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iCrime (2011)



The Movie Beware proves that an independent movie can be just as good or better than a major studio film.  Granted, this isn't a $200 dollar movie shot by a bunch of friends on a weekend.  Beware actually did have some money behind it, but nowhere near what it would have cost a major studio to make a movie.  More importantly, because the film was independently made, the filmmakers had total control of how things were done.  On top of that, all of the main actors were good and the crew seemed to know what they were doing.  Unlike many low budget movies, Beware didn't have any serious problems with audio and the lighting was mostly solid.  The soundtrack was well done and didn't distract from the film.  Even all of the songs in the movie sounded professional.  The end result is a pretty damn good movie that didn't get screwed up by some guy from the studio trying to second guess what people will pay to see!

Beware was made very much in the style of classic horror movies like Friday The 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween.  After the beginning where the story is set up, you've got a crazy guy running around killing people for the rest of the movie.  There is a twist at the end, but for the most part, this movie doesn't spend a lot of time trying to be the next Usual Suspects.  It just follows the 1980s template of getting a group of people together just so they can walk away from the group one at a time (or in pairs) to get killed.  The killings are awesomely bloody and they mix it up a little from victim to victim.  As an added bonus, they even gave the killer a pretty good back story and costume...again, like Friday The 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween.

One of the best things about this movie to me is that there are a lot of in-camera special effects.  They didn't try to do a bunch of the work on the computer in post.  That helped the film tremendously because usually those low budget computer effects just look like crap...even on TV shows that have a moderate budget.  When making Beware, they did things the old fashioned way and it really worked!  There are several great stunts too.

I'm not going to get too much into the story because you should already have a pretty good idea of what kind of movie this is just from what I've already said, but here's a quick overview.  A group of friends are headed on a road trip to check out a concert when they run into car trouble in a creepy, backwoods town.  The part that they need for their car won't be in until tomorrow, so they have to stay in town for the night.  Although the group isn't very excited about the idea of being stuck in the town, they don't know about its history of unsolved murders.  What happens next?  Check out the movie to find out!

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Gore-o-meter rating: 4.5 out of 5
(Gore galore!)

Skin-o-meter: 2 out of 5 (A few scenes with topless chicks, a couple of them are sex scenes)