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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

[3.50/10] Rovdyr a.k.a. Manhunt (2008)



Manhunt (2008)

After some surprisingly good Norwegian horror flicks I've seen in the past couple of years, like "Cold Prey" and its sequel, "Dead Snow" and "Detour", I was expecting yet another decent Scandinavian horror. Sadly, with "Manhunt", the case wasn't the same. This slasher was so dull, so completely plot-less, so pathetically pointless and so 'entertaining', it literally put me to sleep. It's set in the 70's and follows a group of friends going camping in the woods. They stop at a remote truck stop and pick up a hitchhiker. S... read morehe is obviously scared and traumatized and this worsens as they head for the woods. Against her warnings, they stop the van and end up kidnapped by some psycho backwoodsmen. They wake up to the sound of a hunting horn and it doesn't take long to realize that they are the prey. Well, this movie was exactly as dumb as its synopsis sounds. The main characters were not only completely undeveloped, but also total morons, as they acted stupidly and illogically in almost every situation, whether is important or not. The acting was sub-par form almost everyone involved. Actually, the only things the actors, mainly females, had to do was running, looking terrified and screaming loudly. So unpredictable! Speaking of predictability, the whole story was very much so - it's been done million times before, and better. "Manhunt" also lacked tension and suspense. What we get is tons of gore and violence, and gruesomely killed innocent people, murdered without any motivation whatsoever. One a positive note, the gore and make-up effects were well-made and very convincing, as they made the death scene seem realistic. Direction was nothing to write home about. All in all, despite the excellent gore effects and well-handled death sequences, "Rovdyr" arguably remains the weakest slasher film Norway has ever delivered. It's unimaginative, poorly-crafted and offers zero entertainment value.

  • My Rating: 3.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
  • IMDb: 5.0/10

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