Reality Check

Playing like a crass calling card for industry work, "Reality Check" is a silly, high-concept stab at blending "Big Brother" with Wes Craven. There's also a dollop of "Ten Little Indians" in the way a crowd of mostly dislikable characters are put together by gameshow producers in a house in the woods and observed by TV cameras -- until they're killed off, one by one.

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With: Vanessa Christel Cambell, Natalia Cigliuti, Timothy Lee DePriest, Nate Dushku, Kym Hoy, Kalil Kane, Courtney Peldon, Sticky Fingaz.

Playing more like a crass calling card for industry work than a movie that needed to be made, “Reality Check” is a silly, high-concept stab at blending “Big Brother” with Wes Craven. There’s also a dollop of “Ten Little Indians” in the way a crowd of disparate but mostly dislikable characters are put together by gameshow producers in a house in the woods and observed by TV cameras — until they’re killed off, one by one. There aren’t enough scares or jokes along the way for this to qualify on even the midnight circuit, but minor fests may put out the welcome mat.

Assembled by mendacious helmer-producer Brock (Sticky Fingaz), septet of mostly cynical hipsters settle into Spanish Colonial digs, and instantly snipe at each other. Particularly irritating to the group and aud is Neanderthal punk Crash (Timothy Lee DePriest), while supposedly virginal Charlotte (Courtney Peldon) feels like the outsider in this fast company. Kym Hoy’s sex-crazed Mei-Ling is momentarily amusing, but horror-comedy is as paltry as the payoff.

Reality Check

Production: A Langley Prods. presentation. Produced by Elie Cohn. Executive producers, John Langley, Maggie Langley. Co-executive producers, Andreas Olavarria, Michael Risley. Directed by Rafael Zelinsky. Screenplay, Brent Askari, Chum Langhorne.

Crew: Camera (color), Seo Mutarevic; editor, Eric Chase; music, Mladin Milicevic; production designer, Bryce Holthousen; costume designer, Tanya Gill; sound, Steve Morrow; sound designer, Chase; casting, Shana Landsburg. Reviewed at Dances With Films Festival, Santa Monica, July 15, 2002. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: With: Vanessa Christel Cambell, Natalia Cigliuti, Timothy Lee DePriest, Nate Dushku, Kym Hoy, Kalil Kane, Courtney Peldon, Sticky Fingaz.

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