Joe Chappelle (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This is a curiously clunky mix of sci-fi and horror from Miramax offshoot Dimension Films, a company that revitalised the teen horror market with movies such as Scream and The Faculty. Rose McGowan (Charmed) and Joanna Going play sisters who return to their isolated home town and discover that virtually everyone has vanished. Ben Affleck plays the puzzled local cop and Peter O'Toole hams it up as a dotty scientist who holds the key to the mystery. However, despite the presence of Scream alumni McGowan and Liev Schreiber and a script from horror maestro Dean R Koontz (adapting his own novel), this fails in the fright department, with too much talk and not enough gore.


Two sisters return to their small home town in Colorado for a skiing holiday, only to find everyone has vanished. Eventually, they cross paths with the baffled sheriff and an eccentric paranormal expert - and as they start to work out what happened, they find evidence that points to an ancient evil force. Horror based on the Dean Koontz novel, with Peter O'Toole, Ben Affleck, Liev Schreiber and Rose McGowan.

Cast & Crew

Timothy Flyte Peter O'Toole
Dr Jennifer Pailey Joanna Going
Lisa Pailey Rose McGowan
Sheriff Bryce Hammond Ben Affleck
Deputy Stu Wargle Liev Schreiber
General Leland Copperfield Clifton Powell
Deputy Steve Shanning Nicky Katt
Soldier Velazquez Michael DeLorenzo
Scientist Lockland Rick Otto
Scientist Talbot John Hammil
Agent Hawthorne Bo Hopkins
Agent Wilson Robert Knepper
Director Joe Chappelle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD