As Good as Dead

Overview

Three members of an extremist cult kidnap and torture a prominent photojournalist who they believe murdered their revered leader in this twisting psychological thriller starring Cary Elwes, Andie MacDowell, and Frank Whaley. The widow of late cult leader Reverend Kalahan, Helen MacDowell is determined to seek revenge against the man who murdered her husband. But in a tragic twist of fate Helen, her dangerously unstable son, Jake Matt Dallas, and their sadistic enforcer, Aaron Whaley, discover that they may have ...
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Overview

Three members of an extremist cult kidnap and torture a prominent photojournalist who they believe murdered their revered leader in this twisting psychological thriller starring Cary Elwes, Andie MacDowell, and Frank Whaley. The widow of late cult leader Reverend Kalahan, Helen MacDowell is determined to seek revenge against the man who murdered her husband. But in a tragic twist of fate Helen, her dangerously unstable son, Jake Matt Dallas, and their sadistic enforcer, Aaron Whaley, discover that they may have targeted the wrong man. The more the trio interrogates the terrified Ethan Elwes, the more apparent it becomes that Helen, Jake, and Aaron may have escalated a situation that no one can walk away from untarnished. As Helen grows increasingly convinced of Ethan's innocence, cold-blooded killer Aaron vows to leave no witnesses, and attempts to manipulate Jake into taking his side. Meanwhile, Ethan's estranged wife, Kate Nicole Ansari-Cox, attempts to call Ethan when he fails to pick up their ten-year-old daugther, Sarah Emma Kantor, at the predetermined time, and drives to his apartment to confront him personally.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A passable rainy-day thriller driven by a pair of compulsively watchable performances, As Good as Dead holds the unique distinction of featuring saccharin screen beauty Andie MacDowell as a horribly scarred religious extremist hell-bent on avenging the death of her hate-spouting minister husband, and underappreciated character actor Frank Whaley as her psychotic, neck-tattooed sidekick. If those curious casting choices alone aren't enough to peak your interest, perhaps it's worth mentioning that the manipulative cult leader in question is none other than stalwart screen veteran and original Hannibal Lecter Brian Cox. The widow of late cult leader Reverend Kalahan, Helen MacDowell is determined to seek revenge against the man who murdered her husband. However, in a tragic twist of fate, Helen, her dangerously unstable son, Jake Matt Dallas, and their sadistic enforcer, Aaron Whaley, discover that they may have targeted the wrong man. The more the trio interrogates the terrified Ethan Cary Elwes, the more apparent it becomes that Helen, Jake, and Aaron may have escalated a situation that no one can walk away from untarnished. As Helen grows increasingly convinced of Ethan's innocence, cold-blooded killer Aaron vows to leave no witnesses and attempts to manipulate Jake into taking his side. Meanwhile, Ethan's estranged wife, Kate Nicole Ansari-Cox, tries to call Ethan when he fails to pick up their ten-year-old daughter, Sarah Emma Kantor, at the predetermined time, and drives to his apartment to confront him personally. With a story that seems to gloss over more than a few pivotal details and a dunderheaded protagonist whose incompetence seems born of lazy screenwriting, the only factors that keep As Good as Dead afloat are the film's highly capable cast and director Jonathan Mossek's talent for maintaining a satisfying sense of momentum once the action gets under way. Fortunately for us, that's just enough to keep the film on the winning side of watchable. Sporting a cane, disfiguring facial scars, and a slow Southern drawl, MacDowell is magnetic whenever she's onscreen, but as the former heroin addict and ex-convict who went up the river for performing an impromptu lobotomy with a Phillips-head screwdriver, it's Whaley who makes the biggest impression. His turn as the wiry, Southern-fried racist whose distinctive "SS" neck tattoo betrays his clean-cut appearance signals once again why the ubiquitous and versatile Whaley is one of the most dependable bit players around. If Brian Cox is wasted in the opening scene and Dallas repeatedly fails in his noble attempts to exude genuine menace, at least MacDowell and Whaley are there to pick up the slack. Apparently having learned an important lesson in restraint following his laughably blubbery appearance in the original Saw, Elwes plays things fairly cool as the man whose guilt remains in question until the bitter end, and although Erez Mossek and Eve Pomerance's slipshod screenplay repeatedly undermines his character's believability, it does a commendable job of keeping us guessing as the stakes get exponentially higher. Weary channel surfers will likely agree that As Good as Dead offers just enough thrills to warrant giving your calloused thumbs a break from clicking. But while it isn't exactly the kind of sleeper that's likely to have suspense fans gnawing their fingernails down to the knuckle, it's definitely worth a look for Whaley followers in need of a fix, and to see MacDowell make a break from her squeaky-clean image.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • UPC: 687797132192
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 74,603

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Elwes Ethan
Andie MacDowell Helen
Frank Whaley Aaron
Matt Dallas Jake
Nicole Ansari Kate
Brian Cox Reverend Kalahan
Emma Kantor Sarah
Jess Weixler Amy
Juliette Bennett Erica
Nasry Malak Moe
Crispian Belfrage Brian Shepard
Claudine Oriol Marsha
J.W. Cortes Cop
Laurence Covington Cop #2
Clark Middleton Seth
Mario D'Leon Titus
Cygalle Dias Bodega Shopper #1
Kira Dirhtvar Bodega Shopper #2
Gordon Joseph Weiss Homeless Man
Elissa Middleton Executive
Heidi Jo Markel The Investor
Lexie Helgersen Cafe Couple
Jeff Dread Cafe Couple
John Kelsey Bus Driver
Amy Garay Bus Passenger
Gable Mao
Ian Capone Skinhead
Antoine Ray Young Jake
John Shim Masked Shooter
Technical Credits
Jonathan Mossek Director
Jennielyn Abrot Co-producer
Nick Allan Co-producer
Greg Arnold Score Composer, Musical Arrangement
Frank Barrera Cinematographer
Edward Bass Producer
Graziano Bruni Production Manager
Julie Carr Editor
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Jordan Gertner Producer
Hubert Gibbs Executive Producer
Jade Healy Production Designer
Jade Gloria Healy Production Designer
Marco Henry Production Manager
Belton Lee Executive Producer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Heidi Jo Markel Producer
Erez Mossek Screenwriter
Eli Navon Executive Producer
Lee Percy Editor
Eve Pomerance Producer, Screenwriter
Andrew Prokopenko Sound Mixer
Shawn Rice Asst. Director
Sarah Shears Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Stuhler Production Designer
Rabiah Troncelliti Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Michael Walters Executive Producer
John Yarinick Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- As Good as Dead
1. Main Titles [7:16]
2. Very Mature [7:24]
3. Not Intimidated [9:37]
4. Fuckistani Brothers [4:37]
5. More Monkeys That Africa [9:16]
6. A Bitter Winter [7:58]
7. Start Talking [7:48]
8. Enemies [7:13]
9. Leave Nothing Out [9:43]
10. Scarce On Time [12:08]
11. I Saved You Once [3:48]
12. End Credits [4:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- As Good as Dead
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         English 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles
         English Sdh
         Spanish Subtitles
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew Interviews
      Behind the Scenes
      Previews
         As Good as Dead
         My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
         King of the Avenue
         Once Fallen
         Dead Awake
         The Assassin Next Door
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