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Adaptation of Jack Ketchum's novel.

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Disgusting; revolting; unpleasent, and indefinitely horrid.

  • May 1, 2011
Zero out of ****

Do you want to know why so many people hate horror films? Because these days, they almost always tend to suck. Yes, once in a while, a week (or even a year) will come around when some good genre works release for horror, but filmmakers have lost sight of what makes a film frightening. Now, I admire risky filmmakers. I admire those who want to go where we've gone before. "Offspring" wants to do that, but it ends up going where we have indeed been before, and admittedly, not many of us liked it the first time around.

I usually don't give films such films low ratings such as this. You may think I am being excessive, but I think not. I was repulsed by "Offspring"; a violent, clich├ęd piece of maggot-eating shit that has its story set in my home-state of Maine. I'm sure this movie thought it was clever in using Maine as its setting, but honestly, with Stephen King alive, you're not being particularly unique when I do this. This film is simply the exact definition of "bad horror"; sleazy, stupid, mindless, and lame. At least "Hostel" could be well-made pornography. This is just pornography.

Like all films like this one, "Offspring" begins with a nice family. There's usually a gas station involved in this premise, but our heroes and heroines stay put in their homes for a good portion of the film. They're just regular people; the best victims for a horror film. Now, enter the horror: a tribe/clan of cannibalistic sadists who live in the woods not far from the homes. One day, they go crazy with blood-lust, and decide to break into the home of our characters and kidnap them.

From then, the film is all blood, gore, torture, and pornography. It's wrong in so many ways; on so many levels. I can't say it's "disturbing", but I didn't find it fun to watch. It made me depressed once it was over; since there were practically no redeeming qualities to this thing. Why anyone would think it's "decent" is beyond me, but there are people out there. There always are.

I give this rating to films that go over-the-top. They are films that I find repulsive. Sometimes, a film gets a higher rating because they are repulsive, but have some redeeming qualities. My problem with "Offspring" is not violence; I don't mind violence. But when it's done without reason, delving into all-out exploitation, I tend to get beyond annoyed. I hate, hate, hate this movie to the ends of the earth. One of the worst I shall ever see for its genre; or any genre, in general. This is because, while it has its inspirations and ambitions, the thing is utter shit. When your movie has bad story-telling, poor acting, and lame dialogue accompanied by gruesome blood-shed, you're not in for a good time. It's more of an ordeal than a film, and I think we should all save that for reality. Nobody wants to watch such acts committed on film; least of all when there's no purpose, no soul, and no reason for such a film (or such acts) to exist. But that's bat-shit craziness for you.

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May 01, 2011
I made it a tradition to see the movies in this collection, but I have procrastinated last year and I need ot catch up! Great review....you had me at revolting....LOL!!
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It's very likely that the only kind of reviews I'll ever post here are movie reviews. I'm very passionate about film; and at this point, it pretty much controls my life. Film gives us a purpose; … more
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