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Sunday, October 01, 2006

"Flashback" review

Flashback (2000)
AKA Flashback - Mörderische Ferien

Directed by Michael Karen
Writing credits Jimmy Sangster Natalie Scharf

Valerie Niehaus.... Jeanette Fielmann
Xaver Hutter.... Leon Schroeder
Alexandra Neldel.... Melissa Schroeder
Simone Hanselmann.... Lissy Schroeder

A woman gets a job tutoring French to three rich brats for the summer. She's a hottie who just got released from the insane asylum. Her doctor thinks this job will be good for her. Some fresh air, some rowdy German teens talking in terrible dubbed English, and a mad killer stalking the house. She has flashbacks to her parents murder and wonders if the killer could be coming for her. The viewer has flashbacks to every single slasher flick he's seen.

"Flashback" has one good thing going for it: BLOOD. Lots of blood. They don't skimp on the red stuff. No one is safe. Other than the blood, it's lacking. The plot is lame. The acting is fair but since all the teens are selfish ingrates, you don't care whether they get butchered or not. The whole movie had a goofy vibe. Nothing scary here.

So if you like blood in your slasher flick and you're not too picky, you might like it. It was OK.

SCORE: 1.5 out of 4 because I had a "Flashback" to "Anatomy" in the "Swimming Pool" on "Friday the 13th" with a "Scream" because "I know what you did last summer" was tutor French "Deep in the Woods".

2 comments:

simone said...

Hello, nice review! Very amusing! I haven't actually seen Flashback yet, but I am trying to find a copy around here cause I like Xaver Hutter. What did you think of his acting? Do you have any screencaps with him in it perchance?

Could you have the option of subtitles instead of dubs? Did it have much of a soundtrack?

Anyway love the site, keep up the good work!

Dr. Gore (drgore@hotmail.com) said...

Simone,

Thanks for the compliments. Appreciate it.

I'm not going to lie to you. I have no idea who Xaver Hutter is. I can assume he was one of the rich brats getting tutored in "Flashback" but I couldn't tell one from the other. I have no screencaps with him and if I did, I still wouldn't know if it was him. Please excuse my Xaver ignorance.

As far as options on the DVD, I am again clueless. Subtitles would be a wise addition to this one because the dubbing was pretty bad. Also don't remember there being much of a soundtrack but I could be wrong.

Aren't you glad you asked? Man I'm helpful tonight. Well, not really.