Friday, October 23, 2015

Cube (1997)

Starring: Maurice Dean Wint, Nicole deBoer, David Hewlett

Run time: 1:30:00
Quick Synopsis:  Six strangers find themselves trapped in a deadly maze.

Vincenzo Natali put on a clinic in low-budget filmmaking when he made this cult classic.  Cube checks all of the boxes that need to be filled when working with limited resources.  The plot is both original and interesting, the acting is good enough, and the film makes you think throughout.  Most importantly, Natali is able to make a small set feel like a limitless maze that plays the main foe during the film.  This foe helps to give solid insight into the human mind and how it works with adversity and anxieties.  There is a decent amount of tension built throughout and will help to keep the viewers attention with ease.  The effects are simple, but definitely work in this setting.  There are some points where the dialogue can either get corny or just plain bad, however, it never takes you out of the moment.  Additionally, if you care more about a few shitty phrases than the films ability to dissect how fear and paranoia affect the actions of the characters, you are a pretty worthless person.  Cube is a great low-budget awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: The film was shot on a single 14' by 14' set that is made to look like many "cubes" using different-colored panels.

Hidden Gem: All of the characters are named after prisons.

Total Kill Count:
Alderson- Julian Richings (3:00) Body Sliced into Sections Gore Rating: 7
Rennes- Wayne Robson (16:00) Acid to the Face Gore Rating: 8
Holloway- Nicky Guadagni (58:00) Dropped a Long Way Down Gore Rating: 1
Leaven- Nicole deBoer (1:22:00) Stabbed in the Back Gore Rating: 
Quentin- Maurice Dean Wint (1:24:00) Cut in Half Gore Rating: 5
Worth- David Hewlett (1:26:00) Stabbed in Stomach Gore Rating: 6

             Horror Film: 8
             Entertainment: 8
             Gore: 6
             Overall: 7.5