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Spiral
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Starring: Joel David Moore, Zacharay Levi, Amber Tamblyn, Tricia Helfer
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Web Site: www.spiralthemovie.com
Distributed By: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: Too creepy - put them to bed.
Date Movie: It might make you snuggle.
Gratuitous Sex: Hints of sex and nudity, but it's rated PG-13 so we don't see Amber Tamblyn's boobs.
Gratuitous Violence: Hinted at, but the PG-13 leaves it behind.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: I liked Amber finding the sketchbooks.
Memorable Quote: Nope.
Directed By: Adam Green, Joel David Moore

Cool Things About the DVD

Buy a New TV! Damn, do I still have to remind you to get a widescreen Plasma?
Buy a New Stereo! Not really necessary, although the jazz music is cool.
Anything Else! The extras are kind of skimpy.  The commentary might be cool, but I never find the time to re-watch the movie with the commentary.

Spiral
A Movie/DVD Review

 

DVD Rated - PG-13

It's 1:31 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Sometimes I get a little frightened when I get a DVD to review that never made it to the mass market of the movie gigaplex because a lot of that, in my head, says this movie was never good enough to make it to the big screen. But then again, sometimes Iím hoping to find a little gem that is a fantastic movie that might just not have had the budget to make it to the gigaplex. "Spiral," although not a movie gem, did what is tried to do pretty well.

Hereís the storyÖ

Joel David Moore stars as Mason. Heís a creepy dude who likes to paint, gets freaked out because he might have killed some girls, but his friend, Berkeley (Zachary Levi), brings Mason back to Earth. It seems Mason has a twisted past, something about his dad killing his mom, and itís left him in a bad place, but as much as Mason hates his telemarketing job, he loves to sketch, and to paint, and as we find, he likes to put the women in the same poses, until, well, they disappear from his life.

Enter Amber (Amber Tamblyn). She befriends Mason, Berkeley keeps edging Mason to sleep with her, and Mason seems to have found a new friend, sketches and paints portraits of her, and creepiness ensues because we are pretty sure Mason is a nut-job, but just how much of a nut-job, well, we arenít sure.

And so the climactic, twisting, and surprise ending appears, although not a total surprise for me (Iím pretty good at seeing things coming), it did leave a decent feeling in my mouth that I saw a movie that worked to attempt a few things on the screen, that of a creepy dude painting a cute dudette, that of wondering if the creepy dude was a killer, or maybe there was something different going on.

But the problem I had with the movie was it was rated PG-13, thus limiting its propagating into the world of world of "Twisted Movie Classics."

Why do I say that? Because "Spiral" had the chance to get itself into the world of bizarre classicness like "American Psycho," only it didnít have its "Huey Lewis" moment, mostly because we donít see the killing. We also donít see the nudity (and as a huge fan of Amber Tamblyn, I would have really appreciated seeing her boobies when she dropped the robe), and even though the twist came from a mile away from me, with just a little tightening and some quick flashbacks, it could have actually been a surprise.

Fine, this review is all over the place, but I so much donít want to give too much away. I will say "Spiral" would probably make a decent rental in the "Iím looking for a movie thatís sort of creepy" realm, but I will also warn you that it does drag at times. In any case, for the shear creepiness of Joel David Moore, stick with it. "Spiral" could have leapt to a different level with it going for an "R" rating, but if your lady doesnít like blood, guts, and nudity, this could be a nice "snuggle" movie for the both of you. Itís 3 stars out of 5 for "Spiral."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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