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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IUEDYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,918 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 23 2013
Format: DVD
This is an American independent, end of the world, psychological type horror. It is based around a family of four, they are in the big city and an `event' has happened that seems to make everyone uber violent. They know their only hope is to get away and head out of town to find the other son. The father Scott Weaver (John Fantasia) leads his wife, daughter and son away from the pestilent city and head off in a stolen car to the comparative safety of the country-side.

But you know they are going to encounter other `humans' at some point and things are never going to go well. This features lots of camera angles with weird breathing which is there to evoke fear in the viewer and to make us think that bad things are going to happen. Whilst the father does have graphic night mares in the build up to `the twist', it is unlikely that the on screen antics will have the same effect on you.

The acting is not Academy nominee grade, but there are some convincing performances. We have the usual stupid decisions that happen in all films of this genre, the sort that nearly always lead to a demise of the miscreant or increased tension. This does work in part, and the family become more begrimed as they get further away from civilisation, which is a nice nod to realism.

Overall though this is not that entertaining, it drags in the middle and the action is sporadic at best, the saving grace is the kick in the tail and that was actually the only thing that pulled this back from a lower rating than I have awarded. If you like all things `horror', then this will never be on your `A' list, but you still may want to see, if you only want a quality fright-fest, then best to not bother.
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This movie is a gem. It gives us a glimpse of what could happen to human relationship if a catastrophic event eradicate most of humanity. Will humanity keep its humanity or become something else. Who will survive on the long run?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Collapsed society Dec 20 2012
By Donald L. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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As far as entertainment is concerend it was and interesting take on what could happen, but also very dark in content. I prefer movies where at least the good guy looks toward a future at the end of the movie. I did not feel that the story heald out any hope for the furture but was the view of the writer and director who wanted to impose their personal take of whatit would be like with out looking at the big picture. As far as syfy is concerend it could fit in the Horror genra. If you like to see lots of killing and want a sense of hopless ness then this is your movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THAT'S MY BLANKET! Oct. 4 2012
By THE MOVIE GUY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This was a well made low budget film that I didn't like. Civilization has suddenly collapsed for some unexplained reason as people distrust and kill each other ("Yellow Brick Road"). A family of four decide to leave the city for Dover's Bend, their old home town. That is pretty much it.

Along the way they encounter other people and a hear weird noises and feel spooked out. The mystery, which you may not realize there is one, is solved at the end.

The acting was decent for a low budget. The writing and direction were also better than normal, it just that there wasn't anything there to enjoy. They didn't build character well. The "twist" was not unexpected. For seasoned film watchers this is a let down. People who don't watch a lot of horror films might find some enjoyment in it.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Perspective On TEOTWAWKI Jan. 8 2013
By American - Published on Amazon.com
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I was left with asking to the very end, what caused things to collapse? After the first 5 minutes I wanted to shoot the wife myself. The family definitely came off in the beginning of the movie as typical big city liberal-leaning family that has lost everything and is waiting for the government or an NGO to save them. Later in the movie the father turns out to be an experienced woodsman, born in the backwoods. But he didn't own a firearm? I looked at this movie as an idea of what would happen to sheeple if TEOTWAWKI would happen. As for the story I am still wondering what it actually was. The whole thing seemed like it was made as a trailer for a bigger movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not that Scary `End of the World' story March 21 2013
By Tommy Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is an American independent, end of the world, psychological type horror. It is based around a family of four, they are in the big city and an `event' has happened that seems to make everyone uber violent. They know their only hope is to get away and head out of town to find the other son. The father Scott Weaver (John Fantasia) leads his wife, daughter and son away from the pestilent city and head off in a stolen car to the comparative safety of the country-side.

But you know they are going to encounter other `humans' at some point and things are never going to go well. This features lots of camera angles with weird breathing which is there to evoke fear in the viewer and to make us think that bad things are going to happen. Whilst the father does have graphic night mares in the build up to `the twist', it is unlikely that the on screen antics will have the same effect on you.

The acting is not Academy nominee grade, but there are some convincing performances. We have the usual stupid decisions that happen in all films of this genre, the sort that nearly always lead to a demise of the miscreant or increased tension. This does work in part, and the family become more begrimed as they get further away from civilisation, which is a nice nod to realism.

Overall though this is not that entertaining, it drags in the middle and the action is sporadic at best, the saving grace is the kick in the tail and that was actually the only thing that pulled this back from a lower rating than I have awarded. If you like all things `horror', then this will never be on your `A' list, but you still may want to see, if you only want a quality fright-fest, then best to not bother.
Bad. Awful. Not "Ed-Woods/Plan-9" Bad. Just Talentless-Basement-Slacker Bad Dec 4 2014
By VoiceOver Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I caught this on free Streaming. Bad. Awful. Boring. Talentless. It's truly a New Rock Bottom Low in zero-budget, "let's-shoot-this-with-my-friends-at-Grandma's-farm-next-weekend" awful.

My 12 year old nephew guessed the hackneyed, overused plot 'ending twist' about 10 minutes in. You will too.
So for anyone under around age 9, here's the Spoiler Alert: Dad is insane and just hallucinated everything. All of the scenes in the movie never happened as you saw them, Dad murdered his family plus everybody else, then has instant amnesia, and in the last two minutes of the film he remembers in a series of flashbacks, feels just terrible about it all, puts a bullet through his brain, and The End.

To get to that ending ' flashback twist' you have to watch a really lame cast struggle with probably the worst script ever written.
Not bad like Plan 9, Ed Woods-bad. Bad like an untalented kid with a camera just throwing together 80 minutes of garbage the absolute cheapest way he can think of so he has something to sell to DVD/cable, then cashes out and runs.

So this 'city family of 4' is homeless and on the run from some terrible, really awful TEOTWAWKI apocalypse that the director never even bothers to name. So no details, no backstory, no nothing. For the first few minutes you think he's trying to be mysterious about setting up a 'big reveal'. Then the Big Reveal never happens, the film is over, and you realize the director just didn't care enough even to specify the nature of The Big Bad Thing We're All Running From.
Some reviewer praised him for not including zombies. Heck no--zombies would have cost money.

Of the cast of 4 we start with, 2 of them, Mom and stereotypically irritating-snotty-whiny Daughter, are unexplainedly murdered offscreen in the first few minutes. By unknown, unseen killers who leave them dead for no reason but, inexplicably, the killers do not take their gun or their backpacks of precious food.
Canada by the way has some of the strictest gun control prohibitions this side of North Korea. You basically can't own a firearm for any reason. Every civilian gun in the country was confiscated 20 years ago. But in THIS film, there are zillions of loaded guns just lying around for the taking everywhere, even AK-47's (say WHAAATT???). Go figure.

The script is so awful you're at a loss for words. It's MST3K-parody bad, except that not enough happens here (characters just tramp through the woods trying to look earnest) for MST3K to have anything to work with.

Idiotic actions and senseless mistakes abound, all the sort of things you would expect from a young 'director' who's never gotten outdoors much, nor around guns or violence at all, and is still too young to be able to reproduce how actual grown-ups speak.

Early on the family is supposedly fleeing for their lives from Bad Scary Men With Machine Guns who have just chased them away from their car and forced them to hide, panting, in unfamiliar woods. Instantly, teen daughter immediately announces she 'needs some privacy' and wanders off into the woods alone. We then see her SHAVING HER LEGS. Actually, her ankles. Because she is still wearing her jeans. No, really. While running for their lives, she calls a halt and shaves her legs. I have no idea why this scene exists. Maybe there was supposed to be some striptease teen T & A, and the actress balked. I don't blame her; the only thing worse than being in this as your first film would be also having your first nude scene in this.
There is no possible way that even the finest actors in the world could salvage a script that calls for things like shaving your legs while running for your life at the start of the Apocalypse. This is just hopeless, and really, I pity the cast.

The characters as written are all just unrelievedly stupid, clueless, uninteresting, wooden, inarticulate, unsympathetic, and cardboard. I'll blame the script and the director--the male lead is certainly putting his best effort into trying to singlehandedly carry this 80 minute GIGO-fest, while being given absolutely nothing to work with.

5 minutes in, you're rooting for the Mom and Daughter to die in some horrible way just to get them offscreen.
10 minutes in, you're wanting THE ENTIRE CAST offscreen.
By the end of the film, you're wondering how long it will take before audiences get the right to bring Class Action Suits against awful directors and their even more awful films.

From the Imbd website listing for the film, the 'Official Trivia' page says all you need to know:

1. Shot in 14 days in the woods around Ontario on a total budget of $40,000.

2. The male lead was recruited from a Craigslist ad. He paid for his own plane ticket from Seattle to Ontario for the shooting.

3. About 30% of the film consists of just Steadicam shots, circling around the "family of four" in the woods from 50 feet away with lots of heavy breathing. (Nothing ever actually happens in any of these scenes). Another 30% of the film is the same Steadicam following the male lead as he tramps along alone, wordlessly, through the woods. No, really. That's 60% of the film.

4. The director says he only could afford to rent the Steadicam guy for 3 days. So he's real proud of that Steadicam footage.

5. An opening scene with the family walking around an empty side street (nothing happens) was shot early in the AM so the director did not have to pay Ontario for a public-filming permit.

6. The film was shot with every scene in chronological order. If you're just throwing something together Fast And Cheap, that saves you any editing, costume changes, etc. There are good reasons why Hollywood doesn't make "real films" this way.

This thing really has no redeeming qualities. It's shot in some uninteresting woods while no one was watching. The 'sets' are just the farmhouses of someone the director borrowed them from. There's no sign that there was any editing whatsoever here; this looks exactly like 82 minutes of raw footage. There's no attempt at FX. The 'mysterious unseen force' never materializes and never shows up, probably because that would have required having an actual plot, and a script.
Once you foresee the ending that the Dad is actually insane and that the scenes you are seeing are all going to be repudiated in the final 'twist reveal' flashback scene when he 'suddenly remembers' committing all these murders of his family himself, whatever suspense there might have been disappears, and you can't get it back.
Of course, if he's just crazy, this also repudiates the rest of the plot and there's no SF/apocalypse thing going on at all, just an uninteresting crazy guy killing his uninteresting family and then some uninteresting total strangers.

I feel truly sorry for the actors. They had no script to work with, and they're trapped in a totally awful film. It doesn't even have enough personality or individuality to merit a 'Worst Of' award at some Comicon.

There are boring little B- films that have maybe one decent 2 minute scene. Pitifully, 'The Collapsed' doesn't even have that. There is literally not one 30-second clip I could pull out of this whole dreary slog that would be worthy of anyone's attention.

That's got to be some kind of a record. One Star rating only because there's nothing lower. Hey, I'm ready to join that Class Action Suit anytime now.
Hope this review saves somebody some disappointment, some lost time and some wasted rental money. Lots of better films to see.
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