Horror Review – Totem (1999)

Horror Review - Totem (1999)Director: David DeCoteau
Writers: Charles Band (story), Benjamin Carr
Stars: Jason Faunt, Marissa Tait and Eric W. Edwards

Six people find themselves inexplicably transported to a remote cabin that is surrounded by an invisible barrier. In a nearby graveyard, they discover an ancient, carved stone monument that they dub a “totem pole.” Soon, they find themselves trapped in a murderous plot by malevolent forces that can control and manipulate their actions with the ultimate goal being to unleash three demonic entities from the monument.

Hard to imagine that there is actually a movie from Full Moon Pictures that I have not seen yet, but Totem was one of them. I thought that the basic premise for Totem was pretty good. Six teenagers find themselves at a cabin. Three will kill. Three will die. Sounds interesting enough. I was even getting into this movie for a good 30 minutes wondering where it was going to go. After that point, I completely lost interest and finishing it became a chore.

The movie was not completely unwatchable. I can see people getting into it, but it is definitely not for me. I figured that it was worth the chance since it was rated 3 out of 5 stars on Netflix. To me, 3 out of 5 stars for a cheesy horror movie should make a quite entertaining movie to watch. In this case, I would have given it a 2 out of 5, but a 3 out of 5 is quite the stretch. I am glad that I watched it, but there will be no second viewing for me on this one.