‘What hides in life is found in death’
The Deaths of Ian Stone is a 2007 British-American horror film directed by Dario Piana (Too Beautiful to Die) from a screenplay by Brendan Hood.
The movie stars Mike Vogel, Christina Cole, Jaime Murray (Devil’s Playground; Fright Night 2), Michael Dixon and Jeff Peterson.
Ian Stone is an average man. He loves ice hockey but lives for his girlfriend, Jenny Walker. Late one night while driving home from a painful loss on the ice, Ian comes across a bewildering discovery, that looks like a dead body near the railroad tracks. Investigating the grisly discovery, Ian is attacked by the “corpse”, forced onto the tracks and subsequently run over by an oncoming train.
He wakes up in an office cubicle. He’s still alive, but older and living with a beautiful woman named Medea. Jenny is part of this life, but she’s not his girlfriend, just a co-worker, and one of a number of apparently familiar faces.
Ian meets a strange old man who tells him he is in danger. The old man tells him that he is being hunted by the Harvesters, a group of mind-controlling characters who cannot be killed and feed off human fear…
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“Between Vogel’s allure and Stan Winston’s phenomenal production values, The Deaths of Ian Stone could have stood alone without the film festival gimmick. It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it is sheer entertainment. And that’s enough to make this a must-see for horror and science fiction fans alike.” Contact Music
“The Deaths of Ian Stone is content with being a fairly straightforward genre piece. Consequently, as we gradually learn what is happening (thanks to a Johnny Explainer character who gives Austin Powers’ Basil Exposition a serious challenge for the title of “Obvious Mouthpiece”), the film becomes less interesting. The puzzle pieces of the plot fall into place well enough, but the picture they form is of a conventional monster movie.” Cinefantastique
“It’s got a fairly original concept and diverting visual effects from Oscar-winning f/x maestro Stan Winston, who also produced. But this slick genre piece is less than satisfying in narrative and character terms, with a repetitious, gimmicky structure and murky motivation … Action is almost nonstop, but rooting interest palls.” Variety
“Some of the film is a bit Matrix-like and it is never completely explained how Ian goes from one life to the next without starting over each time (it’s slipstream fiction but the film should have offered an explanation). However, if you accept the film at face value and don’t dig to deep for details, it is enjoyable creature horror.” Parlor of Horror
“The Deaths of Ian Stone is influenced quite a bit by Memento, The Matrix and even Cemetery Man. It’s got its flaws, but for a miniscule budget movie, it’s pretty impressive in a lot of ways, delivering the kid fo paranoid horror we saw back in the days of The Twilight Zone.” eSplatter
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