A group of British college students who are close friends embark on a night of intense partying including alcohol and drugs, and while under the influence, intent on a bit of fun, try to establish a link with the spirit world using a homemade Ouija board. However, fun is the last thing on their minds when the Ouija board spells out the words All Die, and they give up on the board before closing the link to the spirit world and, unknown to them, unleash something evil into their world, and it isnt long before one of them is murdered by an unseen force. Soon they all find themselves terrified for their lives, as the spirit they have let out begins to kill them off, one by one.
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I see by the other reviews here I'm the lone ranger but, nonetheless, I was surprised that this movie actually kept me interested and was actually a little frightening towards the end. Let me put it this way: there's a whole lot of so-called "horror" movies I've seen in recent years (slasher films, the Screams, the Final Destinations, the Last Summer flicks, 13 Ghosts, etc.) and I'd put this movie a few notches above them. Truly scary movies are harder and harder to come by and this one delivered for me.
What exactly is the point of movies like "Long Time Dead"? What are theinvestors and producers thinking when they get such a movie? I can't fathomit.Firstly the story-line and characters are atrocious. We have a bunch of"mad" young people who like to go out and do "cool things" in night clubs.To show just how hip they all are they do drugs and dance to flashing lightsequences and thumping music. So basically the same as every Brit flick everthere - each character trying to have an edge but only ending up beingirritating. That's just as well because - shock! horror! - they all startdying mysteriously after messing with a Ouija board. My God killing yourcast off one by one - how original! The worst bit being I guessed correctlyevery twist and turn of the movie. How dull.I think the acting deserves a bit of a mention here. The Academy can resteasy in that they won't be doing the world an injustice by not consideringthis film for nomination. Someone ought to teach the cast about the conceptof over-acting because it's done to cringe-inducing effect here (and actuallaughter from the cinema audience I was with). The actors don't even investenough ability into their roles for me to able to distinguish theircharacters. I ended up just waiting for their performances to stop in theform of a corpse.Finally the directing is poor too. The "scares" are consistently producedsolely through the use of a (very) traditional horror movie score: make thecellos go faster and then counterpoint them with a loud noise. That's it. Nouse of other directorial techniques such as cinematography or lighting - the"scare" is just a tired old musical trick and feels almostpainful."Long Time Dead" is not the worst movie ever but it does not merit a cinemarelease. It feels, acts and plays like a straight-to-video feature and isinstantly forgettable. Don't waste your time on this one.
After a rather listless start, this surprisingly effective little shocker becomes a very competent and suspenseful movie. Although we have been swamped with the Djinn in the four WISHMASTER movies, the Djinn in this one is a little different than the wishmaster's. A group of burned out college kids mistakenly summon the Arabic fire demon while messing around with a customized ouija board. The Djinn possesses one of the gang and starts bumping everybody off; if he can kill them all, he will be free. Of course, the prime suspect is the son of a serial killer who just happened to be at a ouija gathering in 1979 Morocco. The movie has some tense moments, and a pretty good cast. Alec Newman is good as Liam, as is Lukas Haas (Witness) as the video freak. Joe Absolom (Extreme Ops) does a nice job as the nerdy Rob. Noted British character actor Tom Bell also steps in as the strange landlord, Becker.All in all, I found the identity of the Djinn quite surprising, and the movie delivers its jolts with a surprise ending, too.
I disagree with the movie viewers who said this movie is not scary. To clarify , I think what they mean is that it's not a slasher movie with blood and screaming and sensless plot lines. This movie is recommended for scary movie buffs who like classic horror like warlock, the excorsist, Blair witch, or the Ring. It has a decent plot, a classic horror subject like ouiji boards, and the element of the unknown. If you loved Friday the thirteenth, you probobly won't enjoy this. I loved Long Time Dead and defenitely recommend it to collectors of rainy night, watch while in your pjs, kind of films.
The last film I saw that was supposed to be scary (JeepersCreepers)just wasn't at all.There's much more of an atmosphere to this one, and the fact thatitsBritish makes it even better - no American high school types inthis!I guess if you read too much into it or over analyse it you can spoilit for yourself, but go see it and relax.Probably not a best of genre but a good film, with a IMHO goodending.
Some teenagers start messing with a ouija board in the basement of anightclub and unwittingly summon an ancient fire-demon that begins to stalkand kill them in rather grisly fashion. All hell breaks loose. That's the basic premise of this pretty decent horror flick. I thought thestory was great, very creepy and I've always found this sort of subjectmatter very intriguing. I can't complain about the actors, they all did apretty decent job. What did suck about this movie? Its very heavy reliance on the use oftired, horror-movie mechanics to get the thrills and chills, most notablythe use of creepy music. It got so ridiculously repetitive and made itrather predictable. It would have been nice if the director had taken theinitiative to explore other techniques to deliver something that stood outmore in the already bloated pool of teen-slasher flicks. Another gripe iswith the editing/story. It's fine until the end of the movie, but therewere a couple of scenes that left you just going 'huh'? Sure, it's alrightto let the audience fill in the blanks sometimes, but these blanks were abit too un-fillableSo overall, fans of the genre will undoubtedly enjoy it, and despite thedirector's cookie-cutter approach to the making of it, it's really not thatbad a movie - thanks to the story. Catch it on the big screen or give it arental.
The film revolves around a session on a Ouija board that goes horriblywrong. the story moves fast and the film seems over veryquickly.included along the way are few shocks and suprises that made me and thewifejump... the usual annoying scenes where cars dont start and a young womanbeing chased falls over, are gladly not included here.in short its a film worth watching, there are better films of this type,butthere is certainly alot worse too
No offence to British film-makers, hey I'm British, but they are usuallyvery, very bad at creating horror films, so I didn't really know what toexpect when I went to see this film, but it got into the cinema so it mustbe worth it, with the exception of, 'Jay and Silent Bob strike back!' and'Dog Soldiers' (that was a bit unoriginal and had some pretty pathetic linesin it), I mean. But actually it was quite good, lots of jumps and I likedthe characters, at times it was quite scary and I thought the ouji (don'tknow how to spell it) board idea was good, people say its unoriginal buthey, how many movies about ouji boards have you seen? Anyway I found thisquite a good film and the acting was quite good, I thought the way it wasshot was really cool and gave a great effect to the movie, overall I give it******** out of ********** for a horror flickGood Movie!Top_Movie_Fan-Fave-Film_Powder_4eva!
I know after a night of going out on the town drinking, drugging anddancing there is nothing I enjoy more than kicking back and playingsome Ouija with friends! My first complaint right off the bat is thegroup were apparently at a rave and didn't seem the least bit high ordrunk. It's called acting people! It's not their fault completely. Thewriting is terrible. There is no way this could have looked good onpaper. The story is dumb. It actually gets more and more convoluted asthe film wears on until it comes to its utterly ridiculous ending. Itis jammed packed full of every teen slasher horror clichÃ© you canpossibly imagine. The intense build up, that turns out to be a friend,cat etc. The going into dark deserted areas when something is chasingyou (in this case a freaking demon!). A cartoon-ish old man with anominous warning. In addition to this, all the kills are off screen andthe gore is slim. If you are going to make a film that revolves arounda demon it is best if you have a budget to work with. If your budget istight, make it all about the demon. At least if your film sucks than ifnothing else you have a cool demon. Critics like myself would say "Heythat film really sucked, but that demon was super cool". This film is adogs breakfast. What a mess!
After watching the premiere of this movie on TV on the night of the 30th of October I couldn't get to sleep easily as the film was relatively scary. I'll admit it didn't scare and excite me as much as "The Ring" but heck it still made me jump. The suspense and tension built up was clever and the music helped a lot to do this. The mystery of the story is cleverly constructed and when you do find out who the possesed person is you are taken by surprise. The only down-side of this movie is the frequent repetition of the "slow-moving, hearing noises" areas. But apart from that this movie is a good one to watch at night. Very good if you want some girl snuggling up to you when you're watching it!
I was lucky enough to catch a preview screening of this back in June 2000,and I will say that it is actually very good. Recent British Horrorshaven't really been up to scratch, but this provides everything you needfora good time, and a good scare. Also, it stars the lovely Lara Belmont, andthe talented Lukas Haas, so that makes it worth watching anyway!! I ratedit7 and reccommend it to any scare fan.
I like this movie , great cast with a good story that weaves in and out and makes for a interesting demons from beyond kind of movie. This is a very tame as far as blood, gore and nakedness but the story does not need it. I hate to say it folks the Brits have really been stepping up to the plate with the horror movie genre and I hope they keep them coming.
I was really looking forward to this film and huddled up on the sofawith a glass of wine last night to watch it. As a horror movie fan, Iwas expecting something different from a British film and I certainlygot my wish. While watching this steaming pile of horsesh*it, my mindwandered off to the point that I actually thought I'd fallen asleep.Suffice to say that I hadn't dropped off but suffered some temporarymemory loss induced by this celluloid form of sedative. I couldn't careless who'd been killed, who was going to be killed or who the damnDjinn was. There was no continuity, the acting was truly abysmal andthe plot had more holes than a slice of emmental cheese. If you'resuffering from insomnia try this movie.
Hip cast, atmospheric cinematography, pleasing productiondesign, but what lets this promising debut down is it's lack oforiginality. Marcus Adams has a visually confident , kinetic approach, butthere is nothing new or exciting about his take on the genre.Inventive shots (the likes of Argento, Coen Bros and Raimi) andcreative suspense sequences (the likes of Hitchcock andSpielberg) are sadly lacking. Instead the dots are joined together, leading us through a repatative body count reminiscent ofHammer's 'Blood From The Mummys Tomb'. Most scenes begin with a character walking though a room callingout another character's name, their progress towards apredictable demise accompanied by stock string suspensemusic.At a time when the genre is being deconstructed ('Scream') ortreated as extreme realism ('Blair Witch') it is ill advised to followsuch an old fashioned, threadbare formula - as it is to present uswith a rubber masked Djinn in a banaal attempt to scare us.(Didn't they see the studio cut of Val Lewtons 'Night Of TheDemon'? - First rule of horror - never show the monster.The films biggest problem is that it fails to focus its point of viewon one likeable character. As the body count progresses you don'tcare who dies because you are not given an emotional perspective to identify with. In the latter stages there is an attemptto focus, but the character of choice is the least sympathetic andhis backstory only serves to round up the plot and give some kindof context to the killings.One scene worthy of note however involves the spiritualist trappedin a canal barge as the killer moves above her - reminiscent of ValLewton's seminal swimming pool scene in 'Cat People' andRobert Wise's 'The Haunting'.Lets hope Mr Adams learns his lessons in time for 'Octane'currently shooting in the US.
After watching such teen horror movies as Cherry Falls and I know whatyou did last summer, I expected this to be similar: Too gory, tooboring and too badly acted.I was wrong.Long time dead, A film in which a group of friends decide to have anight out, making out, getting high and dancing in the process, releasea djinn (arabian Fire demon) accidentally while using a Ouija board.Unfortunately for them The evil demon doesn't like the idea and paysthem back by killing them one at a time......The film to me, seems much darker and more evil than "i Know what youdid last summer" with scenes in places that would creep you out if youhad your whole family with you, it doesn't help that they live in anold house with a "strange" landlord. This also brings a few faults intothe film by more of them later.The plot is pretty good and the way the students get killed isimpressive, while many parts of the film can be quite scary.Faults: Well the fact that they are always in scary places ruins theplot, I mean if someone's trying to kill you, would you go into darkrooms? Or go ANYWHERE alone? me nether....The other bad part of the film is that we quite often see thecharacters running away from the evil demon which does get a bitannoying after a while.All In all I think this film is very good, better than many I haveseen.
I've just got home from the cinema after watching this film. At first Ihaveto say I was disappointed because it looked as if the projectionist hadlined the film up wrong and there was about 8 inches missing from the top.The truth is it was bad camara work in the making of thefilm.The movie itself had a good plot, with some promising young actors. Ifthiswas a Hollywood movie then I'm sure it would be a smash hit around theworld.However, letting the British industry down is a very bed production crewwhonot only don't know how to operate a camara and edit properly but they hadan overhead microphone in practically every indoor scene.To top off the film, a scene at the end in a mental asylum has the camarazooming out from the door of a cell, only to show the 7foot high set withthe big open space for the patient to escape from!!7/10 for plot5/10 for acting1/10 for production
Okay, so this is not the best horror film ever to be released, but itcertainly isn't as bad as a lot of people make out. One thing I was verypleased to see was that it was an English horror, of which you don't seevery many. I went into this film having persuaded a friend NOT to seeanother film, having seen no trailers or advertising for it, and I waspleased that I'd spent my Â£3.25 on this rather than "The PrincessDiaries"!This film was the first to make me scream and jump, and produces quite afew"jumpy" moments. i.e. the eyes in the cupboard, I'm sorry, that got me!!Another thing that I was relieved about was there was no "high school"scenes or wannabe Americans. One of the best scenes was where the maincharacter (forgive me for not knowing the name) is trapped under his bed.Twist at the ending, which was refreshing!! Altogether not a bad film, notbad at all!
A group of college students at an all night party decide to play with a Ouija board. What starts out as fun turns into a nightmare when the board spells out the words "ALL DIE". As they finnished, they soon discover a series of disturbing murders that might be caused by an otherworldly force. The plot has an interesting twist which saves the film from becoming a piece of trash. But I didn't see it expecting it to be a piece of trash, I saw it because I want a movie to be fun. My prayers have been answered by this great movie. The direction is clevery stylish and wrtier/director Marcus Adams truly knows horror. He knows how to deliver scares and jolts and don't forget, he knows how to tell a good story. The actors did an extremely good job here. Unlike other Low Budget slasher movies. So overall, the horror fans should give this a watch. It's friday night cinema in your home and I got some hot liquid for your popcorn... and it's non-dairy.
Being a Catholic I was very apprehensive about seeing this film as itdealswith the occult and Ouija boards. It has an on-the-edge-of your-seat feel.The young cast plays out amazingly well. English viewers will recogniseJoeAbsolom and Marsha Thompson. Lukas Haas adds to the international mix. Ifyou've seen this and Thir13en Ghosts, you will know that this is thebetterof the two - That's my opinion anyway. This is simply an amazing film, youwon't believe that it's a Brit-flick.It gives a new meaning to the words 'Scary Movie'A few words of advice if you see this at night, you won't wanna go tosleepfor hours!!
This movie was nothing special. It was not even scary. I can't even write about it. The story is bad, acting is bad, direction doesn't exist, visuals, what visuals??? MEDIOCRE MOVIE!