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The Deaths of Ian Stone

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Jeff Nelson

The Deaths of Ian Stone isn't a bad flick, but it desperately needs fixing as the earlier section of the film makes a decent start of a horror/thriller.

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The After Dark Horrorfest is generally filled with hit and misses. Unfortunately, most of them are misses. I was extremely excited when I heard the synopsis for The Deaths of Ian Stone, because it sounded like it could be very creative. There's a lot of directions with this type of movie, but is the route taken with this film a good one?

Ian Stone finds himself trapped in a bizarre reality where he dies a horrific death every day at the hands of a killer, only to be resurrected and murdered again. Ian must get to the bottom of the mystery and break the cycle of death and rebirth. It essentially sounds like Groundhog Day with a horror/thriller twist on it. The dialogue throughout is a mix. As the film progresses, there are quite a few tacky lines that take away from the film. The final line of the film is absolutely terrible and destroys the ending.

It shouldn't be a surprise that the acting isn't too great. Mike Vogel and Jaime Murray are the only two actors worth mentioning. These two actors are fun to watch on screen. It's clear that the rest of the cast doesn't stand up to their acting abilities, although even Vogel and Murray aren't award winners.

A movie with this plot allows filmmakers to explore many visual styles. It's tough to describe situations with visuals without giving major spoilers. However, the CGI used in some of the deaths and what's out for Ian isn't used well. It's all obvious computer design and doesn't feel real whatsoever.

This is an example of the type of film that looks great on paper, but doesn't quite cut it on screen. The screenplay needs major revisions as parts feel rushed compared to other parts of the film. The final minute or two is absolutely awful and leaves a bad final taste for the audience. The concept is interesting and kept me hooked throughout. The Deaths of Ian Stone isn't a bad flick, but it desperately needs fixing as the earlier section of the film makes a decent start of a horror/thriller.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

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