With Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Tom Atkins, Betsy Rue, Edi Gathegi, Kevin Tighe, Megan Boone

Written by Todd Farmer & Zane Smith (based on the 1981 story and screenplay by John Beaird & Stephen Miller)
Directed by Patrick Lussier

I still remember the original slasher flick on which this is based (part of the ‘80s wave of masked teen-killers in the wake of successes like Halloween). Much of the story is retained including the mining town and our hacker in question’s gear – gas mask and pick-axe. After a mining accident (caused by Tom Hanniger - the son of the mine's owner), one of the workers (Harry Warden) kills his co-miners in order to survive the limited oxygen supply. In a coma in the hospital, Harry awakes on Valentine's Day and escapes after he massacres everyone in his way (including a bunch of teens having a party at one of the mining shafts). The cops chase him down and shoot him - but is he dead? This question arises a decade later when Tom Hanniger returns - to sell off the non-productive mine after his father's death. His ex-girlfriend has married Axel, another school buddy (now the sheriff). But a bloody vision from the past in a gas-mask, wielding a pick-axe has also returned. Is Harry back to finalize his vengeance? The jealous Axel suspects Tom, but everyone's looking over their shoulders as the sleepy town is suddenly dumped into hysteria, the bodies starting to pile up (including those of all Axel's exes and affairs).
Where Halloween and Friday The 13th got the snowball rolling, these and many other movies from its era (incl. Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Prom Night and The Hills Have Eyes) got the recent remake treatment (but not always successfully).
What set this one apart on its theatrical release was the utilization of the new digital 3D technology for added eye-poking cheap chills. Unfortunately in South Africa the DVD release is the standard edition (where foreign releases give you both options, plus a couple sets of 3D glasses).

The only extra feature is an EPK which consists of a deleted scenes and outtakes collection.

2 / C
- Paul Blom

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- A - B
- C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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