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Tamara [Import]


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  • Actors: Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Katie Stuart, Chad Faust, Bryan Clark, Melissa Marie Elias
  • Directors: Jeremy Haft
  • Writers: Jeffrey Reddick
  • Producers: Andrew Trapani, Chris Sievernich, Danny Fisher, Dave Noll, David Sporn
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: May 9 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA5HS

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 8 2006
Format: DVD
As I prepared to watch this movie, I just had a feeling that this was going to be something special, something that would really knock me over somehow -- despite the fact it's a direct-to-DVD release from Lions Gate, it didn't sound all that original and would almost certainly be rather predictable, and I had never heard of any of the actors and actresses in the cast. That feeling I had turned out to be right on the money. I would just like to thank the director, the casting director, and whoever else was involved in casting Jenna Dewan as Tamara because this young lady is talented, captivating, and absolutely, positively, drop-dead gorgeous. I thought I had seen sexy women before, but no one can hold a candle to Jenna Dewan. This is the kind of woman who makes you want to quit your job, take off to Hollywood, and spend the rest of your life just trying to get a glimpse of her in the flesh. I am totally smitten, as you can tell. Dewan bears a striking resemblance to Denise Richards -- I swear she could be Denise's younger, even more beautiful sister.

With its I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Devil in the Flesh meets Jawbreaker meets The Craft kind of storyline, Tamara doesn't really break any new ground -- but it does rise above its derivative origins and forge an identity all its own. Screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick maintains a surprisingly tight plot throughout, leaving few questions unanswered, and he even succeeds in giving us a final scene that isn't silly or campy at all. When I start describing the plot points, you'll think you've seen all of them before, and you have, but you probably haven't seen them all brought together in such impressive fashion as this. It all starts with your basic high school outcast.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ilija Vrzovski on March 22 2006
Format: DVD
This movie TAMARA sounds alot like the 80's classic series PROM NIGHT. A chick coming back from the dead to get even on those who played a prank on her. This sounds like PROM NIGHT II HELLO MARY LOU. Where the high school tramp comes back to get even with those who killed her during the Prom.
Who knows maybe this one is good. I'll definetely rent this one when it comes out. As for those out their who have seen this flick. Get it. Usually movies that have had a limited run or an extended run and are hated by movie critics always end up being cult classics.
If you're a fan of cult classic flicks, then TAMARA is for you.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Uneven but occasionally promising April 22 2006
By Jeffrey Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Tamara is an occasionally diverting horror film. The title character (well played by dancer Jenna Dewan) is a shy, nerdy high school student who manages to get on the bad side of the jocks at her school. Natrually, this leads to the jocks pulling a rather cruel prank on Tarma and, of course, this leads to Tamara accidentally getting killed and buried out in the woods. However, like all shy, nerdy girls in these types of films, Tamara was into black magic and, the next day, everyone is quite surprised to see Tamara boldly back from the dead, strutting through the school hallways in a high heels and a red bustier. Not only has returning from the dead given Tamara a new look but it's also left her with a thirst for revenge and the supernatural powers necessary to get it.

The film's plot will be obvious to anyone who has ever seen a horror film and neither director Jeremy Haft or writer Jeffrey Reddick offer up any new twists on a familiar story. However, the film does occasionally feature some memorable moments. Though most of the actors sleepwalk through their roles, three actresses do offer up performances that transcend the limitations of their parts. As Tamara's best friend, Katie Stuart is immensely likeable and believable as a well-meaning teenager who has suddenly found herself in over her head. Claudette Mink, who plays the unfortunate wife of a teacher that Tamara has a crush on, is good in a relatively thankless role and she brings a real sense of fear to the scenes where she's menaced by Tamara's magic. She makes those scenes real and, for a few minutes at least, helps the picture rise above the limitations of its plot. As the title character, Jenna Dewan gives a strong and credible performance. Her strongest moments are in the beginning of the film when she makes Tamara's loneliness very real and poignant. Her terror and shame when she discovers that she's been the victim of a cruel prank is never less than believable and it helps to make an awkward scene very credible. Once she returns from the dead as evil Tamara, she is betrayed by a script that requires her to be almost too campy to be truly threatening but Dewan still manages to believably convey the anger and the need for revenge that lies underneath the surface of someone whose spent their entire life being picked on.

The direction from Jeremy Haft is rather pedestrian for most of the film until the final fifteen minutes or so. At this point, the survivors of Tamara's revenge find themselves under seige in a small hospital and it is here that the film actually comes alive. Haft creates a good deal of tension in these scenes and actually makes the fate of some of Tamara's victims rather tragic. The closing sequence of this film is almost good enough to excuse the rather lame moments that preceded it and it is in these final scenes that Tamara is the most compelling.

In the end, Tamara is a wildly uneven film and probably one that won't be enjoyed by people who aren't fans of horror films. However, Tamara has just enough promising moments to make it worth taking a chance on.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Jenna Dewan's dual role as Tamara is reason enough to watch Aug. 6 2006
By A. Sandoc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Tamara was a good entertaining horror/teenage angst movie in the same vein as De Palma's Carrie and pretty much most of the teenage revenge/slasher flicks of the late 70's and early 80's. Such horror films involved the high school jocks and popular cliques getting their comeuppance by way of the nerdy student who has had enough. This time around the nerd in question is one Tamara whose shy, bookish and frumpy nature makes her an easy mark for every other kid in school.

Newcomer and extremely hot Jenna Dewan plays the title role and she does a very good job pulling off the dual personality role Tamara goes through the film. The first half of the film Dewan was very believable as the mousy and nerdy student whose low self-esteem adds to keeping her ostracized from the rest of the student population. It doesn't help that she begins to misread one of her teacher's (played by Matthew Marsden) attempts to help her as some sort of seduction she so craves. There is a small bit of a bright side to her daily existence in the form Chloe (played by Katie Stuart), she of the popular girl with a heart-of-gold role. Tamara's life soon turns for the worst as her attempts to show her love for her helpful teacher is rebuffed and her published article about drug-use in athletics puts her in the crosshairs of a couple of jocks with much to lose.

Typical of such teenage revenge horror movies, the cruel jocks and popular kids concoct a plan to humiliate and embarrass Tamara, but just like those past films their plans backfire and the target of their pans gets killed during the the prank. The filmmaker really don't add something new to this tried and tested formula. Instead of calling for the authorities to report the accidental death of their schoolmate, the kids decide, through the bullying of the alpha-male in the group, to bury Tamra instead and forget anything ever happened. This plan probably would've worked if Tamara wasn't dabbling in witchcraft as ostracized teenagers are wont to do. Tamara's spell prior to the prank to spellbound her teacher backfires as its activated by the spilling of her blood and to the surprise of the students who did her harm she returns alive, healthy and completely different the start of the new school week.

To say that Tamara returns utterly different in more ways than one is an understatement. Ms. Dewan does a vampy, sometimes campy, job portraying the new and improved Tamara. Dewan goes from nerdy, plain-jane Tamara to ultra-sexy, barely there skirt wearing teen seductress whose touch does more than seduce those she has targeted for revenge. Jenna Dewan as the reborn Tamara steams up the screen with her overt sexuality and he practically saves the film from just being an ok, by-the-numbers horror movie. Tamara is Ms. Dewan's film from beginning to end and she does a very good job of keeping the story interesting even if it meant just being on the screen.

This film doesn't break new ground in the realm of teen horror. In fact, it's a mish-mash of alot of past teen horror flicks of the past that one could see the many influences in its story. Tamara is part Carrie, Black Christmas, The Craft and a slew of other teenage horror movies. The direction is adequate at best and that's really all one could hope for in a genre film like Tamara. What makes this film entertaining and worth watching is the joy of discovering the new talent in Jenna Dewan. Tamara might not be a great horror film, but Ms. Dewan sure more than tries to make it more than it's B-movie pedigree.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining, fun and Jenna Dewan is 'wicked'! June 15 2007
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I actually came across this movie on cable a couple of nights ago,and watched it more out of boredom than anything else,only to be surprisingly entertained. The story revolves around a teenager [played well by newcomer Jenna Dewan] who is a misfit at school, her only motivation being a well-meaning teacher [played by Matthew Marsden], and a kind friend in the form of Chloe [Katie Stuart]. Tamara gets into the bad books of some of the popular kids in school when her expose on doping in athletics is published in the school paper...this sets the scene for a cruel prank that goes horribly awry when Tamara ends up dead and is buried in the woods. The twist here is that Tamara was also a novice witch who dabbled in the black arts, and she returns from the grave as a sexy, malicious vixen hell-bent on exacting her revenge on all who cross her, including some innocents, such as her English teacher upon whom she has a crush, his wife and even Chloe. Though the plot is really nothing new, and has been done in different variations, Jenna Dewan's Tamara is sufficiently convincing and compelling to watch, and the methods she uses to get back at her enemies, though not highly original, nevertheless make for entertaining viewing. "Tamara" is not a great horror movie, but it is actually a pretty decent B movie that bears at least one viewing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beware the Unpopular Oct. 11 2006
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Tamara is a high school girl who just doesn't fit in very well. She is quiet and plain on the outside but full of normal emotions on the inside. She has a crush on a teacher and has fantasies concerning them. Her feelings can be hurt and she wants to strike back. But her bookish nature puts her on the track of some witchcraft books. One has a spell that will make the object of her crush fall for her. But when it gets to the final step of the spell, Tamara chickens out. But the spell is accidently completed when the popular students set a mean trap for Tamara. A trap that results in her death. The students decide to hide her body and say nothing. They don't want their futures ruined by an accident.

But then Tamara returns to school. A new and improved Tamara full of confidence and dressing to show her real beauty. This Tamara also wants revenge for being killed and buried. Now her touch can make people fall in love with her and they are them willing to do anything for her. Tamara's vengeance grows and grows ans she gets more and more out of control. Can she be stopped before everyone is killed? You will have to watch to find out.

A little different from most teen revenge horror films. Although not as original as Carrie or The Girl Most Likely To, it still manages to stand a bit higher than most. Unfortunately there were a few moments where the production failed to achieve. For instance in one scene two guys are convinced to make out. When discovered by a girlfriend, they are completely clothed and look like they were merely hiding under the covers. While this topic can be too edgy for some, if you are going to write it into the film, it should be done right. But for the most part the movie stands up well and has some real tension. If you like horror a step above typical mad slasher antics then you should check this one out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
its ALWAYS the quiet ones Oct. 11 2006
By CaterpillarGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have read other reviews of this movie, and a lot of people are comparing Tamara with 80's Horror Films. I can see the comparisons, the way the movie follows a formula, and although it isn't a blatant rip-off of one certain movie, it most certainly shadows certain scenes and characters throughout.

Tamara is a quiet introvert with a talent for writing she is in love with her teacher even though he is older and married and obviously off limits. She wears outdated clothing, her eyebrows are in need of waxing, her hair is mousy and unruly, she hunches over, it's a perfect caricature of the "nerdy ugly beautiful girl" waiting for her big break. What is different about her is that we know she is a witch, that she has performed spells on the poor teachers wife so she wont have kids, Yes she is bullied in the shower room a la Carrie style (without the tampons) but I for one didn't feel sorry for her. She wasn't innocent, the bullies thought they would be teaching her a lesson about her feelings for teach and for exposing them for taking steroids, although that was the wrong thing to do, I do believe that Tamara needed to be shown how ridiculous the fantasy of this man leaving his wife really was. Her death was an accident, and they should have gone to the police, although Tamara would have turned into the Vamp regardless, so I understand that plot direction. Why involve the cops, when we are supposed to see how the guilty get what's coming to them through her vengeance.

What ensues is her taking them out one by one, using them as her weapons against each other, and against her ultimate enemy, the teacher's wife. The Special Effects were both chilling and disappointing. I loved the "hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil" kill, but some of the others were muddled by poor CGI and prosthetics, in that aspect it really copied the 80's motif. In the end, we don't like her and we want the survivors to live, as it should be, and the sacrifice of an innocent for the good of the group is beyond copying the 80's it is true for stories of human nature from all times. I am sure that every male watching thought her demise was a waste, but its also true that her beauty was completely false, enhanced by witchcraft and her hatred, skin deep, and just as fragile.

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