The Telling

PLOT:

The Telling is a horror anthology film. The most exclusive and cruel sorority on campus, headed by Stephanie (Holly Madison), is in the final days of rush. For their final task the three remaining pledges are required to tell the scariest story they know.

The first pledge Tonya (Jessica Noboa) tells a true story she heard from a friend. Tommy (Ryan Freeman) finds a doll in a dumpster and brings it home to his girlfriend Lily (Rebekah Kochan). But things turn deadly when the doll develops a mind of its own.

The second story told by Phoebe (Stephanie Sanborn) is about a former A-list actress, Eva DeMarco (Bridget Marquardt), who wants to be back on top. So she accepts a role from an elusive filmmaker in a desolate region in Romania (John D’Aquino). But this isn’t just any ordinary film, the crew has a deadly secret.

Finally, it is Haley’s (Jean-Louise O’Sullivan) turn to tell her scary story. It revolves around three girls whose harmless prank call has deadly repercussions.

After all of the girls tell their story it is time for the sorority sisters to make their decision. But not everyone is happy with the decision and not all of them make it out to tell the tale.

REVIEW:

If not for the episode of Girls Next Door where they were filming this, I wouldn’t know anything about it. I suppose I shouldn’t have expected too much from it, but being the eternal optimist, I was hoping for something better than what I actually saw.

I’m sure we’ve all seen bad movies of varying degrees of badness. This isn’t the worst bad movie, but it is one of the ones that should go up there. The sad part is that both Holly Madison and Bridget Marquadt prove they are more than pretty faces and smokin’ hot bods.

Both Bridget and Holly aren’t going to be invited to the Oscar’s based on this film, but they have to start somewhere and what better place to start than with something close to home.

Bridget does surprisingly well as aging starlet Eva DeMarco. I didn’t know this about Bridget, but she turns 35 or 36 this year, and broke up with Hugh Hefner and moves out of the mansion. Her role in the film kinda resembles her rel life follies.

Holly does not seem like the bitchy type. From all I know, she is very nice and relatable, so for her to take on the tole of Stephanie was a bit of a stretch for her, but she does pretty good, especially when you take into account she’s not an actress.

The rest of the cast is comprised of former Playmate models, including the Playboy Mansion which provided the setting for much of the picture.

Although this thing stars Playmates, this is not a Playboy flick, but rather a real film. I think that might have been a reason I was bit disappointed. I was kind of expectign to see some skin, as bad as that sounds.

Going to the horror aspect of this picture. They deserve an honrable mention for trying, but it just never matriculates into anything. The idea of having sorority girls telling ghost stories before they can become pledges seem a bit like hazing to me, but I believe that was the whole point.

This is not the kind of film that will scare you out of your socks, nor is it the kind that will be winning any cinematic awards, save for the kind that are given to the worst. Only time will tell, though. This film is so bad, that it may become relevant in a short amount of time as a cult classic. Until such time as that happens, I would suggest staying away.

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

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