When an old friend (Milo Ventimiglia) turns up dead, mourning teenage gamers (led by Jon Foster) uncover an ultrarealistic video game based on the true story of a 17th century hellcat known as the "Blood Countess" and find it impossible to resist the temptation to play. Each eventually shares the fate of his or her gaming persona and dies violently. But if there's no one left to play, who will defeat the countess? Frankie Muniz co-stars.
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- William Brent Bell
URUnrated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that film includes frequent references to killing and images of murder. Though most of the violent acts (stabbing, shooting, neck-slicing) are intimated rather than graphic, the bloody effects are very visible. The video game at the film's center is based on a real-life legend (a 17th-century Hungarian Countess who supposedly killed hundreds of children), and her young, white-gowned victim-ghosts appear as bloody, ravaged and broken (digitized) forms. After first murders (including a hanging), characters attend a funeral. One character lies about her family background (pretending to be of a higher social class). One early sex scene features two naked young people, one in a pig mask; the primary couple kisses near the end (typically, just when you think they should be running away!). Two characters smoke cigarettes; one smokes marijuana via a bong.
- Sexual Content
- Early sex scene shows two young people, from the back, one wearing a pig mask; reference to " PDA sex thing" player gets excited and says, " can feel it in my pants."
- Frequent jump scenes and scary music (not so effective, but the intent is clear); film opens on bloody eye; reference to a childhood trauma in which a father burned his wife to death and left his son to die; video game violence is bloody and brutal (stabbing, dismembering, hanging, shooting, crossbowing); real-life characters are similarly abused, and also run down by a horse-drawn carriage, splatted in a car (seen from a distance, blood on windows), nailed in the head, hung upside down, set on fire.
- Some profanity, including s-word, "," hell," "," "," " Jesus," and some sexual innuendo.
- Social Behavior
- Gamers are so devoted to their avocation that they don't attend to legal or other niceties; cops are arrogant and ineffectual; the monstrous Countess, of course, only means to grind them all down.
- Alienware PCs, Steamboy movie poster, Fresca soda, Pontiac GTO.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters smoke cigarettes; one character appears passed out, then reveals the reason: a huge bong.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it