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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Triloquist: Unrated'
(Rocky Marquette, Payden LoPachin, et al / DVD / NR / 2008 / The Weinstein Company)

Overview: In a seedy Hollywood motel, a down-and-out ventriloquist overdoses in front of her son and daughter, scarring them for life. Eighteen years later, the son, who has not spoken a word since his mother’s suicide, and daughter, depart on a road trip to Las Vegas. Still haunted by their childhood memories, they are unable to fulfill their mother’s dying wishes to uphold the family bloodline and become great ventriloquists. Entranced by the dummy’s commands, the long journey plunges them further and further into darkness as they begin a murderous rampage across the desert.

DVD Verdict: OK, getting this straight from the start, I am a HUGE fan of horror. And so with that said, ... this movie is absolutely awful! Inded, 'Triloquist' is a disastrous attempt to blend something as raw as 'Natural Born Killers' with the classic Anthony Hopkins movie, 'Magic.' But somewhere along the way the whole project hit the crapper ... and if you make it, come the end you'll feel like you've been standing in much the same position throughout!

The story makes no sense. The siblings are on a mission to get the mute, ventriloquist brother laid - so they can create a magical child! For the storyline, the dummy is just kind of an add-on. He doesn't play much of a relevant role in the plot and isn't eerie. The gore is horribly cheesey. And the character of Norbert was so annoying that I really hated him from the moment he came on screen! Oh, but if you want really, really, really bad acting then sit thru the screen time given to lead actress Paydin LoPachin! Again, it's a woeful, shambolic set of performances!

I had thought that as this was being released from the Dimension / Extreme Series that it would be half-way decent event. Much like 'Automaton Transfusion'. But, it was complete garbage ... so please don't waste your time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come any Special Features.