Killer Instinct (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I'm not sure if the Guinness folks have started that record for "most clichés" yet, but this movie could be a contender.

First of all, you have all the "Halloween-type" clichés. Something awful happened 15 years ago. Some people did something awful to somebody else. Now, 15 years later, a revenge situation is occurring.

Then you have all the haunted house clichés. Eight seemingly spoiled kids decide to spend the night in a haunted house. They are brutally murdered one by one. Who could the murderer be?

How do the two stories wind together?  

  • The guy who was killed 15 years ago was eliminated because seven corporate directors needed his land. They have now become incredibly rich and successful. 

  • The kids in the haunted house walk past an old homeless lady who says "you kids think you can do anything because your parents run the company". Aha, these are the children of the murderers, now being murdered.


Bridgette Brooks and Andrea Langi are topless at various times. Brooks does a sex scene near the intro. Langi does a sex scene followed by a shower.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. OK transfer of a dark movie

  • no features

Now here's the math portion of your bad movie SAT.

There are eight kids in the haunted house. There are only seven directors in the company. Who is the eighth kid?

If you guessed the daughter or son of the murder victim, you scored 800. 

I don't think I have to tell you which one of the eight kids survives the evening, and I think you probably know who the murderer was.

Avoid this movie 

The Critics Vote

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The People Vote ...

IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics - or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D. It isn;t that awful, and would have been a C- if made in 1968, but it's gone down because you've already seen it.

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