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Needle (2010) (Blu-Ray)

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  • Actors: Ben Mendelsohn, John Jarratt, Travis Fimmel, Jane Badler, Tahyna Tozzi
  • Directors: John V. Soto
  • Producers: Needle (2010) (Blu-Ray), Needle (2010)
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007P04PDG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands/Germany released, Blu-Ray/Region B: LANGUAGES: English (DTS-HD Master Audio ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Following a bitter legal battle over his late father's belongings, archaeology student Ben Rutherford comes into possession of a strange 18th century mechanical device known as 'Le Vaudo Mort'. Later that night, after a party at his university campus, Ben flaunts the machine in front of a group of friends. However, when it disappears from his room the next morning, things take a sinister turn when he finds out that the device may have deadly supernatural powers. One by one, Ben's friends begin to die under strange and horrific circumstances. Now he must reunite with his estranged half-brother, Marcus, a forensic photographer, and delve deeper into their father's past to work out who is behind the grisly murders. As the terror mounts and the clues seem to suggest the unthinkable, a surprising twist reveals the true identity of the killer. ...Needle (2010)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2015
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This is a watchable but unexceptional Australian horror flick.
Ben is a twenty-something University student with an estranged older brother, Matthew. Ben has a small clique of college pals, all of whom look like Vogue models and lead a halcyon existence. He inherits the whole of his wealthy late father's estate, except for a modest boat, which is left to poor relation Matthew. Ben's inheritance includes a very ornate, 18th century French box, about the size of a suitcase, and bedecked with knobs, dials and levers. The intriguing box is called Le Vaudau Mort. However, no sooner has Ben taken the box into his possession, than it's stolen from campus and comes into the hands of an unseen killer.
The antique box is home to some nefarious supernatural powers. You raise those powers by inserting a photo of an intended victim inside the box, add some fresh human blood, and then make a waxwork voodoo doll. If you pull a hand off the doll, the hand of the intended victim is broken off. If you stab the doll, the live victim is stabbed. As Ben's friends start to suffer inexplicable deaths, he and Matthew have a rapprochement and decide to delve into the history of the mysterious box and their equally mysterious deceased father...
This is a decent horror flick, which plays out like a combination of Final Destination, Hellraiser and The Omen - Final Destination Blu-Ray, Hellraiser [DVD] [1987], The Omen [Blu-ray] [1976].
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 5 July 2011
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Far better than the Hellraiser rip-off I expected.
The opening is not particularly startling, but it intruigues enough to grip, and when we fast forward to the present and meet main character Ben and his friends, they're all just well characterised and played enough to stand out from the usual slasher fodder. As a result, you care just a little more when someone bites the dust.
Archeology student Ben has pretty much moved on after the death of his father when he gets an unwelcome visit from his estranged brother Marcus trying to make amends, and receives one last heirloom - a strange box that no-one can figure out. Almost as quickly as it appears, it's been stolen, and people he cares about start dying in nasty, very bloody ways...
Needle is interesting because it plays the murder mystery card more heavily than most slashers, which are normally just concerned with ways to up the body count. Instead Needle has the heroes pursue the case while they try to deal with their sibling issues, in between brutal murder scenes.
The plot device is fun and allows for some inventive demises, and the leads play their roles better than usual. In addition, the plot is nicely staged - and while it's not completely unpredictable it has enough nice moments and red herrings to keep you very entertained.
A fine example of modern Aussie horror, and an above average 'college kids' slasher flick.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Stockwell on 29 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
It seems that there has been an influx in low-budget horror films of late, and the go-to genre is the Zombie apocalypse. Thankfully a few low budget horrors have drawn there inspirations from other avenues, like the body-horror of "Splinter". "Needle" has chosen to eschew the undead in favour of a story centered on voodoo technology with a hint of Clive Barker's seminal Hellraiser.

It's a solid film that may not bear frequent re-watching, but its the kind of film I'd stick with if it came on television.

I'd like to see more from this production team.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2012
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I bought this on the basis of a few good reviews on Amazon. They were wrong. I'm right. Trust me.

The supernatural premise is basically a macguffin. There's this magic box, see, and you have to insert a photo of your victim, add some drops of your blood and a somewhat larger quantity of molten wax, turn a key to start it, wait for it to whir for a few moments and then out pops a wax voodoo doll for you stab, maim, or mutilate according to taste. Congratulations! You now have the means to commit a perfect untraceable stabbing/maiming/mutilating/ murder.

So basically this is another teen slasher and there is plenty of teen slashing. Yes, there is plenty of gore as our unseen slasher has lots of fun usually intercut with shots of the victim and shots of what's being done with the voodoo doll. However, as the killer is not in the same place as the victim there's little sense of menace and none of the one on one brutality normally associated with a slasher.

Ah yes, the story, what little there is of it. It's set on an Australian university campus and revolves around a group of twenty year olds, one of whom receives the magic box from his dead father's estate and it gets stolen almost immediately.

I was pretty sure I knew who did it before the killings even started. Slasher rule 1: if it's one of a group it's always the one who seems the least likely. So I sat through this not very impressive movie waiting for confirmation. Except I forgot Alternative Slasher Rule 1: if it's not the one who seems the most likely, then it's the one you never even considered because there was completely no point. Okay, okay, I got it wrong.

Not for the first time recently, I thought the 18 certificate was rather harsh. While gory, it's not brutal.
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