US (dir. Jeremy Haft)
Cast: Chad Faust, Chris Sigurdson, Claudette Mink, Gil Hacohen, Jenna Dewan, Katie Stuart, Matthew Marsden, Melissa Elias
Synopsis: In a high school prank gone horribly wrong, an outcast named Tamara is murdered, but her tormentors get off scot-free. Now, as a sexy siren returned from the grave with an arsenal of superpowers, Tamara dedicates her afterlife to exacting revenge.
Review: “Tamara” is essentially a sexier “Carrie”… with less brains and more short skirts. In some respects, it is a precursor to 2009’s “Jennifer’s Body”, though it is definitely more Carrie-ish than Jennifer-ish in that this film has more to do with bully vengeance than sexy girl killing boys for dinner. Hell, there are even parts of this film that are reminiscent of “The Craft”, so really this is like a mixed tape of teen witch/telekinetic films and demon revenge films.
This movie surprised me in that it was, A) actually scary, and B) not DTV (direct to video). The lovely lady playing the titular bitchy-witchy teen, Jenna Dewan, looks fantastic – and if I may be so bold to suggest, hotter than Jennifer in “Jennifer’s Body”. Seriously. Megan Fox has nothing on Jenna Dewan. And yet despite a stellar female lead, we totally get shafted in the hot male department. Even Tamara’s love interest, the high school journalism teacher, is totally blah, making Tamara the only PYT in this movie.
As mentioned, I was downright shocked at how this film turned out to be actually frightening and pretty damn hardcore for a DTV release. Like, “look away from the screen in fear” kind of frightening. In fact, “Tamara” pretty much tops “Jennifer’s Body” in gruesomeness and violence as well as sexiness, so take that, Jennifer! Ha! In “Tamara” we get a gruesome tongue cutting scene, with little to no pan-away shots, a girl who literally eats her own fingers off throughout the course of the movie, and a scene where Tamara bewitches two high school jock bullies into having anal sex with each other (off screen though, but still… hardcore!).
In the end though, “Tamara” is as predictable as you can be with these types of high school revenge flicks. The bullies get their come-uppances. Tamara learns it’s important to just be yourself and not dabble in witchcraft. And the audience learns that there is a better alternative to “Jennifer’s Body” in terms of films with hot chicks coming back to life to kill, kill, kill! Do I recommend you watch this film? Sure, why not? It’s not exactly high art, it’s just a good old fashioned revenge movie with little to offer besides sex appeal and some actual horror. Suffice it to say I was fully prepared for some major DTV suckage when I started watching, and “Tamara” proved me wrong.