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The Reaper [DVD]

Tony Todd , Douglas Tait    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tony Todd, Douglas Tait, Sally Kirkland
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Safecracker Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1ONRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

As a punishment for failing a test on the industrial revolution a group of teens are taken on a field trip to a railroad museum where a mysterious Mr. Steele (Tony Todd - "Candyman") tells them about "Railroad Jack"- a cold-blooded "Reaper" - an horrific creature who ushers souls to the afterlife and is known to haunt a stretch of desert highway called "Death's Door".

On their return they travel along "Deaths Door" and their school bus crashes right beside a strange, deserted fairground. Enticed by the lights and the sounds of this deadly carnival, the teens set out to find help. But terror ensues when they discover the carnival is Jack The Reaper's hunting ground. "Railroad Jack" (Douglas Tait "Freddy v Jason") has been waiting for them, armed with a pickaxe and he has laid claim to their souls.


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3.7 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reaper the Jack [rental] 11 May 2014
Format:DVD
This slasher focuses on a storyline that's been done a few times before. Thankfully it doesn't take itself seriously, because honestly, slasher movie tropes have been overdone to the point any serious attempt is liable to be MST3K fodder (or would if MST3K were still around).

Actually it wasn't subtle in foreshadowing what's coming which is probably better. Otherwise people would probably be disappointed when the reveal came.

One thing that got annoying was this film's establishment of characters. I'm not exactly amongst the most frequent of reviewers here, so again I'll state that I prefer character-driven, atmospheric horror over splatter flicks by far. But I'm really annoyed by the inclusion of immoral archetypes as fodder. How is knowing certain people are doomed supposed to be entertaining?

There's also a deaf girl, which instantly reminded me of the blind guy in one of the more known movies which used a similar storyline. Except the blind guy was a memorable character while the deaf girl didn't do anything but be cranky. Speaking of the reused storyline, many other movies using it had at least some rules. What happens right before the reveal contradicts the meaning of the PREVIOUS thing that happened.

This probably sounds negative but really its about the execution. "Detention" (the David Carradine one) by the same company was fairly generic yet somehow managed to be energetic and enthusiastic.

So essentially, its entertaining enough for something I watched once but I'm indifferent about watching it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 1 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A good little film Good story good Gore and quite some scary moments in it all in all a worthy film
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2.0 out of 5 stars by the numbers 5 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
Good, simple, silly by-the-numbers slasher that entertains without engendering any real fear or suspense.
Plot and superficial twist are very similar to 'reeker' and at around 80 minutes it seems a little short, which adds to the sense of lightness and the general impression that the film was produced because someone had to put together a horror film but didnt really have a great vision for one.
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