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Storm Warning (2007)

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Genres:
Horror, Sadistic Horror, Slasher Film
Director:
Jamie Blanks Jamie Blanks
Starring:
Nadia Farès Nadia Farès
Robert Taylor Robert Taylor
David Lyons David Lyons
Mathew Wilkinson Mathew Wilkinson
John Brumpton John Brumpton

5.8 / 10 - Overall Rating

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A yuppie couple lost in a thick brush filled marsh seek refuge at an isolated farmhouse only to discover they've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire. --IMDb
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Review by Nirrad
Added: February 01, 2009
When it comes to quality, Dimension Extreme is really hit and miss. They can release garbage like "Automaton Transfusion", but on the other hand give us good movies like "Mother of Tears" and "13: Game of Death." But I still respect them for actually releasing these movies to the public so that we have a chance to view them, and that they are easily obtainable. I thought "Storm Warning" was going to be your average slasher movie, but it wasn't at all.

"Storm Warning" opens with couple Pia (Nadia Farès) and Rob (Robert Taylor) driving down a highway as they plan to go on a little fishing trip. When they arrive, they suit up and head out on their rented boat. As time passes on, Pia wants to head back but Rob wants to venture a little further to see what he can find. As they travel they eventually get lost and are forced to seek shelter because of the storm. They stumble across an old farm house, but no one is home. They decide to let themselves in, only to discover that the owners are sloppy drug dealers. The owners eventually return home and catch the intruders inside. Rob explains to them that they just needed a place to stay for the night, and two of the owners Jimmy (David Lyons) and Brett (Mathew Wilkinson) decide to let them stay. But the two are crazy hicks and begin to terrorize Pia and Rob. As the night goes on, Jimmy and Brett become more violent towards Pia and Rob, and eventually their abusive father Poppy (John Brumpton) awakes to help terrorize the couple even more. Pia and Rob are beaten, sexually abused, and will eventually be killed from the family. Pia finally steps up against the crazy family, and she has plans to leave this house killing the hicks, or die trying.

This movie was completely different than what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was about some maniac killing teens left and right. Boy I was way off. I actually really enjoyed the premise of this movie. I found it intense, gory and disturbing in some situations. There's not doubt in my mind that there are actually families out there like this. While the story is not completely original, I still do enjoy movies like this, and while the family was crazy, they really were interesting. I can't say the same for the husband though. I suppose the writers tried really hard to make the wife the heroine as the husband just sits there and makes some of the dumbest decisions ever, and never really stands up to the hicks. Although this is essentially a horror movie, and its usually a female who fights in the end.

There were some nice gore effects to be found in this movie. While you don't see anything until the last 30 minutes or so, what we get is pretty nice and cringe worthy at times. Besides one shot, the effects were old school latex and dummies. It was great watching a new horror movie without any CGI to wreck some of the scenes. The deaths are overall pretty imaginative, and one was just downright cool to see. But it was also kind of lame how it was build up. During one scene, the couple is left alone in a barn and Pia gets an idea to rig a trap for whoever enters the barn again. Having Home Alone in this movie was bad enough, but just how elaborate the trap was built in such a short amount of time is pretty ridiculous.

Not a whole lot to say about this movie. The performances from the hick family were spot on, the gore was excellent and the overall atmosphere was great. Other than a few goofy parts in the screenplay, this was a fine film and really enjoyable. Dimension Extreme has surprised me again with this release. This seems more like a love or hate kind of film, I personally love it. Considering this was directed by the same person who directed "Urban Legend" and "Valentine" it really is surprising. Check it out.

8/10.
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grain of sand #1: grain of sand - added 02/03/2009, 07:28 PM
There are some great effects in this, every kill is worth mentioning.. The beginning is also really pretty, 8/10
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 02/04/2009, 02:38 PM
I really love how the female lead in these movies can be so incredibly dumb, then come out on top. Asking where a hotel is one minute, then rigging an elaborate Jigsaw trap to string some guy up like Frank Cotton the next. It just angers me so much. It was awful in Last House on the Left, it was awful in Nightmare on Elm Street, and it was awful in this. How does a woman who can barely figure out a fishing pole manage to string wires all over a barn and hook them all up to every piece of sharp metal in the place? All in less than an hour, no less.

That small beef aside, I really liked this one. It was one long build up and it really paid off in the end. Definitely on the Dimension Extreme 'good' list.

7/10
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 02/09/2009, 10:03 AM
Wowser. Loved this film. Can't believe this is the same guy who did "Urban Legend" and "Valentine". The cinematography and production design are just fantastic. The kills are creative and satisfying and I just absolutely loved this film. 9/10.
Chad #4: Chad - added 02/13/2009, 04:07 PM
Just going along with the herd here - really enjoyed it, and even though the end result was nice, the MacGyver trap was just laughable. Still, good movie. 8/10.
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