Snow White: Deadly Summer [Import]
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Snow (Shanley Caswell) was stunned when her father (Eric Roberts) remarried. Still hurt and reeling, Snow began a cycle of bad behavior. Resentful of the tension Snow has caused in the house, her stepmother Linda (Maureen McCormick), convinces her father to send Snow away to a discipline camp. Snow learns that the camp has a history. There had been a murder there years prior and the prime suspect, one of the campers, disappeared into the woods never to be found again. When Snow starts to suspect that someone is watching from a distance stalking them she wonders if the killer may have returned. Soon, campers start dying off. Snows stepmother uses the camps troubled history as an excuse to get Snow out of the picture. Shes been killing the campers one by one and now Snow is next!""
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Snow (Shanley Caswell who needs a new agent) is at camp with eight other teens...EIGHT!...I mean come on, didn't they read the book? At least get something right. The teens are forced to sleep outdoors which leads to them getting killed, although as a slasher film, it stank. Horror-nope. Mystery- nothing to see here folks. Snow does have dreams about a slasher...i.e. a person in a hoodie. And the ending- yeech!
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. My Maureen McCormick fantasies have been crushed. Oh where did I put my copy of "Texas Lightning?"
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(1.) DVD cover has nothing to do with movie. False advertising. Cheap production cost saving of no subtitles for hearing impaired or to substitute for poor audio.
(2.) Way over the top, not believable if not laughable, character portrayal. The military boot camp image of a whistle blowing, hard nose, do push ups and jumping jacks 'til you drop camp commander just doesn't happen except in movies. Wilderness camps actually do a lot of journaling, discussion groups, wilderness hiking with individual camp set up responsibilities. It's highly choreographed, staged and closely monitored.
(3.) Half the movie (45 minutes) were just four scenes repeated over and over. The same moon position with the exact same clouds passing it was shown repeatedly throughout the movie. Poor clouds they must have felt like bored actors when asked to repeat a scene over and over again. Then there were all the scenes of totem poles, shot close up, as if they had some significance. Never panned out. Lots of scenes of some lake. Also never meant anything other than a cheap time filler. Finally, were the cheap to produce constant flashbacks.
(4.) The supposed night scenes were so cheaply filtered day light scenes that you could clearly see strong shadows.
(5.) Overbearing background sounds to create drama when poor script and acting can't get it done. Annoying were the too loud and boring same limited piano notes and other sounds. Just too distracting.
(6.) The conclusion that all the participants were part of a dream was cutesy unconvincing cheap ending.
This was one of the movies I should have watched the previews for. By watching it and reading the editorial, I could have seen just how badly the poorly the movie was produced, how badly the lines were going to be delivered, and how cheaply this was made. The editorial breaks the movie down, delivering not only the idea behind it but what is happening at the campground. (not that it is hard to figure out).
The acting in the movie was rigid, even from the seasoned pair hired to play the parents. I really thought that it might be better,considering the actors. Eric Roberts and Maureen McCormick did surprise me a little when I saw them here, it was one of the reasons i rented it in the first place, but they did not help as much as i would have hoped. Their acting seemed stiff and a little rigid and, despite some kind of mean stuff from McCormick, I longed for an Evil Step Mother out of another tale. Shanley Caswell, who I recognized from a few TV roles, did alright in the movie but, like the parents, the lines were delivered poorly and the movie just seemed low quality. The role she had was not good, either, and seemed atypical at best. The campers were even worse, with a montage of people that are hard to root for when the horror starts.
The idea behind the movie seemed aimed at a PG-13 audience, trying to coast the line and deliver a fairy tale that was retold a different way. I actually liked that part of it, the idea itself, thinking the way the main characters came together and the way the stepmother planned on getting rid of her was interesting. This type of modernization seemed interesting, actually, but the way it was pieced together kind of tattered the creativity. If it would have been less rigid and would have made better choices, it could have been at least decently entertaining.
It surprised me to read this cost an estimated 1 million bucks to make because it really did not look like it. Like i said, watch a preview. It'll said you 1 hour 56 minutes. 2/5, saying to pass on it.