Stephen Dorff plays a New York detective who has to team-up with medical examiner Nataschia McElhone to go after a twisted serial killer called "The Doctor" only to get caught up in a muddled plot that has to do with the title website (that makes viewers bleed internally and die within 48 hours), the ghost of a female victim who likes to play mind games and all sorts of depravity.
Prepare to wallow in this cesspool of washed-out/dark settings (this is one ugly looking film), illogical (and, well, stupid) plotting and a director who thinks that if he flashes disturbing images at us it will make up for a decided lack of suspense.
This is sadistic, mean, senseless and misogynistic and loaded with unpleasant production values and a head scratching script. It's not that the visuals stink (they're handled okay) it's the story writer Josephine Coyle has put together.
Filled with lousy dialogue and so many logic lapses it's hard to keep track of (here's a few: who'd let their six-year-old hemopheliac daughter play at an adandoned steel mill? If the killer is webcasting these tortures and murders on the title site why is he surprised at the end? And what the Hell is the point of the roach scenes apart from "gross out" factor?) this is probably the sloppiest plotted big-budget genre picture of the last two years.
And Warner Brothers has a lot of explaining to do as to why they gave wide release to a movie that's so filled with sadism it's almost like getting a hammer to the forehead repeatedly.
This is just terrible and sadly wastes favourite character actors Jeffrey (Re-Animator) Combs and Udo Kier in side roles. Heck, I even liked lead Dorff better as a ten-year-old in 1986's The Gate.
Directed By: William Malone.
Written By: Josephine Coyle.
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Nataschia McElhone, Stephen Rea, Udo Kier.