Home Movie Vault Disc Vault Coming Soon Join Our Mailing List Articles About Us Contest Soundtrack Books eStore


Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Kathryn Merry, Ernest Dancy, Gerard Adimando, Raine Brown, Josh Macuga, Brian Dixon
Director: Kevin Higgins
Rating: NC-16 (Some Nudity)
Year Made: 2008







Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




Headed to Miami to celebrate winter break, four college students from New Jersey take a detour into the bowels of rural West Virginia. There, the unwitting friends uncover a grotesque legend that stains the fabric of a sleepy backwoods town: the legend of truck driver Ray Williams brutally beaten by a band of locals after stopping in town for a drink, his body left for dead in an empty cornfield and never found. They have a name for Williams now: Plasterhead. As those teens will soon learn, true evil has no face.


Too bad for writer-director Kevin Higgins that his debut effort came across more like a graduation project. I suppose the deadliest sin that a filmmaker could possibly do is to inject his film with cliches knowingly, and unless one has never seen a horror film before, it would be hard pressed not to dismiss this within the first 10 minutes as being terribly cliche filled.

Think about how many films you already have seen to have included the following: a blonde who gets naked just because, college kids, on a road trip, on vacation, taking unnecessary detours, no mobile phones / car ran out of gas, being loud/relative strangers/squabbling amongst themselves because of different ideals, one highly sexed individual who is probably going to be the first victim, and a house in the middle of nowhere. You know the drill, and this film exercised all those options and more, which made it look as if it's following a textbook of Do-Not's rather than the Do's.

Granted it's never easy to cook up yet another iconic horror legend such as the next big thing after Freddy, Jason, Myers, and in recent times, Jigsaw. Higgins had probably tried too hard in his Plasterhead, where his origin gets told quite low-budgetedly, through a drunkard's monologue in a bar, save for some flashes in the beginning which showed off some rather nifty make up for only one scene. Some boogeymen become stuff of legends, but this one pretty much bland and without personality. Even the anonymous villains roaming around the house in The Strangers would put to shame what Plasterhead failed to elicit when he does the same - that fear of someone being just around the corner.

The synopsis above would already give you an idea of what to expect, but execution wise it left much to be desired. Perhaps one shouldn't be so harsh on a newbie director, but I thought he would have been able to extract more credible performances from his actors rather than some very bad expressions filling up the screen. Production values look B-grade at best, and this film contains one of the worst soundtracks I have heard in a long while. It's a continuous, flat and almost monotone ominous music from start to end, and if you're listening to it by itself, you're likely to fall asleep like how one of the characters in the movie does.

For a horror movie, there is an extreme lack of body count, and those despatched by the villain also looked as if they had some cheap, fake blood poured on them. Worse of all, it had lacked a climax, chugging along on a flatliner devoid of excitement, thrills and spills, too proud to be opting to fall back on the usual bag of tricks, but never offering any other alternatives to make up for the lack of screams. What it does have is a little twist of irony at the end, but even that felt quite blatant, and left unnecessary room for a sequel which I suppose won't get made for quite some time.

Plasterhead should be expelled to the depths of cinematic hell for the sins it committed and the lessons it never learnt from.


This Code 3 DVD contains no extra features.


Despite its anamorphic widescreen presentation, the visual transfer gets a bit grainy at times. Surprisingly the filmmakers did not utilize the usual repertoire of audio tricks to elicit cheap shots at frightening the audience, and the soundtrack came across as rather dull since the 2.0 stereo was unexploited.



Review by Stefan Shih


Other titles from Origin Entertainment:

. SOS Love!

. Corporate Affairs

. The Last Train

. Sniper's Valley

. Quarantine

. Center Stage: Turn It Up

. Street Fighter

. The House Bunny

. The Cook

. Step Brothers

. Open Season 2

. Anaconda 3: Offspring

. Hancock

. You Don't Mess With The Zohan

. Prom Night

. Casino Royale

. Redbelt

. Felon

. Tortured

. Penelope

. Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron

. Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms

. Away From Her

. The Take

. Saawariya

. Black Book

. The Shepherd

. Conspiracy

. Cleaner

. Hero Wanted

. Shattered

. Breath

. Cashback

. Your Name Is Justine

. Death Sentence

. The Jane Austen Book Club

. Across The Universe

. The Triplets of Belleville

. The Ten Commandments

. CJ7

. Love Lies Bleeding

. Living Death

. La Vie En Rose

. Urban Justice

. Perfect Stranger

. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

. Reign Over Me

. Surf's Up

. 5ivegirls

. Vacancy

. Paprika

. Walking Tall: Lone Justice

. Dead Mary

. Spider-Man 3

. Priceless

. Trust the Man

. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


DISCLAIMER: Images, Textual, Copyrights and trademarks for the film and related entertainment properties mentioned
herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for the promotional purposes of said properties.
All other logo and design Copyright©2004- , movieXclusive.com™
All Rights Reserved.