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Overall Rating
1.54

Awesome: 8.33%
Worth A Look: 4.17%
Just Average: 4.17%
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Sucks83.33%

2 reviews, 12 user ratings



Chaos (2005)
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Wes Craven-call your lawyer!"
1 stars

In an act of theft so blatant that it makes “The Island” look like a Charlie Kaufman fountain of creativity by comparison, the new horror shocker “Chaos” is virtually a beat-for-beat remake of Wes Craven’s 1972 masterpiece “Last House of the Left,” right down to its inclusion of the ludicrous plot developments and inexplicable comedy relief moments that hampered Craven’s original work.

Like that earlier work, “Chaos” follows the story of two young girls (Chantal Degroat and Maya Barovich) who go off the score some drugs and wind up falling into the sadistic clutches of a quartet of sickos (Kevin Gage, Sage Stallone, Stephen Wozniak and Kelly K.C. Quann) who proceed to torture, rape and murder them (not necessarily in that order.) When their fun is over, the killers wind up spending the night at the home of the parents of one of the girls (because when your daughter has gone missing, there is no better time to open your home to strangers)–eventually, Mom and Dad discover what they have done and try to go for an eye for an eye (among other body parts).<

This might not have been a terrible idea (hey, Craven stole the plot for his film from Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring”) if writer-director David DeFalco had any sort of underlying reason for attempting such a thing–perhaps staging it as an experiment in art appropriation in the manner of Gus Van Sant’s ill-advised version of “Psycho.” However, it quickly becomes evident that DeFalco has nothing on his mind but simply redoing everything that Craven did thirty years ago with the only differences being a more misogynistic approach to the killings (plenty of nipple and genital mutilation) and an out-of-nowhere slapstick approach to the final scene. What DeFalco apparently never realized was that Craven’s film was unusually effective, despite its shortcomings, because you actually cared about the two victims and hoped that they would somehow overcome the brutality that they were undergoing. By comparison, DeFalco sees the girls simply as pieces of meat to be sliced up by his bad-ass killers and nothing more. (Matters aren’t helped by the fact that the two girls are so spectacularly idiotic that it is impossible to develop any sympathy for them or their plight.)<

Additionally, Craven also confounded expectations by giving his film a strange sort of moral underpinning–at a certain point, though it is too late for them to do anything about it, his fiends realize that they have crossed a line to the point where they are sickened by what they have done. Therefore, when the parents go on their equally brutal rampage of revenge, there is no sense of joy or release, only the sick and sad sensation of how random acts of senseless violence can destroy entire lives in an instant. Without that aspect, “Chaos” simply becomes a geek show without any point or motive other than to once again trot out the now-tired notion that by showing incredibly sadistic scenes of torture, the filmmakers are somehow being profound and transgressive with actually having to put any real effort into it.

Crude, stupid, horribly acted, repellent and jaw-droppingly derivative (even the ads directly copy “Last House,” right down to the memorable tag “Keep Repeating to Yourself:’It’s Only a Movie!’”), “Chaos” is a pathetic little piece of trash that is so useless that it makes me think that I might have been a little too hard on “The Devil’s Rejects.”

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originally posted: 08/12/05 00:26:51
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User Comments

10/17/13 Bagelbutcher More fearless films like this needed today. 5 stars
11/05/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess My bowl movements that have more substance then this. Fuck this movie 1 stars
8/05/10 howard gordon what are you looking for a cinematic masterpiece. give me a break. 3 stars
3/11/08 Saoirse What a pile of pompous crap. 1 stars
8/21/07 John This movie isnt completely supposed to be a "fun to watch" movie, its to warn ppl.. 4 stars
4/01/07 Shobert I hate to repeat what's already been said, but...a cinematic fart, this is. 1 stars
10/14/06 Cayle FUCKING SICK!! turned it off after the first 45 minutes! 1 stars
9/29/06 Pritchett EIN POOP DIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/06/05 Bitchum Pathetic little piece of trash would describe the movie, the makers, and the fans of it. 1 stars
9/04/05 manson fuckin awsome 5 stars
8/19/05 Cardigan If the cast and crew had collectively pooped on the celluloid, it would be a better film. 1 stars
8/19/05 Gaston Wow, a movie this bad and it doesn't have Uwe Boll's name on it???? Fascinating! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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