02 October 2014

JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD [/Slash Filmfestival 2014]


USA, 2014
Director: Carter Smith


Several things about "Jamie Marks is Dead", the adaptation of Christopher Barzak's 2007 novel "One for Sorrow", made me go madly excited for it:
The fact that it's director Carter Smith's first feature since the insanely awesome 2008 gorefest "The Ruins", the fact that my beloved cuties Liv Tyler & Judy Greer star in it, and the fact that the music was composed by Fran├žois-Eudes Chanfrault, the genius behind the outstanding scores in "High Tension" or "Inside".

Unfortunately, apart from the music, some good acting and a couple of haunting images, "Jamie Marks is Dead" is one of the lamest and most frustrating borefests of this year, revolving around the slightly homo-erotic relationship between an annoying teenager and an undead Harry Potter look-a-like who lives in wall closets and demands to get words whispered into his ear.

Loads of unintentionally hilarious scenes ("Give me another word!"), a screenplay that possesses more holes than a piece of Emmental cheese, no sympathetic characters whatsoever, scenes that make no sense, scenes that are completely expendable, awkward cuts, horrid pacing and endless boredom. Undoubtedly the worst movie of this year's /Slash. Mr. Smith, what is wrong with you?


  1. Sounds just awful. Thanks for taking one for the team on this one!


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