Title: Game Over

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Year: 2009

Genre: Horror / Splatter

Language: English, German

Runtime: 89 min

Director: Timo Rose

Writer: Timo Rose

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509123/

Even though Tina, an American Scream Queen, is living in Germany these days, her friends and fellow Scream Queens, Melody and Eala, fly over to visit and celebrate Tina's birthday with her. While celebrating by drunkenly stumbling through a park, the three women are attacked by psychopath who takes them back to his home. Once there, he plans on brutally torturing the women for the entertainment and enjoyment of his wife.

Our thoughts:
While Timo Rose has about a half-dozen more recent recent movies in his filmography, after I watched "Barricade" and "Fearmakers", I figured I was done watching what he has to offer. Although I can't say my dislike for those movies is the sole reason since, in general, it feels like the ship has sailed for my interest in German splatter movies as a whole. I'll always have an appreciation and fondness for them, of course, but I think even if I were to see a recent gore movie that was good, it would probably still be met with an indifference. Before I say au revoir though, I figured I'd give Timo Rose's "Game Over" a go since the movie seems to have disappeared without a stable release. Since I was lucky enough to be able to buy a copy (and actually receive it -- I know others haven't been so lucky) before that happened.

American Scream Queen Tina (Debbie Rochon) lives in Germany and is getting ready to celebrate her birthday but, thankfully, her friends and fellow Scream Queens Melody (Raine Brown) and Eala (Nicola Fiore) come to Germany in order to help Tina celebrate. They drunkly stumble around a park where they come across Tim (Sam E. Terry) who, unfortunately for the three ladies, is a real-life psychopath and ends kidnapping them. Once he gets the women back to his place he begins to brutally rape and torture each one, much to the delight of Tim's wife, Sasha (Magdalena Kalley).

To no surprise, the concept for "Game Over" is an extraordinarily simple one that is meant only to get us to the reason why anyone watches these movies: the extreme depravity and gore. Of course only having three victims would be too sparse for a splatter movie, so there are two additional women and a man for the character's Tim and Sasha to torture. Testicles are nailed to a chair, people are eviscerated, bludgeoned with hammers, raped, beaten -- repeatedly, etc.

Timo certainly doesn't hold back but when I was watching "Game Over" it felt like more less the same ol' thing. Obviously because it is a German splatter movie doing what splatter movies do, but I had a hard time discerning an differences between "Game Over" and "Barricade". Even some of the sets looked the same. By default, because it was becoming more than a sense of déjà vu, I quickly lost interest in the movie. Then again, the only interest that exists for these kinds of movies is watching torture and gore and the interest in that, for me, was long gone before I even pushed play.

I can't and won't fault a movie like "Game Over" for not offering anything beyond its intended purpose since there were obviously no intentions to do or be anything else. However, it's hard to enjoy watching what is exactly the same movie being recreated over and over again. It's the same problem Ronny discusses in his reviews for Olaf Ittenbach's recent work as well.

To avoid being completely negative, Timo did include a somewhat interesting twist to the usual slaughter-fest by turning the characters into 'Scream Queens' instead of being random victims picked up at a park. It's not done in the typical self-aware manner that we're becoming use to seeing these days and I certainly wouldn't call "Game Over" meta -- if only because I'm goddamn tired of hearing that word -- because it's not a focal point of the movie. But it does help give the movie just a little something extra with certain parts, like Raine Brown's psychological break down and an ending that could be considered amusing because of certain cameos.

What else is there to say? "Game Over" is another gore filled splatter movie from Timo Rose. Nothing more. Nothing less. It'll be a great deal of fun for those who are only looking for that kind of movie, but will be tedious for the rest because it differs very little from Timo's past movies. "Game Over" was an improvement in comparison to "Barricade" since the editing wasn't all over the place, no filters were used and the movie maintained sense of flow and pace. Which was enough to make "Game Over" more enjoyable because it felt like a more coherent and competent movie.

Positive things:
- Succeeds at being another gore/splatter film.
- Actually maintains a pace and flow in comparison to "Barricade" and "Fearmakers".
- The ending was decent and clever for these kind of movies. I wish the concept would have been exploited more in the actual movie.
- Debbie Rochon and Raine Brown gave good performances.

Negative things:
- One guy with a pistol takes six people hostage in a tiny car?
- There's no discernible differences between this and most of Timo Rose's past movies, unfortunately.
- Surprisingly, some effects weren't up to Timo's usual standard.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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