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In a hidden beach house on the Malibu shore, a twenty-something couple have a 'spitting mad' lover's quarrel. The boyfriend storms out, and into the arms of their housemate. When the infidelity is discovered, horrible violence ensues. 17 months later, a group of attractive twenty-somethings move into the abandoned beach house, unaware of the tragedy that had kept the house vacant all these months. One by one, temptation seduces the housemates into betraying their romantic relationships and they are punished for their infidelities by an avenging angel of death. With the help of a whacked-out spiritualist, the new tenants of the house fight to survive and search desperately to unlock the shocking mystery of...THE SCORNED. STARRING: Jenna Lewis, Bob Guiney, Trishelle Cannatella, Ethan Zohn, Tonya Cooley and more
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I won't give away the plot but I will say that it is a movie about cheaters getting the fates they deserve. With Ethan Zohn as the standout performance in the movie, all the stars do their best to make the movie that much more entertaining. Directed by Robert Kubilos, the director of over 24 previous films, his ability to manage the egos of the different stars makes the movie a fun romp through the supernatural. Just as important, the movie was co-written by Rob Cesternino (Survivor: Amazon, Survivor: All-Stars), Eric Mittleman (Producer - Comic Book: The Movie and Creature Unknown), and Scott Zakarin (co-producer of Bruce Campbell's 'Man with the Screaming Brain' and producer of Sid Caesar's 'Buried Treasures' DVD's). The three writers put together a story that has an unexpected twist that I had never seen in a horror film before. More importantly, a similar twist was recently used in a big budget production starring Reese Witherspoon!
As a fan of film, this independent film, put together by these creative minds, makes for a new and different movie. Are you going to experience special effects the likes of which are seen in $100 million dollar big budget effects films will make? No. But, with the modest budget that this film was put together for, you will get an entertaining movie that does not have to give up creative integrity to the men in the 'suits' behind SAG movies. Is the acting the quality of $50 million dollar stars? No. But, remember, these are reality stars trying to show their stuff in many of their first forays into movie production and they act their hearts out. Do not expect Shakespeare, instead, enjoy the movie for what it is, a modest budget creation of movie producers and directors that want to make a movie that everyone can enjoy. Does this come across in the film, absolutely!
I recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of horror films, a fan of reality shows, a non-fan of reality shows, and everyone that enjoys a good popcorn flick! Enjoy!
Knight42 (aka Jason from Colorado)
You must be a strong believer in reality TV to enjoy this movie.
Frankly, I'm still looking for a good reason why this movie was made. It was tied to a reality show that aired solely on E! (not exactly the best place to gain visibility). It was then aired on E! (sanitized) and released directly to DVD with very little promotion. After watching it, it's easy to see why the producers tried to forget about it. There are a few average performances (any truly good performances would have been prohibited by a brain-dead script), but for the most part, the "actors" noticably fake their way through their lines. Steven Hill and Jenna Lewis appear to at least try to make the most of their lead roles of Oliver and Kirsten, and Trish Schneider, while playing comatose for part of the time, seems to enjoy the villany of her murderous ghost (though so much of the plot involving her seems odd and even silly). But others in the film (particularly Johnny Fairplay and Ethan Zohn) are ludicrous in their attempts to feign acting ability.
All things considered, "The Scorned" suffers from substandard acting and directing, has average production values (at best) and one of the worst scripts ever to make it to the screen. Again, that makes it hard to comprehend why it ever saw the light of day. If zero stars were a possibility, I'd seriously consider that, but I'd certainly never consider buying it.
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