Saturday, April 26, 2014

Locker 13
Released March 28th, 2014; DVD Releases April 29th, 2014
1 hr 43 mins
Rated R
Drama, Suspense/Thriller


Bruce Dellis - "The Byzantine Order"
Jason Marsden - "The Author"
Matthew Mebane - "Down and Out"
Adam Montierth - "Suicide Club"
Donovan Montierth - "The Other Side"

Krista Allen as Patricia
Tatyana Ali as Lucy
Jason Marsden as Suicide Jack
Jon Gries as Archie
George Newbern as Robert Diener
Rick Schroder as Tommy Novak
Curtis Armstrong as Clifford
Bart Johnson as Eugene MacClemore
Jon Polito as Don Dillon
Rick Hoffman as Armando
Thomas Calabro as Harvey
Carmen Perez as Marcia
David Huddleston as Floyd
Jesse Garcia as Ray
Vanessa White as TV Personality #1 (voice)
Steve Eastin as Doc Herman
Jimmy Gambina as Jesse
Jose Rosete as Jake
Elizabeth Bond as TV Personality #2 (voice)
Cathy Rankin as Lola
Brad Raider as Skip
Victor Campos as Nate
Marina Benedict as Rachel
Deonte Gordon as Boxer
Bob Rue as Linus
Steve Briscoe as Manfred
John Schile as B.B.O.N.E.O. Member
Maria White Mebane as News Anchor (voice)
Ed Gary as Supporting
Montgomery Maguire as Ring Announcer
Herb Dean as Trainer
Steven Motta as Billy 'Thunderheart' Marco
Michael Anthony Rosas as Cut Man / Corner Man
Lamar Newmeyer as Grover
Rory Pierce as Supporting
Klor Rowland as Gavin

Review by Stephen M.

Locker 13 has quite some potential with its series of stories within a story as told to a nighttime supervisor of an Old West theme park.  While each of the stories features an interesting premise and twist.  The stories often stop short of satisfying the twisted macabre desires within each of us.  Rarely do you ever feel scared out of your wits in these "chilling" tales.

In "Down and Out" we get a washed up fighter played by Ricky Schroder who gets back in the limelight due to some old gloves that seems to have a mind of its own.  As a fan of boxing, I enjoyed this story the most and thought it could have been fleshed out a bit more.  The twist ending was good, though more could have been told.  My least favorite would probably be "The Author" in which an assassin who is hired to killed a wealthy womanizer, is inspired to write a book about his killings.  The assassin has abducted three woman with ties to the wealthy man to determine who had hired him.  As with the other films, so much more could have been done with this story but what you can't escape from is the goofiness of the assassin played by Rick Hoffman.

As with the above mentioned stories as well as the others, "The Byzantine Order", "Suicide Club" and the main story "The Other Side", the actors all perform quite well given the material they have to work with.  You have to love the janitor Skip's reaction to what's on the other side pictured above in "The Other Side."  I'm not too crazy with the ending of "The Other Side" as compared to the others though.  

Overall, I would recommend this DVD to fans of the old TV series Twilight Zone from the 1960s or Amazing Stories from the 1980s.  The film is clearly a low budget film which may have limited the film from its potential.  With a Rated R rating, they could have gone more toward the darker route, instead of merely tight roping across the line.  The stories don't necessarily tie well together other than each having a locker with the number 13 on it except for the "Suicide Club" story.  If there's one thing to take away from each of the stories is that they're all about second chances in life and what you do with it.  


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