'Nobody Gets Out Alive'
(Clint Howard, Brian Gallagher, Jen Dance, Shaun Paul Costello, Chelsey Garner, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / IMAGE Entertainment)
Overview: Hunter Isth's life is ruined when his young daughter is killed by a drunk teen driver. Angry, Hunter disappears into the woods and as years go by, Hunter and his devastating story evolve into an urban horror myth. A myth that many consider to be just that, until a group of partying teenagers are brutally murdered one by one!
DVD Verdict: Firstly, how Clint Howard gets major billing is beyond me as he's only in the movie for a few minutes at the start and 30 seconds at the end! And his acting in those few minutes is as bad as it gets. Which fits this movie down to the ground, in truth, for there's not much in the way of quality acting on show.
But, that said, it's a cheaply-made slasher flick that does the job on a wet, dark, Thursday night sat in with mates - and beer! People are claiming that Jason Christopher's 'Nobody Gets Out Alive' (or, as it was first called 'Punishment' and then 'Down The Road') is in the great tradition of the early 'Friday the 13th' films. But that's a load of old bollocks! It's just a dimly shot, badly-acted, cheap run-of-the-mill slasher that hits all the right notes of "I wouldn't do that," etc.
Anyhoo, as for the actual movie, we start in 2000 when the tragic accident occurs, which is the first moment you consider turning the movie off! I mean, the 12 year-old girl is killed playing hop scotch ... on the main road!! Come on now, what self-respecting father is going to paint hop scotch squares on a busy main road for his daughter to hop her way to death? And then the paramedic that gets out of the ambulence to treat her is 300lbs plus! Seriously, he can barely get out of the truck and he's a paramedic?!
In the bunch of brats getting killed that you honestly don't care about from moment number one, are the usual jocks and pretty girls, the loner female, the weirdo (the best actor in the whole movie!) and the virgin trying to get laid! Only one gets out alive, so the title's a big fat lie to begin with. But as the movie itself says at the end, 'Nobody Gets Out Alive II tells everything - see you for the next chapter'! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs. This DVD also features an Audio Commentary, a "Making Of” Retrospective, Outtakes and a Hello Cleveland music video for 'Lost Here Forever.'