Nine Lives (2002) Movie Review

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Nine Lives (2002)

2002 | R | Horror, Thriller
85 minutes / 1h 25min

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Nine Lives Plot Synopsis:

Tim plans to spend his 21st birthday at his Scottish estate with eight of his closest friends. Amongst the excitement of rediscovering old friendships, no one minds that a snowstorm has cut them off from the rest of the outside world. Everything is set for the perfect weekend, until one of the guests stumbles across an old history of the house with the power to unleash the horrors of Scotland's past. The book tells of Murray, the old Scot patriot, who has had his eyes torn out and his house taken away during the English invasion. Intent on exacting bloody revenge on the reunited English friends Murray possesses the body of a guest and turns him into a murderer. He seems impossible to stop as when the possessed guest is killed, Murray passes into the killer to continue his mission of murdering all nine of them. It is survival of the fittest as the friendships are pushed to the limit. No one can guess who the next killer will be or how to break the chain. Only one will survive.

Nine Lives (2002) Review

Nine Lives (2002) is a low budget movie UK/American thriller horror movie that is about 85 minutes long and was filmed in Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK. Director, producer and screenplay writer Andrew Green failed at making his first movie and did not work in the film industry after Nine Lives. Nine Lives revolves around Tim (Patrick Kennedy - Atonement (2007), War Horse (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), A Good Year (2006)) inviting eight friends for a weekend to celebrate his 21st birthday in his Scottish mansion.

Tim’s eight guests are Pete (David Nicolle - Hiroshima (2005), Band of Brothers (2001)) who is his former college roommate. Laura (Amelia Warner - Quills (2000), Æon Flux (2005), Mansfield Park (1999), The Echo (2008)) who is Pete’s former girlfriend. Emma (Rosie Fellner - The Trip to Italy (2014), Distant Shadow (2000), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)) who is Laura’s best friend. Lucy (Vivienne Harvey - The Dead Outside (2008), Sparks (2009), Carmen’s Kiss (2010)) who is Emma’s former roommate. Jo (Paris Hilton - The Bling Ring (2013), Pledge This! (2006), House of Wax (2005)) who is Lucy’s New York socialite friend. Tom (Lex Shrapnel - Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Flyboys (2006), Lines Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)) who is Jo’s Manchester boyfriend. College friends Damien (James Schlesinger - Captain Webb (2015)) and Andy (Ben Peyton - The Bill (1984), Make Me a Supermodel 2006 (2006), Making the News (2009)).

Tom found a book about a local Scottish lord named Murray that was put to death in 1746. Tom unknowingly summons Murray’s spirit when reading the book that screams a reign of terror on the birthday celebration. Murray possesses Tom’s body and turns his eyes black. Tom/Murray did not hesitate to start a killing spree. SPOILER: Tom/Murray kills Jo and then Emma as she was going to bed. Tim manages to kill Murray, but Tim dies instead of Murray and Murray continue his killing spree. Five of the remaining survivors stuck together in a room and tried to figure out what in the world is going on. Laura found the book and discovered that Murray will transfer his spirit to anyone that kills his possessed body.

I gave this movie a two because I was interested at first in seeing who Tim invited to his party. I thought the movie was going to be about Tim seeking revenge on his former girlfriend and her friends of friends, but the movie had a twist and proved me wrong. After the twist was revealed, the movie went downhill from that point on and never picked up. It was the same old horror movie where people end up killing each other because of spirit possession. The film lacked directorial skills, a good screenplay, good actors, good camera man and did somewhat good special effects. The special effects were worse than anything I have ever seen.

  • Nine Lives Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 2
  • Overall Score: 2.20
  • IMDB: 2.3

About Nine Lives 2002

Title: Nine Lives
Year: 2002
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.1/5 stars from 3,188 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 3,188
MPAA Rating: R
Nine Lives Cast Starring: Paris Hilton, Amelia Warner, David Leitch, Patrick Kennedy, Lex Shrapnel, Rosie Fellner, Vivienne Harvey, David Nicolle, Ben Peyton, James Schlesinger, Paul Smith, Maureen Turner
Nine Lives Writers: Andrew Green, Tom MacRae
Nine Lives Director: Andrew Green
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
Language: English
Country: UK