Year of Release: 2010
Genre: Horror / Action
IMDB Rating: 3.1 / 10
Level of Awful: Medium
Breast-O-Meter: 2 /5
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
It’s movies like this that make you lose faith in the whole premise of film making. I mean, you want to believe that film makers are trying their best to put out high quality, original movies, and then this rather blatant Saw ripoff comes along and makes you question everything. Yeah, we all know that none of that’s true, but Elimination isn’t even subtle in what it’s trying to piggy back on. Granted, it has some of the cheapest CGI I’ve ever seen in a film and each and every actor could’ve easily been outperformed by a paperclip (which unintentionally gives it its entertainment value), but I spent my whole time sitting in front of the TV just waiting for someone to say “I want to play a game.” But I guess this is what you get from a movie that has unnecessary breasts thrown in front of the camera before the 1 minute mark has even been passed.
As I’m sure we’re all painfully aware, we live in the age of reality television, and the Good Lord knows that they’ll stick a camera in front of anyone and follow them around. Everyone wants to be famous, right? Well, so does our bunch of generic clichés (and there’s a lot of them – latino, latina, jock, bitch blonde, bitch blonde’s caring boyfriend, street thug, smart hot girl in a cardigan etc.). They’re all about to audition for a brand new online reality show called Spotlight. They don’t really know what it’s all about or where it’s being filmed, but there’s a $1 million dollar prize at the end of it for the winner, so I suppose the finer details might not be at the forefront of their tiny minds.
After getting together in a parking lot and meeting one of Spotlight‘s crew members, the gang is bundled into an unmarked van, stripped of their cellphones, drugged, and taken to an unknown location in the middle of the desert. None of them seem to find any of this particularly disconcerting, so they all make their way through to the audition room. Here they meet Jigsa… I mean the Executive Producer… via a live stream. He explains to them that the game they’re about to play might be a tad bit more extreme than they were planning on, and that it may or may not cater to an audience who likes watching snuff but doesn’t want to call it that. You see, Spotlight involves the gang running through various zones in an attempt to make it to the end. They’ll be pursued by a psychotic clown and an Amazonian warrior (who, again, has two breasts) who will try to brutally murder them. Since none of this is entirely above-board the kids can’t really back out on contractual technicalities, so it’s off into the labyrinth of doom for them.
Whilst the pseudo-Amazon and the clown provide some real-life threats, there are also stock dangers like machine guns, giant blades, giant furnaces and oversized food blenders to watch out for. To balance out the rather steep danger curve, the zones also have several hidden immunity statues, granting the holder 15 minutes where the clown and Amazon can’t kill them. Also, if a spotlight appears, anyone who stands in it is also safe from the executioners. But whilst the executioners and the oversized food blender are certainly areas of concern for the group, their greatest threat will be one another. Only one person can make it to the final zone and win the $1 million prize, so every clichéd character is going to underwhelmingly bring out their worst character traits in an attempt to make it out alive. If you’re like me, dear reader, by the time it comes to the final showdown, you too will be rooting for the oversized food blender.
LIFE’S LESSONS LEARNED:
- It’s never a bad idea to give your cellphone to a creepy old man and climb into his unmarked van.
- Kids these days are incredibly whiny about being drugged and taken places against their will.
- It takes years of Tae Bo training to effectively kick a man in the balls.
- Research indicates that modern killers don’t really concern themselves with their victims’ comfort when building their killing contraptions.
- Rampaging murderers are easily thwarted by an empty cardboard box.
- Even murderers edit their footage to make their shows more dramatic and increase their ratings.
- Even psychotic executioners are part of a union.
- Psychotically deadly situations really bring out some people’s inner narcissist.
Posted on May 18, 2013, in Awful Level: Medium and tagged 2010, Amazon, b grade, Boobs, camera, Cannibal, clown, Elimination, executioner, feral, Horror, hunt, internet, lasers, murder, murderers, narcissism, online, reality show, review, snuff, spotlight, streaming. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.
This sounds a lot like “Slashers.” I actually really liked that movie, so I’m curious about this one. The synopsis you gave sounds interesting, but I know how movies can ruin good stories. Still, I’m putting it on my watch list.
The premise was incredibly interesting and had it been left in the hands of capable people it probably would’ve been a reasonably good movie. Alas, it wasn’t left with capable people, and we’re stuck with how it turned out.
Give it a watch and let me know what you think!
Wow, that was a pretty entertaining movie. It wasn’t at all scary or original, was poorly acted, directed and written, but it at least seemed to have the spirit of a generic 80s horror movie: All of those things mentioned, camped up baddies, some interesting deaths, needless nudity, stupid heros… it was an enjoyably bad film that didn’t get boring.
Whilst I did mention that it was a terrible Saw rip off, what it actually is, on reflection, is a terrible The Collector / The Collection rip off. I wasn’t bored watching it, but that was mainly because I was amazed at the sheer stupidity of most of the characters.
They were certainly stupid. I liked the way a bout 10 of them were scared of a scrawny bloke, some girl with a bow & arrow and this fat guy dressed as a clown. The nudity was tastefully done as well, with the girls having their shirts slowly ripped off before they were killed and then both scenes repeated for full effect. Good classy stuff.