DEADTIME (2012) Reviews and overview

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‘Heads will rock & roll’

Deadtime is a 2012 British slasher horror film directed by Tony Jopia (Crying Wolf) from a screenplay written by Stephen Bishop.


The movie stars Laurence Saunders, Carl Coleman, Elisabeth Shahlavi, Alex Marieka Hanly, Leslie Grantham, Terry Christian (from 1990s TV show The Word), Joe Egan (Crying Wolf), Julian Boote, Stephen Spencer, Matt Gibbons, Louis Murrall, Elle Wood, Emily Welch, Adam Carrington, Ian Donnelly (Crying Wolf), Stephen Bishop, Ian Hill, John R. Walker.


A Birmingham-based rock band are ordered by their unhappy record company to an old warehouse; the goal being to re-start their ailing careers with a kick-ass new promo video.

Unfortunately, the band and their entourage find themselves targets of a mysterious knife-wielding maniac, haunted by the voice of Satan, and out for revenge…


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This sex’n’drugs’n’rock’n’roll slasher has some good elements but
outstays its welcome by a good 20 minutes […] there are occasional highlights including an improbable decapitation by cymbal. The plot is riddled with holes and there are too many characters with too little character but Coleman is good as the harassed manager and Saunders has a ball as the OTT lead singer.” MJ Simpson, 21st Century British Horror Films, Volume 2: White Settlers and Women in Black, 2021

“The cover shows a guitar where the neck has been replaced with a disembodied/bloody arm (or perhaps just wrapped in the skin of one), which sells the movie’s concept quite nicely, but is wasted on a dull, cliché-ridden time-waster that seemingly went off a checklist of what NOT to do in a slasher movie.” Horror Movie a Day


“While the CGI looked silly in some scenes, a few of the deaths were actually really damn cool […] The dialogue was often dumb, some of the references they make if you can catch where they were from was sort of fun […] The gore is never in abundance but there is just enough to satisfy…” Horror News


“When the killer is finally revealed the film still plods along for another torturous half an hour so we get to endure even more terrible performances and lame death sequences. The latter is particularly disappointing with Jopia favouring utterly unconvincing CGI over practical effects.” Letterboxd


The British censors removed 12 seconds showing “a blade being traced between a woman’s breasts and subsequent sight of a woman being stabbed between the legs with a blade. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.”


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