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||Joel David Moore, Zacharay Levi,
Amber Tamblyn, Tricia Helfer
Anchor Bay Entertainment
||Too creepy - put
them to bed.
||It might make you
||Hints of sex and
nudity, but it's rated PG-13 so we don't see Amber Tamblyn's
||Hinted at, but the
PG-13 leaves it behind.
||I liked Amber
finding the sketchbooks.
||Adam Green, Joel
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necessary, although the jazz music is cool.
||The extras are
kind of skimpy. The commentary might be cool, but I
never find the time to re-watch the movie with the
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.
A Movie/DVD Review
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
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!!