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Cruel World (2005)

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Reeling from his dismissal from a reality show, a deranged runner-up holds a group of co-eds hostage on the set of his own fictitious show, where losers suffer a deadly fate.

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Kelsey T. Howard

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Gene Hess (as Eugene Hess), Paul Lawrence | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Philip Markham
Daniel Franzese ... Claude Markham
Andrew Keegan ... Bobby
Susan Ward ... Ashley
Sanoe Lake ... Ruby
Laura Ramsey ... Jenny
Aimee Garcia ... Gina
Joel Michaely ... Jack
Nate Parker ... Techno
Nicole Bilderback ... Mikko
Brian Geraghty ... Collin
Jaime Pressly ... Catherine Anderson
Sam Page ... Daniel Anderson
William Sterchi ... Sheriff Boyle
James Patrick Stuart ... Deputy Grady
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Reeling from his dismissal from a reality show, a deranged runner-up holds a group of co-eds hostage on the set of his own fictitious show, where losers suffer a deadly fate.

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When You Get Voted Off This Reality Show... It's For Good!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sadistic violence and gore, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destin fatal See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,160, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$17,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,986
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The scene were Philip chases Catherine outside the house in the beginning of the movie sees the bandage on his right hand disappear then reappear between shots. See more »

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References Fear Factor (2001) See more »

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There You Go
Written by Rich Stites and Jemajo Whitney
Performed by The Circle
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Edward Furlong eats the scenery like so many donuts...mmm...donuts...
10 July 2010 | by NavajasSee all my reviews

Two brothers somehow sucker a bunch of young people into believing they're part of a reality game show in which they do whatever challenge the mastermind comes up with. Eventually it becomes apparent that the stakes are life and death, and the contestants start getting killed off, sometimes by each other.

Perhaps the craziest part of this movie is Edward Furlong as the lead, Philip Markham, who overacts at every turn as he screams at the contestants from his control room, where he chain smokes and eats gas station food. His performance is not one of his finest, but given that he appears to be past his prime at this point, he does deliver something that is, at very least, entertaining (not always for the right reasons, though).

As others have pointed out, Markham is a fairly lazy killer. Mostly he just yells a lot. It is often up to his simpleton brother, Claude, to carry out the dirty work for him.

The big question is whether or not the flick is worth seeing. Well, for me, the movie came with four others in a small package that was located at the bottom of a bargain bin. Given what I paid for it, it wasn't too bad.


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