Somebody Help Me (2007) Movie Review

(Movie Review by James D. Bass) In the 2007 film “Somebody Help Me” it is apparent that writer/director Chris Stokes is a fan of horror flicks, as he manages to borrow almost every line, and every plot point from other films. This is the cinematic equivalent of paint-by-numbers, with the colors switched. Borrowing from his cadre of artists on his record label TUG (The Ultimate Group) Stokes creates a film best watched in a group setting so that everyone can get a chance to point out which film each scene is stolen from and what’s destined to happen next. If you’ve never seen a horror film, this one might make you squirm, if only during the murder and mutilation. However, if you’re a fan… this recipe is followed to the letter, but delivers a bland dish.

Music artists turned actors Omari “Omarion” Grandberry (Darryl Jennings) and Marques Houston (Brendan Young) deliver somewhat tolerable performances as the main characters who, along with their girlfriends (played by Alexis Fields and Brooklyn Sudano) head off to a cabin to celebrate a birthday. Joined later by white friends that disappear as quickly as they appear the quartet dance along to the familiar soundtrack in perfect step. Inter-cut with scenes of sociopathic brutality that kept a make-up artist employed for one more project the plot ambles forward like a zombie in search of a victim that makes the mistake of slowing down or, of course, wandering out into the woods alone. Viewing the DVD allowed the pause button to make space for groaning and head shaking. Fields’ character is burdened when asked to describe their missing friends of providing the one word answer of… you guessed it, “White”.

Shot in Arrowhead, California “Somebody Help Me” is gifted with some beautiful green foliage as a picturesque back drop. But the film negative of the central characters was unnecessary, and disappointing. It is certainly understandable that African-Americans need to claim their rightful place in every media to achieve more equality. But one hopes going into something like this that Stokes would attempt to make it his own. Apparently, casting is the only change that needed to be made to deliver another film to this genre. However, there is just enough delivered from cast and crew to spark hope that next time art will emerge. For now, this hotel room painting probably won’t catch your eye.

Chris Stokes (director) / Chris Stokes (screenplay)
CAST: Donna DuPlantier … Nurse
Alexis Fields … Kimmy
Jessica Friedman … Barbara Hilton
Luke Fryden … Ken Thomas
Omarion Grandberry … Darryl Jennings
Marques Houston … Brendan Young
Christopher Jones … Seth


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  • adriana

    wtf, this movie is pefect.
    must see!

    • Peterjack12

      This MUST have been the first horror film you’ve seen!

  • adriana

    wtf, this movie is pefect.
    must see!

  • Josh W.

    I just seen this movie on BET, and it was off the chain. Kept you on your feet wondering what would happen next. Marques and Omarion did they thang in this. MUST SEE!!!

  • Josh W.

    I just seen this movie on BET, and it was off the chain. Kept you on your feet wondering what would happen next. Marques and Omarion did they thang in this. MUST SEE!!!

  • Clarkin93

    this movie was the worst ive ever seen in my whole entire life. wat was the point of thee wee girl wat was the secret too twisted to tell? the storyline was awful and the acting was pathetic. shite

    • Peterjack12

      I’ve seen worse, but I can’t remember when – - -

  • Peterjack12

    This review is too kind. This film was the worst I’ve ever seen. Every single ludicrous cliche was used here. The setting (yet ANOTHER cabin in the woods, rented by a group of teenagers,threatened by a psycho!) demands something really original to succeed.
    We are asked to believe that ten teenagers – among them five healthy young men – could be kidnapped by a demented plastic surgeon and held prisoner. We are also asked to believe that the lead character – who shows off his big muscles from the beginning – would resort to hiding from this old psycho like a wimp, rather than confronting him.
    All the senseless cliches were here: would people terrified for their lives really fail to look for a weapon of defense? Turn their backs on open doors and windows, forget to get the car keys? Decide to ‘split up’ when searching for their friends? Then there was the doddery old sherriff and his retarded deputy. The list is endless —

    I really think that horror films need an injection of originality, or they will die.