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Perkins 14 (2009)

  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 1,180 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 24 March 2010 (Philippines)
  • Runtime: 95 min
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Perkins 14 (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Perkins 14 (2009)
  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 1,180 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 24 March 2010 (Philippines)
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: MediaPro Studios, Bucharest, Romania
  • Director: Craig Singer
  • Stars: Patrick O'Kane, Richard Brake and Michale Graves
  • Original Music By: Kostas Christides   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Sheriff | Small Town | Basement | Deputy Sheriff | Pharmacist

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jeremy Donaldson  story
  • Lane Shadgett  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: Janine stabs a girl in the eye in the hotel room. When the camera cuts back to a face shot of the girl, the piece of glass and her wound isn't visible. Her face looks unharmed. Later on in the movie, her eye has the gash in it.

    Plot: In the small town of Stone Cove, Maine, deputy sheriff Dwayne Hopper is on the night shift at the police station… See more »  »

    Story: In the small town of Stone Cove, Maine, deputy sheriff Dwayne Hopper is on the night shift at the police station. He discovers that one of the prisoners in the holding cell is Ronald Perkins, a local psychiatrist and a suspect in the disappearance of 14 children over the past 10 years, including Hopper's young son. Interrogating Perkins, Hopper learns that the mad psychiatrist has built an army of 14 people brainwashed through cult-like methods to protect him from Perkins' parents' killers. Investigating, Hopper and the police unwittingly unleash his followers on the small town, and a night of terror beings as the 14 super-strong, zombie-like warriors wreck havoc with only one thing on their mind: "Kill for Mr. Perkins."Written by matt-282  


    Synopsis: On the 10th anniversary of his son’s kidnapping, a small town cop finds a connection to Ronald Perkins, a mysterious loner he just picked up for a traffic violation.Investigating Perkins further, he finds that he is behind 14 kidnappings from a decade ago, the children now released and drug-enhanced monsters as a means of revenge upon the townspeople.Ultimately, the town is placed under a state of emergency, and the officer, with his family, make their stand-off in the locked-down local prison. When the son, Kyle, leads the barbaric charge to the prison, the family must do what they can to redeem the young man, and bring back his humanity, or else become the next victims of Perkins’ 14.

    Directed by award-winning filmmaker Craig Singer ("Dark Ride," "Dead Dogs Lie," "A Good Night to Die"), with a screenplay by Lane Shadgett ("Luna Park," "All Lost Souls"), "Perkins’ 14" was developed online at Writers were invited to upload story pitches, and actors submitted audition videos. The site’s community members then voted on their favorite story and on which actors they thought deserved to be cast in the four main roles.The winning idea, submitted by Jeremy Donaldson, follows Robert Perkins, who at age six, becomes mentally unstable when his parents are brutally murdered inside their home. His psychosis has him living the rest of his life convinced that the killers will return in the future to kill him as well. At age 34, Perkins kidnaps 14 people from his hometown of Stone Cove and brainwashes them, creating a unified team of psycho killers. [D-Man2010]


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Stephanie Caleb known as executive producer
    • Jeremy Donaldson known as producer
    • Beau J. Genot known as co-producer
    • Brett Icahn known as executive producer
    • Laura Ivey known as executive producer
    • Matthew Kuipers known as producer
    • Christopher Milburn known as producer
    • Lucy Mukerjee known as associate producer
    • Craig Singer known as executive producer
    • Courtney Solomon known as executive producer
    • Chris M. Williams known as executive producer
    • Kenneth Woo known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Patrick O'Kane known as Dwayne Hopper
    • Richard Brake known as Ronald Perkins
    • Michale Graves known as Eric Ross
    • Mihaela Mihut known as Janine Hopper
    • Shayla Beesley known as Daisy Hopper
    • Gregory O'Connor known as Grodsky
    • Katherine Pawlak known as Felicity
    • Josh Davidson known as The Stranger
    • Jeremy Donaldson known as Sam
    • Trey Farley known as Scott
    • Sean Farragher known as Pete
    • Roxanna Ravenor known as Raggedy Woman
    • F. Stone Roberts known as Officer Weber
    • Dean Sansone known as Hal
    • C.J. Singer known as Kyle
    • Torri Singer known as Sammy
    • Andrei Vintileanu known as Raggedy Man
    • Christine Barger known as Herself
    • Jannette Bloom known as Herself
    • Artie Brennan known as Himself
    • Jason Crowe known as Himself
    • Jim Hasani known as Himself
    • Peter Hoey known as Himself
    • Robert Scott Howard known as (archive footage)
    • Roni Jonah known as Herself
    • Aubrey Mozino known as Herself
    • Heather Tocquigny known as Herself



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Mari Dascalescu known as key makeup artist (as Mari Tempea)
    • Ionel Popa known as special makeup effects artist

    Art Department:

    • Elena Cozlovschi known as assistant art director
    • Marius Florescu known as art department coordinator
    • Blackwell Hird known as storyboard artist




    Production Companies:

    • After Dark Films
    • FanLib Studios
    • Massify Media

    Other Companies:

    • Buzz Factory, The  promotions
    • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
    • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance


    • After Dark Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Cinestar (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
    • Albatros Film (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
    • New Select (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
    • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Sunfilm Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Simon Frame known as visual effects producer
    • Sanjiv Naik known as digital compositor
    • Paul Naveen known as compositing supervisor: Pixion
    • Natalie Stopford known as visual effects producer
    • Suchita Suryamurty known as visual effects coordinator

    Release Date:

    • USA 9 January 2009 (After Dark Horrorfest)
    • USA 31 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Philippines 24 March 2010
    • Japan 9 April 2010 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for graphic bloody violence, terror, language and some sexuality



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      In the resort town of Stone Cove, thirteen children are missing formore than ten years. One of them is Kyle, the beloved son of SheriffDwayne Hopper (Patrick O'Kane) that is obsessed to know what happenedto him. When the pharmacist Ronald Perkins (Richard Brake) is arrested,Dwayne suspects that he might have abducted his son, and he asks hispal Hal (Dean Sansone) that is at home to go to Perkins' house toinvestigate. Hal goes to the basement and finds many cells, andaccidentally he releases the creatures that are imprisoned. Hal ismurdered and the creatures escape. Dwayne goes to the place withPerkins and discovers the fate of the missing children that arereleased on the streets of Stone Cove in a hellish night.

      The gore "Perkins'14" is a sort of combination of the disturbing andsick Travis Betz's "Joshua (2006)" with any zombie movie. The result isdisappointing since the attitudes of the lead characters are stupid inmany times. The funniest part is when Janine asks her husband if he isall right. The guy has just found that he is a cuckold; his teenagedaughter is a slut; and his beloved son has been abused for ten yearsand has become a monster. Further he has just seen many dreadful deathsand they are trapped in a basement under siege of powerful zombie-likecreatures. Couldn't the writer have a more appropriate line for thatmoment? The conclusion is so imbecile that ruins the promising parts ifthis flick. My vote is five.

      Title (Brazil): Not Available

    2. homerjer from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      1) A small-town police force is not prepared for a brain-addled zombieinvasion, even if the invasion only consists of 14. Small towns shouldhave the state police and National Guard on speed dial.

      2) The police station in Stone Cove is amazingly bereft of guns.

      3) The citizens of Stone Cove don't have a fight-or-flight response. Ithas been replaced by a "stand and watch while killers approach"response.

      4) People who wander off to the bathroom in the middle of a crisissituation deserve to die.

      5) While some actors from the UK can do a very good job of soundingAmerican, Patrick O'Kane (who plays lead character Dwayne Hopper) isnot one of them.

      6) Love may conquer all, but it's a bit much to expect when heavy PCPuse is involved.

      7) The film Perkins 14 is a lot like many of its characters:Good-looking but not very smart. Sadly, even a very good premise can'tbear the weight of too much stupidity.

    3. trashgang from Midian
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      After All The Boys Love Mandy Lane another great movie withsurprisingly plots came from Hollywood. Let me first say that PatrickO'Kane gives a great performance as a copper to found out what happenedto his kidnapped kid. Another great performance by the serial killerRichard Broke. What a face he has, casting excellent. The way his facehas been lightened, the use of light and shadow in other scene's, theuse of editing for example the scene with felicity in the toilet, man,this is perfeclty done in an arty way, luckily it never becomes artyfarty. The script is great too, for me there are two films in one,first part, the story of the serial killer, second part, story of hisvictims. And when you think everything is okay than you get smashed inthe face from the plot twists. It became time that some independentfilm makers in the states made some gems like this and Mandy Lane. Theeffects are great too, the blood and the gore is explicit. Starting asa suspense who-done-it, turning over in a zombie flick is perfectlydone. I've seen the full uncut, be sure to catch that one 'cause I canguess know what will be cut out. I'm not a big zombie freak but thisone surely got me.

    4. xxxLadyKroftxxx from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      Today's horror movies are a far cry from the ones I grew up on. Rarely,if ever, do you find the hard-edged rawness of "The Texas ChainsawMassacre" or the original "Halloween" in today's highly-polishedofferings. "Perkins' 14" is an outstanding exception. Watching thismovie is akin to riding a very, very scary roller coaster. It startsoff easily enough, building up a great back story and creating empathyand understanding for the main characters. Then, suddenly, you'replunged into a hellish heart pounding ride that leaves you, at the end,trembling with sweaty palms. The acting in this movie is superb andbelievable, the story is unique, the directing is masterful, and thephotography is amazing. At first I had an issue with the darkappearance of this movie. However, on second viewing I realized itcontributed to the entire ambiance and storyline. Considering the timeconstraints the director, cast, and crew were under, this movie turnedout beautifully. I doubt it would have in less capable hands. It is myopinion that Perkins' 14 will go down in cinematic history as one ofthe top horror movies of all time. For those who doubt it, rememberthat "Halloween" was widely panned in it's day by critics who wereunable to see the future of the genre. For those of you who like happyendings, look up "Disney" and/or "Pixar", because this movie won't giveyou one. What it will give you is honest-to-goodness hardcore horror,which is what a good horror movie should do. Watch it if you dare.

    5. marymorrissey from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      incompetent. towards the beginning there is a part when the guy ispopping open a beer and drinking it and it takes like 6 shots just forthat! and it's not stylish as aren't these annoying flashbacks and thesputtering light throughout the latter part of the movie that seems tohave gone to everyone's brain. in one scene this girl leaves the groupto go to the bathroom she gets some kind of murder by being partiallypulled through the ceiling and screams a lot and the group wonders"what was that?" over like 15 shots hey maybe it's the b who went totake a p for goodnessakes! the wife cuts her hand badly stabbing one ofthe zombies with a shard of helpfully broken glass… but later has nowound. I mean basically this movie was very incompetent.

    6. lovecraft231 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      One a night shift, deputy sheriff Dwayne Hopper (Patrick O'Kane) findsout some terrible things about Ronald Perkins (Richard Brake) and thedisappearance of 14 children-one of whom was Hopper's son. Well, Hopperkills Perkins in a fit of rage, and the next thing you know 14 nearlyunstoppable zombie like killers cause mayhem in town with only onething in mind-kill for Perkins.

      While it sounds great, "Perkins 14" is a mess from the get go. Howcould a movie with such an inventive premise go wrong? Well, forstarters, the acting (save for Brake, whose performance as Perkins isbone chilling) is universally awful and largely amateur at best. Whileit's satisfyingly gory and has some decent moments in direction (I lovethe use of color schemes which bring to mind directors such as Argento,Bava and Fulci), the script is terrible and ends up beinguninteresting, while the conclusion is too anti-climactic, theplot-holes are too gaping, the characters are uninteresting and theediting and score are jarring. I could go on really.

      So why am I giving it 3? Because it's at least original, has some nicegore and has a few interesting moments. In the end though, it remindedme somewhat of another bad horror movie I've reviewed called "FrozenScream" in that it has a great premise, yet it all goes to waste andfeels like a letdown.

      This is also the 4th of this years "8 Films To Die For" I've seen sofar. As of now, the gory and blackly comic "Autopsy" is the only onethat I've enjoyed, as the others have been decent but disappointing("The Brøken "), a total mess (the film reviewed within) and pedestrianand dull ("Dying Breed.") So far, this years Horrorfest has mostly beena letdown. Too bad really. Maybe the next one will have more goodentries. If not, then maybe they should just stop now.

    7. udar55 from Williamsburg, VA
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      On the tenth anniversary of his son's abduction, Deputy Dwayne Hopper(Patrick O'Kane) thinks he might have the kidnapper in one of hisholding cells. Ronald Perkins (Richard Brake) was picked up and all ofthe info he has been giving up isn't matching up. Sending an off dutybuddy to Perkins' house, Hopper soon finds out that Perkins is indeedthe Stone Cove Kidnapper and a man with a sinister plan. Part of AfterDark Horrorfest III, this little film started off so good. It has agreat premise and set up, but the major plot action ends at 40 minutesin, leaving me wondering what in the world they were going to fill theremaining 50 minutes with. The rest falls into standard "people beingstalked" territory. O'Kane and Brake are interesting leads, both menhaving unique looks that set them apart from the usual shiny teen leadcasts we see nowadays. Director Craig Singer (DARK RIDE) does anexcellent job of disguising Romania for Maine and the film isincredibly well shot. Too bad he kinda blew it with the handling of theplot. Look for former Misfits replacement singer Michale Graves in asupporting role.

    8. viofitz from Indonesia
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      For once I thought this film is telling a father who will manage tofight his own fear to understand the situation of his son from beingone of a perkin's victim. Yet I was wrong, he's weaker than he looks…The first scene till the middle scene is clearly shown that he's great& I'm startin' to admire his bravery. However, in the middle to the endthe father become completely an idiot by letting a prisoner go out byherself, killing his partner for being weak in the critical situation,her wife crawling alone I thought he will accompany her from behind indarkness, & for being weak with his son. I understand for his feelingbut need to know that the son is missing around 10 years so it would behard to recognize his father since the son is still a little brat whenhe's kidnapped, also his mind is totally screwed. Ahh… Honestly Ireally like this movie actually in the beginning but hate it when goingto the end, it's so terrible for the character's roles…. Overall themovie itself is not so bad from the environment even though the cameraangle sucks, & what I really like is the prologue… The case of thefather for missing his son is totally outstanding, & the middle of themovie were good. Also the mother is hot, too bad she's a slut! Then thefollowed scene to the last at the building were sucks as hell! Theending came to be like that, so is there any plan for a sequel? I thinkit will need for exterminating + mutilate the 14 victims….

    9. Scarecrow-88 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      A deeply sorrowful policeman, Dwayne Hopper(Patrick O'Kane)had a sonkidnapped as did thirteen other families and the man responsible hediscovers was picked up on a speeding charge. The man is RonaldPerkins(Richard Brake), a pharmacist who's "friends with the judge",but some particular comments he makes to Dwayne(..along with a missingfinger)throws up signals that he was the one who kidnapped his son.Pleading with an off-duty cop to investigate Perkins' home, policemanHal(Dean Sansone)hears noise in the basement and discovers a hiddenroom containing prison cells..lifting a switch, the bars open and"they" are released..those 14 kids, now ten years older, aren'tremotely human as we'd describe. Hal is ferociously attacked and soonDwayne, along with his prisoner, investigate for himself what lieswithin that secret room, and the horrifying discoveries will change thelandscape of the sleepy town of Stone Grove forever.

      Craig Singer's PERKINS 14 ambiguously relates to us why these youthsare such ferocious, cannibalistic, practically unstoppable predators.Through some collected recordings in Perkin's hidden room, Dwaynerealizes that they were held prisoner, not allowed to talk, barely fed,and injected with drugs(..PCP is one such drug established)..being apharmacist, Perkins may've even experimented with these kids, pumpingtheir systems with only God know what. The killers resemble thefast-moving zombies of the modern horror era..they move fast, theireyes are albino(..representing the loss of humanity, nothing visible ),clothes tattered, and attack with feverish intensity. Victims who oftenencounter them have little time to defend themselves and the killersrip them to shreds, devouring their flesh like hungry vultures. Thefilm is depressingly bleak and the story of the family of the Hoppersis quite a somber, tragic one. I feel like the film's strength is theeffects on the Hoppers regarding the loss of the son and how happinesshas eroded over time due to Dwayne's detachment from his loved ones andlife in general. Before the killer youths are unleashed on the town, wesee how Dwayne's obsession in finding Kyle has caused a frictionbetween himself and his wife/daughter. Wife Janine(Mihaela Mihut)hasbeen having an affair with a local stud, and daughter Daisy(ShaylaBeesley)is enamored with a potential rock star. When circumstances penthe Hoppers inside the town sheriff's department, they will have to putaside their differences, and ban together..but, facing the sheerthought of killing his son in order to save themselves is what drivesthe central emotional conflict, and Dwayne's plight draws enormoussympathy. It would be incredibly hard for a parent, once he's finallyfound the long-lost son everyone said was dead, to actually kill him.The hope that he can reach Kyle is what motivates the dread..deepinside we know that Dwayne's outcome will probably not end well, butunderstand why he makes such decisions. While I don't understand whythese kids attack humans with weapons, tearing into their flesh, andyet aren't able to determine any human emotion at all(..or understandthat their actions aren't justified), they are a frighteningbrood..director Singer displays their cruel methods ofdestruction(..such as the use of a champagne bottle to smash in a faceor the off-distance shot of a flashlight bobbing up and down in thedark as we squishing sounds)in devastating ways, while we also witnesstheir nasty eating habits( victim's stomach is torn open as theyremove his organs and intestines)and determined pursuit forvictims( female killer youth is so desirable for Janine, locked ina bathroom, her fingernails come apart as she rips up and down thedoor). The tragic fate of the Hoppers, at the hands of their own Kyle,is particularly chilling because a promise is broken. Most of theattacks are often cleverly disguised by Singer through camera movement,careful editing, and flickering light(..not to mention the darkness ofnight). Plenty of blood shed, though.

      The major problem that rather ate at me(..pun intended)was the ideathat Perkins planned all of this in advance, his imprisonment would setoff the cycle of events that would's the "Saw" logic thateverything would have to perfectly fall into place for his "revenge" onthose who quit looking for their children(..his psychosis derives fromthe fact that those investigating the slaughter of his parents while hewas in the house and could hear the whole thing gave up, just callingthis situation a murder-suicide)to be successful, with charactersexactly behaving predictably as he planned it in his mind.

    10. The_Void from Beverley Hills, England
      30 Mar 2012, 1:46 pm

      Of all the '8 Films to Die For' that I've seen (which is most of them),this one is undoubtedly the best (though that isn't saying much). It'snot what I'd call brilliant horror, and certainly could have been a lotbetter, but there are some really good ideas here and they're wellcarried off by the director and his cast. The film could be called azombie film – although I think that isn't really an accuratedescription. The film does take some influence from said genre, but themonsters in the film aren't zombies – instead, they're teenagers highon PCP. The plot focuses on a small town cop, who is devastated by theloss of his young son some years earlier. He's called into work afterone of the other cops took the night off sick, and is intrigued by oneof the prisoners in his cells. He notices the guy is missing a finger,and jumps to the conclusion that he's holding the man who kidnapped hisson. After sending another officer to the prisoners' house, all hellbreaks loose when the fourteen maniacs being held in his basement arelet loose!

      The whole film takes place at night, and director Craig Singer (whopreviously made the half-decent 'Dark Ride') makes best use of this asit gives the film a tremendous dark atmosphere that serves the centralplot line well. It's basically a film of two halves; the first halffocuses on the interaction between the two central characters – the copand the prisoner. The best thing about the first half is the suspenseand intrigue drummed up as we wonder exactly what is in the guy'sbasement – the sequence that reveals it is really well done. The secondhalf is much more action packed and sees the maniacs let loose on thestreets, and then we watch as the cop desperately tries to keep hisfamily safe. The film is rather savage in the gore department – thoughto the director's credit, he's restrained with the gore and uses itonly when needed – which ensures the biggest impact. The fact that thespecial effects are well done is also to the film's credit. The plotline flowing throughout the film regarding the officer's son isinteresting; but soon gets silly. It also has to be said that many ofthe character decisions throughout the film are questionable. Still,this is an interesting effort and I would say if you only see one 'filmto die for', make sure it's this one.

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