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Sunday, 22 March 2009

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AKA: Dead in Three Days, In 3 Tagen bist du tot, Dead in Three Days, 3 gün içinde öleceksin, Muerto en 3 días, Se 3 meres nekros, Sms - 3 giorni e 6 morto

Directed by: Andreas Prochaska
Written by: Andreas Prochaska , Thomas Baum
Produced by: Helmut Grasser
Cinematography by: David Slama
Editing by: Karin Hartusch
Music by: Matthias Weber
Special Effects by: Tissi Brandhofer, Harald Siebler
Cast: Sabrina Reiter, Julia Rosa Stöckl, Laurence Rupp, Nadja Vogel, Michael Steinocher
Year: 2006
Country: Austria
Language: German (English dubbed)
Color: Color
Runtime: 97 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (German, English)
Distributor: Dimension Extreme
Studio: Genius Products

Dead in 3 Days is a modern Austrian take on the slasher film.  The story centers on a group of five freshly graduated high school kids who each receive a test message from an unknown sender, threatening “in 3 tagen bist du tot” (“in three days you’ll be dead”).  Brushing the messages off as a mere prank, the quintet moves forward with the festivities and celebration of graduation.  They attend a party, but all goes awry when Martin goes missing, and is later found dead.  It turns out that the messages not to be taken lightly and one by one the quintet finds themselves struggling to fend off an unknown killer.  Have they done someone wrong who seeks revenge?  They have three days to figure it all out.

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The comparisons between Dead in 3 Days and I Know What You Did Last Summer have been made amongst the online horror community.  However, the only real association between the two films is that they are both vengeance tales.  Also, one might possibly be able to compare the fisherman killer from I Know What You Did Last Summer to this Austrian counterpart by way of some sort of body of water themed correlation, since our killer drowns his victims in a local pond, but that’s about it.

Once Dead in 3 Days gets moving it really materializes into a nice little slasher film.  There are some typical red herrings thrown in -- a teen who never really got along with the group is a given, but that idea is quickly snuffed out.  Another possible suspect is spawned from a childhood accident where the group bares whiteness to the death of one of their peers, leading the viewer to believe a heartbroken parent might be the culprit.  Ultimately, when the killer is revealed, the viewer will be off by a long shot as to who’s been slaughtering the teens.

Many of the murders in the film aren’t overly memorable, but one in particular involving a crack in a fish tank, which is utilized as a way to gradually behead someone, is.  Another scene worth mentioning, which doesn’t involve mayhem, has a hot girl as she disrobes, appearing topless in front of her handicapped father.  Classic!

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Dead in 3 Days did so well theatrically in its home country of Austria, that it recently generated a sequel entitled In 3 Tagen bist du tot 2. While this film isn’t necessarily an original venture into the slasher genre (what is?), it is a refreshing departure from the accumulation of remake swill filling the cinemas and bargain bins today.  Be on the lookout for part two.

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Genius Products and Dimension Extreme present Dead in 3 Days in a 1.85:1 matted anamorphic widescreen format preserving the original theatrical exhibition.  There are no print blemishes to be found.  The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 with original German dialog, or the option of English dubbing.  The obvious choice would be the original soundtrack, but fans who can’t read should be pleased with the addition of the English dub.  The supplemental materials found herein are trailers for The Wizard of Gore, Diary of the Dead, Halloween, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds and Pulse 2.

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