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The Johnsons (1992)

Cast: Monique Van De Ven, Monique Van De Ven, Esmee De La Bretoniere, more...
Director: Rudolf Van Den Berg, Rudolf Van Den Berg
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Netherlands
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Cult film director Roy Frumkes scripted this Danish shocker about seven psychotic brothers on a quest to bring the ultimate evil to earth by using their unknowing lost sister as a birthing vessel. Plagued by horrifying nightmares and visions of the seven brothers painting ominously embryonic symbols with human blood, Emalee Lucas begins to unravel the increasingly threatening legend of the brothers and discover the truth about her mysterious past. Isolated by the military in a secret location, Emalee is telepathically drawn to them as she begins to realize the horrifying fate in store for her. Will Emalee learn the truth about her role in the fate of mankind in order to prevent herself from becoming the mother of ultimate destruction, or will she learn the secret of stopping the threatening and increasingly terrifying plot in time to save mankind from an unimaginable evil? ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dutch horror? by saveyourservant September 12, 2003 - 9:47 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is a rather bizarre Dutch horror film that isn't quite sure what to do with itself. It is a busy script with a lot of compelling ideas, especially the psychotic seven brothers who began committing murders at age seven and have been incarcerated for sixteen years, never having spoken a word. There's also a evil god of the Amazon indians tying the whole thing together. I'm not sure how to take the film and probably should have watched it again with the director's commentary. There are moments of powerful honest suspense, and genuine humor. There are some effective gory moments, but they seem almost out of place when they finally occur an hour into the film. The gore moments almost have a Peter Jackson-esque comedy feel, though I'm not sure whether it is intentional. Be advised you have to choose between the goddawful English dubbing or Dutch with the dumbed-down English subtitles (unless you speak Dutch). I quickly decided on the subtitles after hearing a few of the dubbed voices. The performances are actually pretty good otherwise. If in the mood for something different from the normal horror/suspense film, I can't think of any other film like this one off the top of my head. It is difficult to describe in a Wickerman sort of way.

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