Henry Lee Bishop is on death row for a series of grisly murders. Years
later, he's still in jail, solitary mostly, and similar murders happen.
Detective Starks investigates, including going to the prison to talk to
Bishop eyeball to eyeball.
A bunch of young idiots run a simulated-sex-and-murder-reenacted-over-Internet sort of business. They strive for realism. They fake each other out. It seems the director intends that we don't know what is real or not with this group.
A deaf, speechless young man plays video games and visits gory websites. One of these is 'House of Bodies' which supposedly was inspired by Henry Lee Bishop's place of residence. This is the website of the idiots mentioned above. In each room the young women re-enact murders committed there. Our young man reads all this on the site. That's the site's marketing ploy.
That's what the detectives are not seeing: the website seems to have generated at least one copycat killer.
Tracey runs the house and the site. Kelli is the new recruit who is a bit gun shy. Tisha is more accustomed to the work. Sadey left the job before she was murdered.
The deaf boy logs into the site, and Tracey assigns him to Kelli to talk to. They get to know each other a bit. Sadly, the killer comes in, then starts taking out the staff.
So, who gets out of this alive?
Cinematography: 9/10 Usually excellent.
Sound: 8/10 Usually quite good, but Terrence Howard was badly miked. AM radio in the desert sounds better. The incidental music was good for creepiness.
Acting: 8/10 Worth seeing for the interactions between Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda.
Screenplay: 8/10 Much better than I expected. Plot progresses well, and the detective solves a mystery.
While indulging his appetite for the grim and gruesome by patronizing a voyeuristic Web site that's based in a house where a serial killer once lived, a hearing-impaired boy begins to suspect that the site's violence is more than just make-believe.
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