Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bonus CineFiles: Death Do Us Part and Trap For Cinderella!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Some weeks, I review more DVDs than the Indy can fit into print. You can look for extra write-ups here, on the IndyBlog.

Death Do Us Part (R)
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

As one can imagine from the very unsubtle title, Death Do Us Part is a matrimonial-themed horror flick that is actually a solid little cheapie that won’t have anyone filing for an annulment just yet. Kennedy is a typical movie dream-girl who has wanted nothing but the perfect wedding her whole life. Just as most of us would give up on that dream and settle for a shotgun and a justice of the peace, Ryan enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, giving her her much-vaunted nuptials. Things go horrifically awry however when, at the couple’s Jack-and-Jill bachelor party, a slasher who refuses to forever hold his peace takes care of the wedding party one by one. Even though Death Do Us Part has an ending that can be telegraphed miles away, it’s still an effective little time-waster. Not honeymoon-in-Bermuda worthy, but definitely a fun drunken night in the cheaper, B-movie version of Vegas. Reno, perhaps?

Trap For Cinderella (NR)
IFC Midnight

In the early ’90s, Iain Softley was a much-hyped promising director, having been the force behind the sadly overlooked Beatles biopic Backbeat and the ahead-of-its-time techno-thriller Hackers. But a couple of box-office stiffs (K-Pax, The Skeleton Key), and the dude disappears off the radar. That’s why when Trap for Cinderella appeared on my doorstep, I was more than enthused to check it out and see what he’s been up to. The results? Well, it’s not bad, but it’s not all that great, either. When a couple of childhood chums turned uber-hip hipsters reunite, what should have been a great little get-together turns terrible when a fire breaks out, leaving one friend burnt to a crisp and the other with amnesia, tracing her steps on a brutally long (and brutally slow) journey to self-rediscovery. The problem with Cinderella is that it feels like it should be better than it is, when all it is now is a cheap Skinemax thriller that seems to have not gotten past the first-draft screenplay stage. Fans of Softley will be delighted to know he’s still alive, but disappointed that his talent for filmmaking might not be anymore.

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