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Amusement (2008)

Three women are stalked by a killer with a grudge that extends back to the girls' childhoods.

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John Simpson

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Jake Wade Wall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keir O'Donnell ... The Laugh
Katheryn Winnick ... Tabitha
Laura Breckenridge ... Shelby
Jessica Lucas ... Lisa
Tad Hilgenbrink ... Rob (as Tad Hilgenbrinck)
Reid Scott ... Dan
Rena Owen ... Psychiatrist
Kevin Gage ... Tryton
Brennan Bailey ... Danny
Preston Bailey ... Max
Shauna Duggins ... Woman In Truck
Fernanda Dorogi ... Cat
Eyad Kurd-Misto Eyad Kurd-Misto ... Child Laugh
Karley Scott Collins ... Child Tabitha
Jadin Gould ... Child Shelby
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Storyline

As retribution a psychopathic stalker known only as The Laugh attacks the now adult girls who picked on his sick childhood tendencies. Tabitha, Shelby and Lisa become the target of a madman with a serious adolescent grudge. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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His pleasure is your pain. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Picturehouse

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2008 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Развлечение See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,255
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed from November 2006 to January 2007, given a limited release in Thailand in October 2008, but not given a wide release until early 2009. Its release stateside was in January 2009. See more »

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The speedometer reads as KM/H (filmed in Australia), Yet they reference "Miles" and travelling too Connecticut. See more »

Quotes

The Laugh: It's a metal scope Victrola.
Dan: Oh.
The Laugh: It's very old... and priceless.
Dan: What's it do?
The Laugh: What does it do? Well, it plays a song, and at the end, you get a surprise. Well, go on. Try it.
Dan: Oh no, that's okay.
The Laugh: Try it.
Dan: Okay.
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Mine
Written by Dillon Dixon and Marco Beltrami
Performed by Dillon Dixon
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Far below the average
17 January 2009 | by dschmedingSee all my reviews

To give this movie an above average rating is a waste of stars. Sure, visually the movie looks nice and like most people mentioned the Clown Segment is pretty creepy... BUT like everything else in this movie its totally ripped off and leads nowhere. The whole basic premise of "Amusement" with the subplots just doesn't work at all... Car lost in the woods, Babysitter home alone and stalked by crazy guy, old abandoned hotel with crazy people in it... you've seen it all before and it isn't even bound together by a clever script. Far from that... Chicks get abducted by some crazy guy, then some strange interrogation in a FBI Cell takes place ... I guess just because they needed some reason for the flashback sequences. Beside that the whole part is idiotic... how could a psychologist fall for a crazy guy in FBI dress with an interrogation room in an old flooded cellar??

"Amusement" is basically just a collection of ideas stuffed into a messy script... Let's make a horror movie with beautiful chicks and a crazy guy! OK, but I want a clown in there and Joyride was fun, so let's also put that in and have some people being stabbed in the eye. If we make the crazy guy an inventor with killer gimmicks and some Dr. Giggles laughter I am in! OK, deal... but we need a psychologist in there plus some unexpected twist and a moral ending to at least make it look smart on first sight.

Phew...things build up, the whole reason for the movie title is unfolded and pretty meaningless, the characters get killed in most uninspired ways possible, the flashbacks are clumsy and don't explain much and we never learn why people are sown into mattresses or crazy guy has a fetish for pulling living things open. It just happens.. random shreds of stolen ideas like in a cheesy clip show.

THIS IS A MESS!! For the few scenes that work its 90 Minute too much wasted and the ending should make anybody angry. Avoid!


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