it. Though I'm stunned Sivertson directed a Lindsay Lohan film.
     
  13. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    I thought this might not necessarily be as bad as I'd been led to believe. I thought it was quite possible that Lindsay Lohan's public persona had caused all the negative talk. I liked the title. The idea didn't seem entirely awful. So I watched.

    Literally, this is one of the worst films I have seen in a long time. It is so ridiculous, so ineptly directed, written and acted, that you can't help but stare at the screen in amazement. The plot is so stupid that words cannot describe the sensation of dumbness that pours over you as it unfolds.

    Plus, it's not even fun. Films like these urge me to be a filmmaker. How this was produced, funded, cast and released is beyond me.
     
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    I finally caught this on DVD. Sensely violent and hilarious to see Linsay and her stumps. Awesomely hilarious.
     
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    But here is a question:

    Ever noticed in films like this, the Twins only ever feel bad things- ala getting tortured? Why not good stuff like the good Lindsay in Church feeling her twin getting DP'd ? lol. Now that would have been a fun scene to see.
     
  16. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    In Twins there's a montage where Arnold Schwarzenegger feels all of Danny DeVito's day-to-day feelings like yawning.
     
  17. Tasty Toejam

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    This movie was pure comic gold. That whole blue/red thing was very subtle.
     

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