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Skeleton Crew [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026IQTNQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,750 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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GREAT TITLE...for a movie about dead pirates, which this is not. This is somewhat of a "Saw" ripoff with various torture/killing scenes but none of the "intellect" of the movie. The movie goes on for awhile until it lets you know that it is a movie within a movie.

In the 1970's the doctor at this hospital (movie location) made snuff films of his patients. This movie within the movie is about that doctor. Then the crew finds a hidden room which contained the actual snuff films. The director watches the film. Soon people start to die, but it is not a who-dun-it. The voices didn't match the lips (foreign).

Parental Guide: Adult language, simulated sex/oral sex/ girl-girl action. Minor nudity.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2010
Format: DVD
Skeleton Crew is sort of the "perfect storm" of painfully bad horror movies - a freakish combination of putrid directing, terrible acting, horrible writing, awful cinematography, a subplot that goes absolutely nowhere, etc. It's not that everything went wrong in the production of this movie - it's the fact that everything was wrong to start with, long before this skeleton crew of hack filmmakers ever set foot in the Finnish mental institution that serves as the location of the - for lack of a better word - "story."

So here's the deal. Back in the 1970s, this doctor at this mental institution went insane and started filming himself killing the patients in all sorts of tortuous ways. Steven (Steve Porter) decides the true story of "The Auteur" would make a great movie, so he's brought a handful of Finnish actors and movie production folks to that very location to film what he apparently thinks is going to be a fantastic horror film. That right there should have been an early warning sign that Steven and sanity weren't the best of friends. Midway through filming, the crew discovers a secret room in the institution which served as the mad doctor's private screening room for his self-produced snuff films - along with an undiscovered cache of the Auteur's private collection. Declaring it a pre-production research dream come true, Steven indulges in a snuff film marathon, rewrites the horror film he is making, and - increasingly annoyed at the lack of realism during filming - decides to take matters into his own hands.

Sure, the gore isn't all that bad, but that's little consolation for even bad-movie lovers to sit through ninety minutes of such pathetic filmmaking. There's not even any decent female nudity to help ease the pain of Skeleton Crew.
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Well, the other reviewer has said it all and there's little I can add, but I felt compelled to add my agreement to his scathing comments, because any deterrence I can profer to dissuade prospective buyers from wasting their money is time well spent. This is an awful film. The acting is beyond contempt and any sense of tension is totally lacking. I can only think the director, producer, cameraman, actors etc. are rank amateurs who, for a lark,decided to make a "Horror" film over a long weekend, and this is the result. Stick to what you do best guys, which must be ANYTHING other than film making. How it ever got a release I will never know. I give full marks to the other reviewer for determination - he obviously saw it to the end. I didn't, and neither will you if you are daft enough to spend money on this garbage!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a0d5180) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a131cfc) out of 5 stars Please, please, please do not waste your money! 26 July 2009
By A. lowery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I enjoy small budget horror movies in addition to the blockbusters. I came across this movie at Best Buy, so I thought I would give it a chance. It's a cross between Saw and Hostel. The first 15 minutes start out great. I was very interested. Then the viewer learns that a "remake" of some snuff films is being made (then switch to the real movie). I always hate those movies in which movies are being made inside the movie--especially in horror films. Well, the "skeleton crew" finds the real snuff films made by a madman in the run-down mental hospital. The director becomes obsessed with them and begins killing the crew while filming it. After the first 15 minutes of the movie, it goes downhill fast. The characters are not likeable, and I really did not care if they got killed or not. It just becomes so ridiculous. Characters are walking around aimlessly in the building looking around corners. I really do not think this movie would even make it to the Sci Fi network 10 years from now. I watched about 3/4 of the movie then got up out my bed to write this review. The movie is so bad that I want my money back.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a7237f8) out of 5 stars wow bad. 9 Sept. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
There are varying degrees of bad. Some of my favorite movies are what I call 'awesomely bad.' A few examples of this would be Gingerdead Man, Sick Nurses, Versus, or Chainsaw Sally. Unfortunately, Skeleton Crew doesn't fall into this category. This one is more of a 'Wow' bad.

To explain: The main character starts out surviving a car crash and walking to a nearby insane asylum for assistance. Roll Eyes Here. Anyway, from the very beginning, the actress playing the main character was not very good at her trade. Not very good at all. Beyond that, she had no screen presence, she is somewhat unattractive and she speaks in a brutish sounding Eastern European accent. I hate to sound so critical, but I seriously wondered who the actress might have been in bed with to get even this meager role. Perhaps she was the director's girlfriend or something. As it turned out, that exact scenario was worked into the plot. She was 'playing' a bad actress who was sleeping with the director. Aha.

Next, we meet the director of the asylum who is, in my estimation, perhaps the second worst actor I've ever seen in a movie. EVER. And for reference, the #1 worst actor starred in the horrible Beyond the Wall of Sleep DVD.
But then, we are shown that the actor playing the asylum director is 'playing' a bad actor. Nevertheless, all the rest of his scenes are bad, just like the main character's. Go figure. In fact, other than the young girl playing the character Anna, the movie is filled with bad actors well deserving of gruesome horror-flick deaths.

Finally, it is explained how the whole experience is actually a movie within a movie, within another movie. Sadly, all three movies are beyond redemption.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a744de0) out of 5 stars entertaining in a very surprising way 1 Jun. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you consider the sum to be strictly the whole of its parts, this movie should get a negative ranking, i.e., less than 0/5 stars. If for no other reason than some of the acting being quite possibly the worst I've ever seen, it should fail. However, I have to say I found something enjoyable in this film. Sure it is nothing more than a take on Hostel, and even glimmers of House on Haunted Hill, but it was fun. I know this review is going to sound terribly unhelpful, but I encourage you to give it at least a rental shot. Certainly not recommending a purchase, but a rental isn't a terrible choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a1350b4) out of 5 stars GREAT TITLE... 9 July 2012
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
GREAT TITLE...for a movie about dead pirates, which this is not. This is somewhat of a "Saw" ripoff with various torture/killing scenes but none of the "intellect" of the movie. The movie goes on for awhile until it lets you know that it is a movie within a movie.

In the 1970's the doctor at this hospital (movie location) made snuff films of his patients. This movie within the movie is about that doctor. Then the crew finds a hidden room which contained the actual snuff films. The director watches the film. Soon people start to die, but it is not a who-dun-it. The voices didn't match the lips (foreign).

Parental Guide: Adult language, simulated sex/oral sex/ girl-girl action. Minor nudity.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a135240) out of 5 stars GREAT TITLE... 15 July 2010
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
GREAT TITLE...for a movie about dead pirates. This is somewhat of a SAW ripoff with various torture/killing scenes but none of the "intellect" of the movie.

The movie goes on for awhile until it lets you know that it is a movie within a movie. In the 1970's the doctor at this hospital (movie location) made snuff films of his patients. This movie is about that doctor. Then they find a hidden room which contained the actual snuff films. The director watches the film. Soon people start to die, but it is not a who-dun-it.

The voices didn't match the lips (foreign). There was some language, simulated sex/oral sex/ girl-girl action. Some very minor nudity, but nothing worth the rental.
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