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Review byMatthew Turner28/06/2006

One out of Five stars
Running time: 89 mins

Poorly directed, badly written and unconvincing horror flick that fails to provide any actual shocks or scares.

What's it all about?
Sensitive blind guy Jack (Devon Gummersall), blonde bimbo Cookie (Arielle Kebbel) and frat boy Trip (Scott Whyte) are among five young people sharing a ride to a desert party. When their car breaks down outside a desert motel, strange things start happening and before long, they're meeting gruesome deaths at the hands of a mysterious, decaying creature, whose appearance is preceded by a disgusting smell.

The Bad
Reeker is shockingly bad. For one thing, there's no imagination here at all - or rather, there is, but it's comprehensively ripped off from other, far superior films. Also, the script is confusing and badly thought out, with atrocious dialogue and unlikeable characters thrown in for good measure.

The biggest problem is that unless your cinema is equipped with Smell-O-Vision, then the supposedly terrifying stench of the creature is likely to be lost on you, no matter how often the actors screw up their faces and say Ewwww!

The Worst
The pacing is all off too. Hardly anything happens for the entire first half of the film and when it does, Payne cuts randomly from one character to another, frequently forgetting about some of them altogether.

In addition, the effects are poor and Payne even skimps on the gore factor, meaning that this is an unsatisfying experience on pretty much every level. Only Devon Gummersall's character generates any interest, but Payne fails to exploit the potential of the character's blindness.

Worth seeing?
The closing credits of the film include a line that dares unimaginative critics to use an it stinks type gag to play off the title. Well, maybe critics wouldn't have to resort to such puns if the film didn't stink so much in the first place. As the saying goes, you can't polish a turd. Avoid.

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