Title: The Club

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Year: 1994

Genre: Horror / Comedy / Psychological

Language: English

Runtime: 90 min / 93 min (Canada, VHS version)

Director: Brenton Spencer

Writer: Robert C. Cooper

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109449/

Students are at Senior Prom, which takes place in a big old castle. When clock strikes midnight, time stops and everyone disappears except for a small group of seven people. Among them are five students, one guidance counselor and a person no one knows, John. As they try to figure out what has happened, they notice that something evil is lurking and taking over people, and they don't know who is good anymore. Time will tell that John is behind it all, and that he is far from being a regular bloke. He's recruiting people for his devilish "club", and the only ticket in is murder or suicide.

Our thoughts:
Movies that you loved growing up will always have a special place in your heart, and "The Club" is like that. There was something that I loved about this film, and that made me revisit this unknown Canadian flick from the same writer as the equally unknown film "The Dark".

The film starts out with a prom, and in just a matter of minutes time stops and it all starts. I found that it should've focused a bit more on the people involved before moving on to the horror. Anyway, what happens when time stops is that they all go insane. They hallucinate, attack eachother, see duplicates of themselves, and so on. All this meanwhile John, the "villain", walks around dropping funny one-liners and acts like a Freddy Krueger-ish (in "A Nightmare On Elm Street" part 4 and up) bad guy. We have a few scenes involving demons, or if you would call it/them the Devil, that's up to you. Most of the film is about them walking around meeting different hallucinations and evil versions of some person (be it themselves or someone else in the group). This goes on and on, and while the film does get more interesting towards the end when things are explained a bit, I don't feel it was enough to impress. It might sound more interesting than it really is, but the only reason I would ever watch this film again is to see John, which I remember liking the most about the film growing up too (which might've made me think I thought the rest of the film was good too). It takes about an hour before John gets a big part of the film, but he does such a good job at being the mean and sarcastic freak that he is.

There isn't much more I can say about the film. Watch it only if you're a huge fan of sarcastic villains, because this one has a great one. He was funny as fuck, even. Buuut, the plot doesn't work as good as it should have, we don't care about most of the characters, it drags alot and while it has decent effects, we only get to see them for a very short time. Overall, a very bland 90's film that isn't VERY bad, just not very good or worth the time, and it only managed to stay in my mind because of the bad guy in the film.

Positive things:
- John is seriously fucking great. Hilarious!
- Decent demons that we see for a second or two.
Negative things:
- There is alot, but worst thing would be that it drags.
- No DVD release. I think it would be worth owning on DVD because of John. Seriously.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 4/5

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