Sunday, December 9, 2012

Inexchange (2003)


Pack: Tomb of Terrors
Disc: 10

Subgenre(s): Slasher, Drama

Year: 2003 (IMDb says 2006)

Rated: Unrated
Length: 90 minutes

Director: Zack Parker
Writer: Zack Parker
Starring: Sean Blodgett, Tiffany Wilson, Todd Richard Lewis

Synopsis: Maury has a problem... He is a college freshman who is taken advantage of, picked on, and ignored. However, this is the monotony that Maury has come to expect and subsequently rely on. This is what college life is for Maury, until one day when he makes an agreement and his problems begin to be eliminated one by one.

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Review: Utilising the "killer in me" trope with its accompanying "amnesiac dissonance" makes Inexchange rather unoriginal, but it still has some decent parts and nicely played yet not very deep characters.

Unfortunately, it's a little bit slow and the low-budget is apparent in the lack of sets and occasionally bad lighting. It's not a total disaster, but it comes across as more of a drama than a horror movie in spite of a couple of adequately nasty kills.

As with most movies about "students", they all look a couple of years too old for their parts and behave in stereotypical ways. Sean Blodgett's character, Maury, seems to be suffering from Asperger's Syndrome rather than chronic shyness, but does a fair enough job considering the limitations of the role.

The "bullies" or "assholes" (since they are only working on being bullies if allowed to continue) fall into two categories. On the one hand, the "jock" and his "slutty" girlfriend are clichéd, but Jay (Todd Richard Lewis) seems to have more to him and is just misguided. None of the characters are very likeable, but they're not supposed to be either. Essentially, they are all just typical slasher movie fodder.

There aren't many surprises in Inexchange apart from Lara (Tiffany Wilson) revealing how she really feels about Maury near the end due to the formulaic nature of the story. The biggest flaw is that everything is so predictable once the red herring of a supernatural serial killer or pact with the devil is ruled out of the equation.

Overall, Inexchange is still one of the better movies in the "Tomb of Terrors" pack. It's very well written with hardly any silly lines, but it lacks the gore and shocks to make it memorable.

Most Memorable Moment(s): Maury getting urinated on.

Originality: Sort of like Carrie at the start, and like Angel Heart at the end.

Best Line(s): "It's not what I want, it's what I have."
Worst Line(s): "I'm going to kick his goddamn forehead in."

Best Effect(s): Jay's acid burns.
Worst Effect(s): The "posterised" flashback sequences at the end.

Goriness (out of 10): 2
Sexiness (out of 10): 3
Profanities (out of 10): 4

Hottest Actor/Actress: Tiffany Wilson as Lara.


Picture Quality: Average
Audio Quality: Average

Rating (out of 10): 5

Trailer:


IMDb or Wiki: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448002/

Final Thoughts: Not bad but not very original either.

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