Crazy Eights

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3.91 h 20 min2008X-RayR
Circumstance brings six childhood friends together to face their past, and a secret they share.
Directors
Jimi Jones
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Traci LordsDina MeyerGeorge Newbern
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Horror
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English [CC]
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English
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Gabrielle AnwarDan DeLucaFrank WhaleyChristine EadsStephen SziblerMichael GabelCheryl ScungioKaren BerissJoe HansardJames A. RayChloe J. LindseyLinda DelpierreKaitlyn E. Lindsey
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Lionsgate
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R (Restricted)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Kim WeekleyReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
What's crazy is the high rating
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This movie had promise but fell short. Great idea for a movie but the execution wasn't followed through. It's like the writer started it, got bored, and threw together some nonsense. It should have went more psychological than "ghost wants revenge" sort of movie. The kills were ridiculous and poorly done. It's not about showing gruesome deaths because you can have really great kills and not show even a little blood. The deaths just seem cartoonish in some ways. Cheap, flat, obviously fake, etc. Some of the actors were a little over the top but not sure if it's their fault or the director. Either way, Traci Lord was probably the worst offender of them all. A close second is whomever played Wayne. Someone had mentioned the exterior not matching the interior and I had to give my opinion on it. I think the house is either a front for the hospital so it doesn't raise alarm or the house is simply something like an administration building before going into the actual hospital. Or it could be something to give the kids a false sense of security before taking them to their hell. It doesn't really matter because it's just another thing that is never cleared up. Overall, I would NEVER pay to watch this movie because it's not worth it. It's simply a bland movie that doesn't really have a good plot. Save yourself the time and money and watch something else.
William UchtmanReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Almost A Decent Haunted House Movie
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Every once in a while a horror movie comes along with an interesting new spin or a brand new premise. The idea is to create something new rather than a rehash of any of the top ten to twelve horror movie archetypes out there. “Crazy Eights” has a good idea, but it doesn’t really go anywhere with it. Part of the problem is the glaring holes in the plot and the confusing script. The movie starts out like “Without A Paddle” as six friends meet at the funeral of a classmate and are drawn into a scavenger hunt they takes them into a remake of “House On Haunted Hill.” After a variety of strange encounters in their lives, the six are drawn to a barn where they left a time capsule as kids and find a skeleton in the trunk, which may or may not be linked to their pasts. They struggle too briefly with doing the right thing and way too quickly try to shrug it off if but to get very quickly lost on the local dirt roads and end up at an old deserted hospital in the ghost town of Entonsburg within an unidentified Southern state. This is where things start getting confusing. Instead of making efforts to get on their way, they explore the hospital and start getting picked off by an unseen killer in a dress. Thankfully, the gore is done off-camera with the disturbing images revealed only in brief flickering images. It’s difficult to feel sympathetic to the characters unless you’re a fan of the actors. The cast includes George Newbern, Traci Lords, Gabrielle Anwar and a number of actors with whom I’m unfamiliar. The movie never at any moment makes an effort to clear up or resolve any questions, instead pushing forward and killing off its cast like, as Jeff Goldblum once put it, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride coming to life and killing the tourists. In fact, the movie can’t choose if it’s a haunted house movie or a slasher/gore movie. Somewhere in this detritus of scenes and images, the movie establishes the six friends once lived in the old hospital with their deceased friend and one other girl (“The Crazy Eight”) where they were victims of psychological experiments, but they escaped after hiding the young girl and promising to return. (Remind you of “I Know What You Did Last Summer?”) This suggests their dead friend is the one getting revenge for forgetting about her in the trunk all those years ago, but at no point does anyone realize, “Hey, this the old hospital where we were abandoned by our parents to be terrorized by those evil doctors?” How could they possibly block something like that out, and why does the girl’s ghost look adult and zombified? Why do they stay in the building when all they were doing was trying to get directions? Why does the ghost kill them at all when she could just scare the crap out of them over and over and over? Like I said, the movie can’t decide what it is. It’s a promising premise that gets convoluted and confusing without being scary or even making sense, and in my world, that’s just a crying waste of what could have been a decent haunted house movie.
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Thomas M. SiposReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
bored and confused
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The film opens with some explanatory notes, something about medical experiments on children. I'm guessing these notes were added during post-production as an afterthought, because the film itself is so confusing. Without those notes, we have NO idea what's going on. With those notes, we can try to fill in some of the many blanks in the story, so it sort makes sense. Though even with these notes, I was confused by events.

We begin with several people who gather at the home of a man who died. Who was this man? How are all these people related? Maybe I missed it, but the film doesn't explain. But thanks to those explanatory notes, I'm guessing it all has something to do with those medical experiments.

It seems this dead guy left his estate to these people. Are these people related? Friends? I don't know. I can't be sure from the dialog. They sorta seem to know each other, though not very well. They certainly don't appear to like one another.

These people go out to a house, which supposedly has clues. (These people are as mystified by events as are we, the audience.)

The house looks like a normal house on the outside, albeit really junky. It is, in fact, condemned to be demolished. Once the people go inside the house, well, it looks like a big, concrete, institutional building. That makes sense because, we learn, this house is an abandoned hospital.

The problem is, the house looks like a normal, wood frame, residential house on the outside. And like a big, concrete and cinder block, hospital on the inside. So I'm guessing the filmmaker used different buildings for the exterior and interior shots, hoping that we, the audience, wouldn't notice. Certainly, the characters don't notice. Granted, many horror film characters are really stupid, and these characters are confused as well as stupid.

The characters are also unpleasant. Like many badly written scripts, the writer tries to create "drama" by having the characters argue. Even if that means arguing about nothing, and for no good reason.

Anyway, the hospital is haunted, or cursed, or whatever. And the characters start getting killed in brutal fashion. Sometimes we even got to see it. Sometimes it happens off camera and we only hear their screams. (Saves on the budget, I suppose.)

And then, after a bunch of people get killed, the film ends.

If you're buying this film because it features former porn actress Traci Lords, well, she doesn't show any skin. Just know that up front.

The DVD cover features the usual ripoff image of a ghost girl whose face is obscured by long, stringy black hair. Yes, [[ASIN:B01JCV4PXK The Ring]] and [[ASIN:B0006SGYL0 The Grudge]] were great horror films, but c'mon. CRAZY EIGHTS is no RING or GRUDGE. It's not even as good as some of the lesser ripoffs. And I don't remember the ghost girl on the DVD cover having much onscreen time in CRAZY EIGHTS.
80sRockerChickReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my fav horror movies!!!
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Can't understand why all the bad reviews!! This movie is unique with its storyline for a change, has scary flashbacks & awesome scary moments in general, doesn't go overboard with bloodyness, I love each character & root for them throughout the movie (even thou I've watched it 100 times) and I love the actors in this! They all did a fantastic job making it totally believable!! So the peeps that don't like are probably just upset there's no nudity or gratuitous sex scenes (none of either, hope that's not a Spoiler Alert)! To me it's like the original IT movie, alot of creepy moments and good old fashioned scary moments!!!
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Movie BuffReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
An extremely poor attempt at entertainment.
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I bought this movie thinking it was 8 separate movies.. On the cover it says "Eight Films to die for".. and I like Gabrielle Anwar in almost anything.
At this price I could not resist. Now I wish I had... Even with recognizable talented actresses.. and not so recognizable or talented guys this movie was flat out awful.. ... I truly wish I had not stayed with it until the end.. extremely poor script.. and the director should be taken out and be publically flogged for not seeing the flaws and limitations of an extremely poor attempt at entertainment. Everybody involved would have been better off if the master had been put in the trash and burned.
SamsaraReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crazy Eights... Ah Ha!
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I liked this movie. I had a little bit of a different take on this film, but it just seemed obvious to me. The score does drown out some of the dialogue, several times I had to replay just hear what was being said. Unfortunate. That said, and aside, I thought this movie was brilliant. * SPOILER ALERT* In my opinion (and I filled in some blanks here...) these were children who initially were viewed as "psychopaths." Parents brought them to this hospital as part of a study. During the course of the film they remember/discover that at this hospital they were being "taught guilt." Psychopaths in spite of their later chosen career paths: clergy, educator, etc. I kept waiting for the last survivor to utter the words: I'm sorry. It never came. Accident or not, the little girls death was kept a secret between the friends for so long they all forgot. Who forgets a death you took part in?! Really!!! You get one answer.
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Mournblade14Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kinda Zen... an exercise in nothing at all happening, for no reason, to no one in particular...
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Odd... the actors are 'reasonably' well known and they can act. As for the movie, I could say the following was a summary, but in reality it is a complete description: a group of people you know nothing about and therefore care nothing for, roam around a dilapidated, abandoned hospital and nothing happens. In fairness, it's not true that nothing happens. but as you're never shown the 2 minutes of material where something does happen... it might as well not have. Pointless!
The Mommy LadyReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
A good movie with a good storyline
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A good movie with a good storyline. Trying to figure out who these people are and how they are connected. Unfornuatly it comes at their demise one by one. You would think they would have figured out after the at least the second person dying that it is best to stay as a group since they meet their demise when they are by themselves, but I guess if they did that it would not make for good watching.
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