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The story offers nothing original; 3 young men end up stranded, head to a log cabin for help, encounter a few unsavoury characters with a taste for human flesh, and try to escape. The snow made a refreshing change and at times I could almost feel the cold.
But I cannot excuse such massive flaws; a man whose leg is broken with the bone hanging out and his spine exposed running away! A guy who has been a hunter for 40 years being the worst shot ever, I’m serious this guy has 40 years of practice and couldn’t hit a barn door on a clear day! Scarce was yet another film, badly made on a low budget that was intended to be so bad it was funny, there were a few mildly entertaining moments but for the most part it fell way short of the mark.
The gore was reasonably well-done, but we don’t see any action at all for the first 45 minutes of the film and what we do see, has been done before much more effectively. With such a magnificent setting and some obvious film-making talent, Scarce shows some promise. The shoddy acting and major flaws detract from any of its better qualities however, and when the end credits rolled I felt robbed, not only of that tenner but of 94 minutes of my life.
SCARCE (2008). Directors: Jesse T. Cooke, John Geddes. Writers: Jesse T. Cooke, John Geddes. Cast: Steve Warren, Gary Fisher, Chris Warrilow, Thomas Webb, John Geddes, Jesse T. Cooke.
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