Film / Death on Demand
Death on Demand
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is a supernatural Slasher Movie
, made in 2008.
In 1988, famous mountaineer Sean McIntyre suffered a psychotic break while scaling the Himalayas, and murdered a Sherpa after hallucinating he was a Yeti (yes, really). After this incident, Sean was extradited back to America, and was never quite the same, believing he was cursed and something "evil" was out to get him. While presumably awaiting trial, Sean had another mental breakdown on Thanksgiving, and murdered his wife, mother in-law and two daughters before hanging himself with one of his daughter's dolls in hand.
Twenty years later, entrepreneur Richard DeNola and his partner Peter decide to hold a Halloween webcast, dubbed Death on Demand, in the abandoned McIntyre house, having five college students (Darla Hansen, her boyfriend Biff Balstead, Bradley Manly, his girlfriend Tammy, and a girl named Haydn) as contestants, along with sultry porn star Velvet Luv. The group's goal is to find the key to an exit using clues left around house while hundreds watch them online, mostly hoping for some steamy action. Unfortunately for the cast and crew of Death on Demand, a séance they hold (using the doll Sean died with as a focusing point) before the game begins is actually successful, and summons Sean's insane ghost, which proceeds to make Death on Demand live up to its name with an assortment of mountain climbing gear.
All in all, a pretty shameless rip-off of Halloween: Resurrection
. Has been dubbed either So Okay, It's Average
or So Bad, It's Good
by most reviewers.
Also, the director totally used to work on stuff like Sesame Street
and The Naked Brothers Band
This film provides examples of the following tropes:
- Awesome McCool Name: Bradley "Brad" Manly.
- Axe Before Entering: To get to Biff and Darla, who have barricaded themselves in the attic, Sean briefly tries hacking through the roof.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Sean successfully kills everyone, and is left in the world of the living, with no one left alive knowing how to stop him.
- Bad Liar: Brad. Everyone falls for his prank, regardless.
- Between My Legs: Done when Velvet walks in on Brad looking for clues in the washroom.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Sean killed a Sherpa, thinking he was the latter.
- Big Breast Pride: In one instance Velvet briefly brags about her breast implants.
- Chained to a Bed: Velvet decides to have some kinky fun with Haydn by handcuffing her to a bed, but ends up leaving to get her dropped lube and forgets about her, allowing Sean to nonchalantly walk in and butcher her.
- Chekhov's Gun: Averted. The power drill Peter is shown with once or twice never actually gets used by or against Sean.
- Claustrophobia: Darla, though she manages to overcome it by the end, enough to hide from Sean in a trunk.
- Closed Circle: The house exits are all sealed.
- Diary: Gretchen McIntyre's is found tucked away in the basement by Darla and Biff.
- Fanservice: Lots of shirtlessness and sex scenes, both straight and lesbian.
- Fetish: Haydn seems to have one for panties.
- Fight Scene: A brief one between Biff and Brad; Darla breaks it up.
- Final Girl: Darla, but she does end up getting killed in the end.
- Finger Twitching Revival: Darla probably should've done a better job of destroying Sean's Soul Jar.
- Ghostly Chill: Sean's presence is signified by a sudden drop in temperature.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Richard offered Velvet a bonus if she got it on with someone, male or female.
- Gone Horribly Right: The seance was just a gimmicky part of the game, but unfortunately for everyone involved, it actually works.
- Improvised Weapon: Sean's mountain gear, plus Darla breaking up Biff and Brad's fight by whacking the latter on the head with a flashlight.
- Insanity Defense: Sean presumably intended on using it for the murder of the Sherpa.
- It's All My Fault: Velvet blames herself for Haydn's death, since she left her handcuffed to the bed.
- Male Gaze: As Tammy goes up the basement steps, the camera focuses on her ass. In-universe, we have Biff and Brad's reaction to Velvet's first appearance.
- Mirror Scare: Done by Sean to Darla, after he locks her in the washroom. He subsequently causes the mirror to frost over.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Sean leaves bodies littered throughout the house; Haydn's is actually impaled to the ceiling.
- Raging Stiffie: Brad gets stuck with one after swallowing a pill Velvet offers him.
- Soul Jar: Sean's soul became trapped in one of his daughter's dolls, which he was clutching when he hanged himself. Damaging the doll causes Sean pain, and destroying it would presumably re-kill him.
- Title Drop: "Don't miss your chance to be apart of this historic webcast! Sign up today at deathondemand.com!"
- Toilet Humor: Most of it is delivered by the flatulent, impotent and idiotic Brad.
- Too Much Information: Velvet describing how she got control of her gag reflex to Darla and Biff.