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Killer Instinct
     

Killer Instinct

Director: Ken Barbet, Corbin Bernsen, Dee Wallace, Paige Moss

Cast: Ken Barbet, Corbin Bernsen, Dee Wallace, Paige Moss

 
Perrysburg, PA, is just a dot on the map, but the town's major employer, a somewhat profitable factory run by a board of directors headed by Jennings Wilhite (Corbin Bernsen), is ripe for sale. The representative of a prospective suitor, Sarah Fairchild (Dee Wallace Stone), is denied an opportunity to buy it, so she does some investigating and learns some startling

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Perrysburg, PA, is just a dot on the map, but the town's major employer, a somewhat profitable factory run by a board of directors headed by Jennings Wilhite (Corbin Bernsen), is ripe for sale. The representative of a prospective suitor, Sarah Fairchild (Dee Wallace Stone), is denied an opportunity to buy it, so she does some investigating and learns some startling history regarding the business. Cut to a busload of randy young adults, including industrious Wendy (Paige Moss), attempting to spend the night at the abandoned mental hospital. The youths find that the building has an alarming history of its own -- a history they don't discover until the body count reaches epidemic proportions as they are beheaded, drowned in acid, and otherwise mauled to death by a hidden psychopath. Somehow the two stories -- the mental asylum massacre and the factory's history -- converge, and it's up to Wendy to figure out how, and why, before it's too late.

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All Movie Guide
There's a certain snarky charm to this nicely constructed low-budget horror thriller. It's a teen slasher flick -- there's as much blatant gore as in the original Halloween -- gussied up with a larger plot that sends the story back and forward in time. Somehow, for some reason, it never becomes confusing. There is a particularly nifty knot to tie up the loose ends in the last two minutes that Sherlock Holmes might see coming, or even Dr. Watson. Those of us who enjoy suspending our disbelief -- that is, overlooking the obvious plot problems -- for a thriller as carefully crafted, if overtly derivative, as Killer Instinct, will be happy to let it slide, at least this once. Paige Moss' performance as the fearfully brave heroine never dips into "scream queen" territory -- her looks may even lead one to mentally cast her in the role of Chelsea Clinton (should the former First Daughter ever get her own biopic). When Killer Instinct is over, you may find yourself wondering if you had the identity of the killer right, but in this film, that's not such a big deal -- really.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0031398769521
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
63,198

Special Features

16x9 widescreen; Dolby Stereo; Trailer; Scene access; Interactive menus; English, Spanish & French subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. Opening [3:07]
2. 15 Years Later [5:02]
3. Bonfire [2:28]
4. Entrance [5:03]
5. The Rules [4:11]
6. Romance [4:34]
7. Scare [1:43]
8. Voyeur [5:57]
9. Research [3:00]
10. Mirror Of Death [3:37]
11. Suffocated [3:23]
12. Trying To Escape [4:06]
13. Air Vent [3:06]
14. Carl [3:43]
15. Unwelcomed Inquiry [5:07]
16. Girlfight [2:06]
17. Termination [2:10]
18. Split [1:43]
19. Ring Of Fire [3:39]
20. Assault [1:46]
21. Fatal Escape [5:17]
22. Grief [3:12]
23. Revenge [5:50]
24. Credits [13:00]

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