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Written by Joseph B. Mauceri   
Monday, 30 June 2008 01:00

Available: July 1, 2008 (DTV)*
Director: Mark Jones
Screenplay: Mark Jones
Cast: Rocky Marquette, Paydin LoPachin, Katie Chonacas, and Bruce Weitz as the voice of Dummy
Synopsis: In a seedy Hollywood motel, a down-and-out ventriloquist overdoses in front of her son and daughter, scarring them for life. Eighteen years later, the son, who has not spoken a word since his mother’s suicide, and daughter, depart on a road trip to Las Vegas. Still haunted by their childhood memories, they are unable to fulfill their mother’s dying wishes to uphold the family bloodline and become great ventriloquists. Entranced by the dummy’s commands, the long journey plunges them further and further into darkness as they begin a murderous rampage across the desert. (Provided by studio)

Rating: R
Studio: Dimension Extreme
Running Time: 81 minutes
DVD Extras: Trailers
Review: From the man who brought us The Leprechaun Franchise (Leprechaun, Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun in the Hood, and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood) comes the tail of a deranged family and their homicidal ventriloquist puppet. Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since Leprechaun and not much has changed it Mark Jones’ style as a filmmaker. With TRILOQUIST Jones begs, borrows, and stea… pays homage to every puppet/doll film from the classic 1945 black and white film “Dead of Night,” all the way through 2004’s “Seed of Chucky.” The best I can say is that at times TRILOQUIST has the look and feel of a bad “Tales From the Crypt” episode. The writing is clichéd, when it’s not vulgar as it attempts to be shocking and horrifying and the performances so far over the top to be unbelievable and flat. I tried, I really tried to watch this straight through but I had to pick up the remote and hit the fast forward button. His idea to have the dummy as the narrator tips of the ending a bit, but just doesn’t have the same punch as the Chucky films. There are some other minor technical issues with this film that place it on a rapid downward spiral into a bargain bin pass. I wanted to like this film and I’m a fan of Jones’ other work for television. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we hear from Mark Jones again! Oh, and he also gave us the 1996 thriller Rumpelstiltskin.

*DTV = Direct to video release

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