Scary or Die (2012) **
D: Michael Emanuel, Bob Badway, Igor Meglic
C: Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Bill Oberst Jr., Domiziano Arcangeli, Christopher Darga, Nikki Moore, Charles Rahi Chun
Plot Synopsis: A zombie like creature watches a selection of terror tales ranging from Mexican zombies to a killer clown with a conscious on a laptop computer on a site entitled "Scary or Die".
REVIEW: There's an old phrase, You're only as strong as your weakest link. That phrase has never resonated so much with a movie like it has with Scary or Die. On the positive side, Scary or Die is well acted & well visualized. There is a richness to the film's production design. The film's use of makeup, sets & props is striking. However, Scary or Die's camerawork is quite problematic. The camera is inexplicably shaking back and forth throughout the entire film. At first it's jarring. Then as the film moves along, it becomes quite annoying. So annoying, in fact, that Scary or Die becomes a chore.
Story wise, with Scary or Die there could have been more cohesion between the tales. With an anthology, even though the film is telling separate stories, there needs to be a common theme that connects all the tales together and makes them work together as one feature length film. With Scary or Die, it's never quite clear what point the film is trying to make. As for the all important wraparound segment, that feels more like a throwaway then anything else.
Cohesion aside, some of the tales work, some don't. Some only run a few minutes, while others run for nearly half an hour. This leaves the film feeling disjointed and uneven more so. Some of the tales do offer up something refreshingly different - Mexican zombies punishing the people that made life difficult for them, a killer clown suffering from a moral dilemma, etc.
With Scary or Die, the film never feels like one seamless film. There's some good ideas (and some not so good ones), but the pieces never quite connect. Secondly, they forget to keep the camera in focus and from shaking, which makes Scary or Die more of a hindrance to sit through, then a joy. [R] 94 mins.