Nite Tales

Nite Tales

On DVD: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Running Time: 
93 Minutes

In short, if you like bad movies, then “Dead Tone” is for you: bad plot, bad script, terrible acting, and Flavor Flav.

Wow, where do I start? There’s bad, and then there’s really bad.

If you’ve seen “Friday the 13th,” “Halloween,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream,” “Scream 2,” “Scream 3,” “Happy Birthday to Me,” oh heck, if you’ve seen ANY horror movie at all, you have seen this movie.

“Dead Tone” is based (I’d say loosely.) on a true story that starts with a group of 11 year olds at a sleepover who decide to play “75.” This is basically a game where the kids prank call random strangers and try to keep them on the phone for at least 75 seconds. If you can’t keep them on the phone, then you lose, and it becomes the next person’s turn.

Meanwhile in the other part of the house, the kids’ parents are partying pretty hard. Too hard to pay attention to all the phone calling that’s going on just a few doors away. As it turns out, one of the kids calls the wrong (really wrong) number of a psychopath who magically finds out where they are, shows up at the house, and kills all the adults.

Fast forward 10 years and the surviving kids have all been adopted by family or other people (some with name changes) and have moved on with their lives. But the murders are happening again. Dun dun DUN. And it looks like the killer is gunning for the kids this time.
Detective John Criton (Rutger Hauer) was on scene for the original murders and now he sees a connection with the new ones. Yeah, you see where this is going….

Clichéd from the beginning, “Dead Tone” starts with “The Timekeeper” (Flavor “You know what time it is” Flav) welcoming you to the movie. He appears for all of 42 seconds and then he’s gone until the extras section which, by the way, is only two minutes six seconds (2:06).

“Dead Tone” borrows, no STEALS every tired teenage horror flick stereotype. We have the group road trip, scary gas station scene, and then there’s the rent-a-mansion that just so happens to be owned by a TV producer whose original vision was to outfit it for a reality TV show. So you know, cameras everywhere, lots of rooms, and did I mention that the house is in the middle of nowhere? The local police even do their final rounds before sundown. How convenient.

Let’s just say that another game of 75 goes awry and then more killing ensues. Blah, blah, blah…yeah, you’ve seen it. It’s all been done and been done better.

Aside from the bad script and even worse direction, I think the biggest tragedy was seeing Rutger Hauer in this mess. Oh, Roy Batty, Navarre the half-man/half-wolf, crazy killer from “The Hitcher,” you must owe someone a BIG favor.

In short, if you like bad movies, then “Dead Tone” is for you: bad plot, bad script, terrible acting, and Flavor Flav. Honestly, I was hoping to get my clock at the end of this movie, but alas, no.

Review by Jennifer Isbell