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XCU: Extreme Close Up (2001)

From the producer of Friday the 13th and Freddy vs.Jason comes the next terrifying step in reality TV. An unpredictable and irresistible thriller about instant celebrity, primetime morality... See full summary »

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Sean S. Cunningham

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Tim Schlattmann (story), Marc Alexander (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Egan ... Karen Webber
Sarah Chalke ... Jane Bennett
Jay Michael Ferguson ... Dylan Dean
Reggie Lee ... Nuey Phan
Danica McKellar ... Sarah
Ellina McCormick ... Cody Ironwood
A.J. Buckley ... Terrance 'T-Bone' Tucker
Careena Melia Careena Melia ... Parker Eastman Clarke
Richard Stay Richard Stay ... Matthias Van Blaarderin
Essence Atkins ... Tamikah Jones
C. Thomas Howell ... Geoffrey Liddy
Dylan Neal ... Lew Constant
Stephon Fuller ... Jamaal
Damon Williams ... Paramedic
Jeffrey Pritz ... Drug Dealer
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From the producer of Friday the 13th and Freddy vs.Jason comes the next terrifying step in reality TV. An unpredictable and irresistible thriller about instant celebrity, primetime morality and America's endless appetite for junk food TV. Television producer Karen Webber has built her career on her ability to create top-rated primetime TV. But as housemates and crew start turning up dead on the hit show XCU, Karen and her cast of instant celebrities can't possibly anticipate just how extreme their reality show is about to become! Written by Anonymous

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A Sean S. Cunningham Must See
16 October 2014 | by mataloSee all my reviews

I can't believe, this movie only has been reviewed once before. Apparently it never got released. I stumbled over it in a DVD bargain bin in Italy (Milano Centrale I believe) and grabbed it immediately. With a production date in 2001 it looks pretty dated by now, but at the same time it's a time capsule of that era (the first 90s boom of Reality TV with shows like Real World, Big Brother and Survivor). The low DV quality definitely helps and is used very well. Sean S. Cunningham did a great job and it's a real shame, that nearly no one had the chance to see it. For me it's one of his best efforts (I only liked New Kids more than XCU). I especially liked to see the influence of Mario Bavas masterpiece Reazione a Catena (Twitch of the Death Nerve) again (as in Friday 13th). It's a very welcome return to his roots, although not as gory. The very authentic reality TV angle makes up for that. It's a great horror/slasher film as well as an intelligent media satire, even by todays standards. All the actors turn in good performances. I especially liked C. Thomas Howell (never thought of that remembering some of his more recent films of the last decade. Hunt this movie down and see for yourself.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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