‘Revenge has a killer body’
Tamara is a 2005 American horror feature film directed by Jeremy Haft from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick (Return to the Cabin by the Lake; Final Destination, Day of the Dead remake). It was given a brief theatrical run by City Lights Pictures in January 2006.
The movie stars Jenna Dewan Tatum (American Horror Story; Witches of East End), Katie Stuart (Fangs), Chad Faust, Bryan Clark, Melissa Marie Elias (The Exorcism of Molly Hartley), Gil Hacohen, Marc Devigne, Matthew Marsden (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Resident Evil: Extinction) and Claudette Mink (The Outer Limits (1998), R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour).
Tamara Riley is a shy and unattractive but intelligent girl, with a fascination for witchcraft and a crush on Bill Natolly, her English teacher. When a critical article she writes about the school’s athletes is published, two of the star athletes, Shawn and Patrick, want revenge.
That night, a prank is orchestrated by Shawn and Patrick, along with Shawn’s girlfriend Kisha. Shawn calls Tamara, impersonating Mr. Natolly, and invites her to a motel room. A video camera is placed there and catches Tamara undressing. Shawn, Patrick, and Kisha watch this, along with three others who did not know about the prank (Chloe, Jesse, and Roger). Shawn comes in and taunts Tamara, and Tamara is accidentally killed in a struggle.
Despite Chloe’s demands that they inform the police, she is blackmailed into helping bury Tamara. However, they are shocked when Tamara walks into class, looking more attractive than before…
“The film also prides itself on not having over the top gore, although one well done puke shot is horrifying just for the thought behind it, and there is another scene which requires a stronger stomach. Still, for a horror-thriller that pretty much went right to video shelves in the states, Haft’s film is a guilty pleasure and a golden nugget.” Darren Seeley, Choking on Popcorn
“It isn’t just the script and the effects that contribute to making Tamara a memorable viewing experience either. The performance turned in by its star and title character Jenna Dewan is truly top notch. To call her versatile would be an understatement as she essentially plays two roles in the film.” Steve Barton, Dread Central
“The script has some good ideas, but the direction is so bland it betrays them […] Some of the deaths, cheesily shot as they may be, are quite awesome, such as when she makes a guy think he was buried alive or makes another literally puke her guts out. Sweet!” Horror Movie a Day
“The film’s one ace in the hole proves to be Jenna Dewan. The transformation from nerd girl to sexpot is by-the-book cliche but Dewan incarnates the latter half with a genuine sizzle, managing to make everything she says into a seductive come-on or a taunt.” Richard Scheib, Moria
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Cast and characters:
- Jenna Dewan … Tamara Riley
- Matthew Marsden … Mr. Bill Natolly
- Katie Stuart … Chloe
- Claudette Mink … Mrs. Allison Natolly
- Chad Faust … Jesse
- Melissa Elias … Kisha
- Gil Hacohen … Patrick
- Chris Sigurdson … Mr. Riley, Tamara’s father
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