I want to play a game. The game is to count how many classic horror films were mimicked in the making of the Australian thriller 6 Plots. Right on the DVD cover you see references to Saw and Buried. Another review mentioned Hostel. You could make arguments for Cube, Vile, and The Hills Have Eyes. But the greatest debt owed by this movie is to an older film, one that helped originate the slasher genre despite itself being a suspense thriller (and a nonpareil one at that): Halloween.
Seven students at Oak Bay High School plan a Friday night bash. There will be music. Booze. Sex. Hijinks. The party will take place in a “borrowed” (read: they broke in) house on the beach. We see the kids doing what kids do at parties, every jiffy of which they intend to livestream on the Internet because–well, you’ve seen American Pie. Anyway, everybody passes out, and when one of the kids, Brie, wakes up, she notices the others have skedaddled.
As Brie gathers her stuff to head home, she gets a phone message from this guy.
The message tells her to play a game, no parents, no authorities. The game: find her friends. All are locked in boxes and stashed around town. All can communicate with her via their phones. She is also sent video updates of their predicaments via the cameras installed in each box. Inevitably, parents get involved, as do the cops, so a few kids have to die. One is burned (she kept saying she was “covered in petrol”). Another is buried alive. A saw mill blade provides the most gruesome killing. Brie and the cops manage to save the other three, and a few weeks later, they are all back at school, cracking wise and calling one other “bitches.” Then they run into a creepy guy we saw for five seconds at the beginning of the film who makes some cryptic remarks in a basso profundo voice and walks away with the above emoticon on his skateboard. I guess he was the bad guy.
Did you catch all the Halloween analogs?
- Teenagers plan a gathering.
- They lie to their parents about it (in one geek-gasmic scene, a guy’s father calls home to check on him, and his buddy sitting in a different house answers the home phone using his cell phone and an “automated Skype message faker”).
- They use someone else’s house without permission.
- The girl with no boyfriend (Brie) becomes the savior.
- One victim’s father is the police chief.
- The whole thing is broadcast online (as in Halloween: Resurrection).
Now let me tell you what is not like Halloween: there isn’t one bit of menace in this movie. When there is a movie involving a villain, that villain is the film’s strength. Michael Myers’s mix of childlike wonder and unholy force is established from the first moment of Halloween, and it twists through all the films in the series. You can’t take your eyes off him. Ditto for John Kramer (aka, Jigsaw), Fred Krueger, Dracula, and all the great horror villains. Their personalities–Kramer’s cold logic, Krueger’s impishness, Dracula’s smug ferocity–make them compelling, while their motives make them scary.
What of the villain in 6 Plots? Other reviews call him The Emoticon, but I don’t recall anyone saying that in the film, and for good reason: it sounds like a lame Charlton Comics superhero. So he’s nameless, and until the final scene, he’s invisible. This is another mistake by the filmmakers. It isn’t necessary for the protagonists to meet the villain until the end–the Die Hard movies have mastered this approach–but it is necessary for the audience. How can we be afraid of someone we can’t connect with? As for motive, think of John Kramer’s aim: “to test the fabric of human existence.” It’s an unusual goal, lofty and sinister. The guy behind The Emoticon? His motive seems dull as driftwood.
The opening credits of 6 Plots include the line “Based on a concept by Leigh Sheehan and Tim C. Patterson.” Because these are the film’s director and writer, I wondered why they were credited this way, since “concept” seems an integral part of writing and directing. The unfortunate answer is that concept is most of this movie’s appeal. The non-villain characters are relatable, and the actors are good–so good I wanted to see interviews with them in the making-of documentary that forms the DVD’s sole special feature (I was disappointed). It is an interesting concept, though maybe too ambitious. With six victims to keep up with, I found myself getting confused.
Maybe 6 Plots should have stuck to one plot this time around.
Year of Production: 2012
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: R for Language, Some Violence/Terror and Teen Partying/Drug Material
Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 87 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2:35:1)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
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A HALLOWEEN, HORROR AND HAUNT EXTRAVAGANZA…IN MAY!
ORLANDO, FL – For the first time ever, three of the biggest names in the horror and haunt industry, Spooky Empire, alongside TransWorld and Netherworld, are bringing a Halloween and Horror event like never before!
For fans of everything scary and – well, spooky – Orlando, Florida plays host to a pair of the most popular themed events in the nation. Produced by Spooky Empire, October’s “Ultimate Horror Weekend” and May’s “May-Hem” stand as the Southeast’s premier destinations for those whose tastes run to the darker side of entertainment. A fully-loaded weekend of all things horror-centric, the Spooky Empire shows have garnered a strong following of fans and attendees who descend upon the Sunshine State twice a year for a heavy dose of madness and macabre.
Spooky Empire’s May-Hem takes place May 24-26, 2013 at Orlando’s Rosen Centre. A high-spirited blend of celebrity appearances, live performers, authors, artists, vendors and exhibitors, May-Hem is all that the discriminating fan could wish for.
Well-known for its unique blend of diverse guests and talent, May-Hem once again gives fans plenty of reasons to spend Memorial Day weekend with the Spooky Empire crowd, beginning with a cast reunion of one of the most beloved cult films of modern cinema, 1979’s “The Warriors”. Fans have an opportunity to meet cast members Michael Back (Swan), Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Mercy), David Harris (Cochise), Terry Michos (Vermin), Bryan Tyler (Snow), Thomas Waites (Fox), and Roger Hill (Cyrus)…can you dig it?
Also at the top of the guest line up is Norman Reedus, known to fans these days as “Daryl Dixon”, from the number one rated show, “The Walking Dead”. Joining Norman Reedus will be Nick Gomez (Tomas) and Theodus Crane (Big Tiny).
The list of fan favorites doesn’t stop there. Also joining this motley crew of celebs is Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Betsy Russell (Saw III, IV, V), Bai Ling (The Crow), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)and even a Disney Favorite, Pat Carroll the voice of “Ursula” from “The Little Mermaid”.
Plus don’t miss out on Spooky Empire’s already growing list of events including Q&A’s, panels, movies, Tattoo Festival, Zombie Walk, artists, authors, celebrity charity poker tournament, and a huge vendor room filled with all the horror merchandise and memorabilia you could get your hands on!
As if more incentive was needed to attend in 2013, May-Hem is running concurrently with Halloween Extreme. Halloween Extreme (produced by the haunted house gurus behind Netherworld Haunted House & Transworld Trade Shows) grants unprecedented public access to movie and theme park quality props and effects…available for the first time at the consumer level. Featuring demonstrations, seminars, and panel discussions, this event places you – the general public – among industry experts and kindred spirits for a weekend of information and interactive fun. Whether you’re a professional attraction owner, an avid home haunter, or an enthusiastic fan of everything the season offers, Halloween Extreme has something for everyone.
At long last, EVERYONE will have the tools at their fingertips to make every Halloween (or any day of the year) the most memorable ever.
Get your advance tickets online now! Just $50 for a 3 day May-Hem pass ($60 at the door). VIP and Daily passes available as well. Don’t miss out on either event…advance discounted Spooky Empire / Halloween Extreme combo passes are available now!
Visit spookyempire.com for more information or call the Spooky Empire Hotline at 1-888-690-4695
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Avoid the lines, get advance tickets now at www.spookyempire.com More guests to be announced soon!
Rose McGowan has just been added to our guest line up for October! Rose McGowan has appeared in some great films and TV shows including The Grindhouse films, Scream, Jawbreaker, The Doom Generation and Charmed! Rose will be doing a 2-day only appearance!
Guest List is just HUGE! Including:
Meet the Cast of Nightmare on Elm Street 4 at Spooky Empire. This is a rare first time reunion!
Original bad girl, Traci Lords, will be joining us at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend this year!
Welcome Iron E Singleton from The Walking Dead to his first Spooky Empire appearance!
Author of the infamous Goosebumps series of books, R.L. Stine will be making a special appearance at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend as part of our Author Programming. He will be promoting his new book, geared towards adults.
Chris Sarandon..the voice of Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas, plus Fright Night, Child’s Play, and The Princess Bride….will be at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend!
So you don’t like clowns ?!?! Why don’t you tell him to his face…Capt Spaulding will be in attendance at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend! Sid Haig is making his return to Spooky Empire after 7 years, at his first Orlando appearance.
for more information on Ultimate Horror Weekend visit the website!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Spooky Empire’s May-Hem convention is less than 4 weeks away….are you ready for, well…the Mayhem?!!
Orlando, FL – May 4, 2012 – The show is looking to be an epic event, their last one at the Wyndham, and Spooky Empire wants everyone to join them in bidding farewell to their favorite venue as only they know how.
There is an amazing line up of celebrity guests in store at May-Hem this year, most of which have never appeared at a Spooky Empire event! It’s a never-ending list of heavy hitters, sure to please fans of all kinds. Guests will be available for meet and greets and autograph signings all weekend!
Some of the guests appearing are Linda Hamilton, best known for her role as “Sarah Connor” in The Terminator, as well as the TV series “Beauty and The Beast” and more recently “Chuck”. Vivica A. Fox of “Kill Bill Vol. 1”, “Independence Day” and “Batman & Robin” and Verne Troyer of the “Austin Powers” films and “The Love Guru”. Cathy Moriarty of the classic “Raging Bull” as well as “Casper” and “Analyze That”. Plus a very last minute addition, James Marsters most well known as Spike from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
For all of you KISS fans out there, here’s your chance to meet the one and only Ace Frehley, original guitarist of the legendary band!
There will be an “Addams Family” reunion featuring John Astin “Gomez Addams”, Lisa Loring “Wednesday Addams” and Felix Silla and “Cousin Itt”.
Roddy Piper will be making a return appearance to Spooky Empire, not only for autographs, but to perform his live “one man show” This performance will require a separate ticket in addition to your admission. Tickets for Roddy’s show are $10 and are available in advance online.
From the hit new TV series “The Walking Dead”, films Mallrats and Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer, Michael Rooker will be appearing. Also from “The Walking Dead” is Madison Lintz who played “Sophia” in the hit show. Stars of the TV series Charmed, Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause, and Michael Bailey Smith. Holly Marie Combs currently stars on the hit new show “Pretty Little Liars”, Brian Krause is also known for his role in Sleepwalkers., and Michael Bailey Smith has appeared in Buffy and The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2. Also making a rare convention appearance is Joey Lauren Adams best known for her roles in films Chasing Amy, Big Daddy, Dazed & Confused and many more.
To round off the guest list is Kristanna Loken of Terminator 3, Monica Keena of Freddy vs Jason, and Oliver Robins from Poltergeist, plus legendary rock goddess Lita Ford, Marc Price from the film Trick or Treat, and Mackenzie Lintz of the hit new movie based on the bestseller The Hunger Games.
May-Hem is not just about the guests, there are some memorable events lined up as well. For the first time at May-Hem, Spooky Empire will be hosting their Zombie Walk in memory of the late Bill Hinzman!
The Mucklebones Monster Museum will be set up throughout the weekend inside the hotel. This is an exclusive Spooky Empire event! Spooky Empire’s Tattoo Festival will also be in place featuring over 25 of the country’s best artists. Check out the website to make your appointments now.
Of course there is the huge vendor room loaded with merchandise, collectibles and artists, tons of panels and Q&As, and no one can forget the notorious pool parties with live bands!
If you haven’t already booked your room for May-Hem, do it soon! Rooms are just $85 per night, and are going fast! Reach Wyndham reservations at 1-800-421-8001, and mention “Spooky Empire” to get the special rate. Tickets are still available, one day passes are $30- $35, and $50 gets you in all three days! VIP packages are available but going fast! Both are available on the website.
Two big additional Media Guests added to Spooky Empires already impressive line up.
Vivica A. Fox from Kill Bill Volume 1, Batman & robin. Independence Day and many more!
Verne Troyer from the Austin Powers Trilogy!
May-Hem runs Memorial Day weekend May 25-27 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando Florida. for more information and other guests check out their website!
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With the closing of the Wyndham Hotel, the home of Ultimate Horror weekend from the start. the promoters are now up to the task of picking a new venue for the future. They have chosen the Hilton Orlando! Located just south of the Convention Center and right off the 528 expressway. This will be easier access for fans coming from the airport. This year’s dates are slightly different, October 26-28th. Future dates will be the 3rd weekend in October and May-Hem will stay at Memorial Day weekend. Fans still get the $99 room rate. The hotel has a awesome pool area with a lazy river! This looks to be the best show ever.
Check out the hotel here!
For info and tickets for UHW check out Spooky Empire’s website here!
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Spooky Empire announced their first guests for their May-Hem show on May 25-27.
They are biggies too. Announced so far are Linda Hamilton from Terminator and Beauty and the Beast fame, Kristanna Loken from Terminator 3 and Monica Keena from Freddy vs Jason! More to come!
Check out Spooky Empire’s site here!
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The Event Schedule for the first ever May-Hem is now up on the website. Check out the panels, film schedules and other happenings all weekend long.
Vist the May-Hem website for all the information.