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Less than fulfilling  
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  September 20, 2006
0.5 0.5 Stars

How can 15 minutes of fame last more than 90? This splatter flick won the third installment of Matt Damon & Ben Affleck’s Project Greenlight. With any luck, its brief theatrical run will signal the demise of the concept. A dozen patrons, mostly strangers, barricade themselves in a Southwestern dive bar to prevent half-alien, half-Satanic goat-like creatures from bursting in and feasting on them. Showing their deep understanding of “the genre,” the screenwriters introduce the players with freeze-frame caricatures that provide a catchy handle (Heroine, Bartender), an occupation (“Poor Man’s Tony Robbins”), and a life expectancy (Regular or Extra Crispy?). Such self-reflexivity is only occasionally funny. Mediocre performances, long lags between eviscerations, and misleading clues worsen the pain. All in all, a career-scuttling debut for director John Gulager, who we’re told “has been immersed in the filmic arts since birth.”

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