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      Heartstopper

      2006 1h 25m Horror List
      Reviews 21% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Savage serial killer Chambers (James Binkley) is arrested by Sheriff Berger (Robert Englund) and sentenced to death in the electric chair. After his execution, it seems the world is a little safer -- until the body is brought to the hospital morgue, where it's reanimated by a murderous demon. The possessed Chambers sets his sights on Sara (Meredith Henderson), a suicidal teen in the hospital, while Walter (Nathan Stephenson), another young patient from the ward, tries to protect her. Read More Read Less

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      Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Well-made, but standard. Nov 3, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Stop your heart Directed Bob Keen, best known for working on Dog Soldiers, Event Horizon, & Hellraiser, directs his best in Heartstopper, a supernatural horror slasher starring Robert Englund, Meredith Henderson, James Binkley, & Nathan Stephenson. Heartstopper was one of the best movies I've seen in a while. But at first glance, it was just a normal slasher rehash of Jason and the Friday the 13th series. Possibly Robert Englund's best movie or career move since the Nightmare On Elm Street series, this movie almost certainly eclipses in that popularly acclaimed title if you even go by the standards of cinematics such as believability, cinematography (for the most part excellently handled by David Mitchell), and acting. The plot is similar, and heavy in it's dutiful commitment to the unoriginality of yet another supernatural serial killer in the already over-saturated market. Let's face it though, there's quite a high bar for Heartstopper to meet. To say that it over-qualifies is an understatement. In this movie, we begin with the obvious necessities in horror, the threat of extreme danger in the form of an inmate who has killed quote; "A gazillion" people. It's fairly obvious by the casting of Robert Englund as the sheriff in charge of his execution, the danger is going to be more extreme than we might be ready for. There is a man who we normally fear in charge now, and we feel safe. Seeing the killer, Chambers, in the electric chair is an early satisfaction that this movie will make up for in short time. Next, the character development happens so rapidly, we are almost rooting for the villain for a while. But surely as we get to the scene where the killer's power is revealed, we soon understand that his obsession for human hearts is more than a superficiality or gimmick, it's his superpower. But more than that, it's a metaphor for the wrath of the epitomized sin of humanity, exhibited in the killer's own admittance of motivation, as well as his supposed hidden motive of self-disgust. The camera stays active, although trapped in the halls of an old insane asylum for the duration of the film. But it seems like most of the camera work is done off-screen, where our imaginations are oft lead to go astray in confused assumptive attempts to make sense of what literally seems like at first to be hell on earth. The characters who seem weak, are the ones left at the end, and by now they are strengthened to their maximum giving the heartfelt acting towards the end an extra charge of imminent importance in the wake of the extra-excessive gore effects used in absence of a substantial need for an exaggerated plot. It's simple, it works, and it's scary. As for that old scare factor, though, less attention is put on it than normal for this type of fare. Most of the times that I jumped out of my seat were actually from just the raising tension when I was suspending myself in midair ready to shout "NO! DON'T GO AROUND THAT CORNER!" Thankfully this was a DVD release, and I wasn't blocking anybody's view behind me in a theater. Get your budget dollars ready next time you visit the DVD store. Looking for a showstopper? Get Heartstopper. Your guaranteed to miss at least a beat. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A Heavily Clichéd Stalk And Slash Movie Which Combines Elements From Halloween 2 & Dark Magic As The Killer Rips Out The Beating Hearts Of His Victims. A Bad Script, Plot & No Tension Is Built Up Successfully. However The Bad Script Doesn't Make The Cast Performances Corny Or Wooden But Merely Just Good Or Acceptable. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Yet another one that I just could not force myself to finish. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Watch Shocker instead. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Average horror about a mental let loose in a hospital. Some killer dude seems to be genuinely evil, like, has powers sent from hell evil. So when he escapes inside a hosptal where he was put after being executed all types of shit starts happening. Although Heartstopper runs along at a decent pace its nothing we haven't seen before and none of the protagonists are that likeable; the main girl appears to be a bit of a slag and the guy that helps her out seems to be a twat! Other than that, theres an appearance from Robert Englund which is probably its only real selling point. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member *** This review may contain spoilers *** Heartstopper (2006) 10/10 ***WARNING*** Explicit language Possible spoilers... "You have the right to shut the f*ck up!" Directed Bob Keen, best known for working on Dog Soldiers, Event Horizon, & Hellraiser, directs his best in Heartstopper, a supernatural horror slasher starring Robert Englund, Meredith Henderson, James Binkley, & Nathan Stephenson. Heartstopper was one of the best movies I've seen in a while. But at first glance, it was just a normal slasher rehash of Jason and the Friday the 13th series. Possibly Robert Englund's best movie or career move since the Nightmare On Elm Street series, this movie almost certainly eclipses in that popularly acclaimed title if you even go by the standards of cinematics such as believability, cinematography (for the most part excellently handled by David Mitchell), and acting. The plot is similar, and heavy in it's dutiful commitment to the unoriginality of yet another supernatural serial killer in the already over-saturated market. Let's face it though, there's quite a high bar for Heartstopper to meet. To say that it over-qualifies is an understatement. In this movie, we begin with the obvious necessities in horror, the threat of extreme danger in the form of an inmate who has killed quote; "A gazillion" people. It's fairly obvious by the casting of Robert Englund as the sheriff in charge of his execution, the danger is going to be more extreme than we might be ready for. There is a man who we normally fear in charge now, and we feel safe. Seeing the killer, Chambers, in the electric chair is an early satisfaction that this movie will make up for in short time. Next, the character development happens so rapidly, we are almost rooting for the villain for a while. But surely as we get to the scene where the killer's power is revealed, we soon understand that his obsession for human hearts is more than a superficiality or gimmick, it's his superpower. But more than that, it's a metaphor for the wrath of the epitomized sin of humanity, exhibited in the killer's own admittance of motivation, as well as his supposed hidden motive of self-disgust. The camera stays active, although trapped in the halls of an old insane asylum for the duration of the film. But it seems like most of the camera work is done off-screen, where our imaginations are oft lead to go astray in confused assumptive attempts to make sense of what literally seems like at first to be hell on earth. The characters who seem weak, are the ones left at the end, and by now they are strengthened to their maximum giving the heartfelt acting towards the end an extra charge of imminent importance in the wake of the extra-excessive gore effects used in absence of a substantial need for an exaggerated plot. It's simple, it works, and it's scary. As for that old scare factor, though, less attention is put on it than normal for this type of fare. Most of the times that I jumped out of my seat were actually from just the raising tension when I was suspending myself in midair ready to shout "NO! DON'T GO AROUND THAT CORNER!" Thankfully this was a DVD release, and I wasn't blocking anybody's view behind me in a theater. Get your budget dollars ready next time you visit the DVD store. Looking for a showstopper? Get Heartstopper. Your guaranteed to miss at least a beat. "Well, most would call it the stuff of nightmares, I'm afraid." Heartstopper (2006) 10/10 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Savage serial killer Chambers (James Binkley) is arrested by Sheriff Berger (Robert Englund) and sentenced to death in the electric chair. After his execution, it seems the world is a little safer -- until the body is brought to the hospital morgue, where it's reanimated by a murderous demon. The possessed Chambers sets his sights on Sara (Meredith Henderson), a suicidal teen in the hospital, while Walter (Nathan Stephenson), another young patient from the ward, tries to protect her.
      Director
      Bob Keen
      Screenwriter
      Vlady Pildysh, Warren P. Sonoda
      Production Co
      PA Heartstopper Films
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 13, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 25m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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