DVD: The Tattooist (18)

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There's something sort of intriguing about seeing a tattoo come to life and wreak bloody havoc on the body it's inked on.

Other than that, it is very difficult to come up with anything kind to say about this piece of horror codswallop, the first film from New Zealand director Peter Burger. As Jason Behr's totally uninteresting tattoo artist wrestles with the curse that's making his artworks come to life and turn beastly, plot holes gape and unintentionally comic actors abound. The pace mounts in the second half, but the pseudo-mystical bunkum about evil Samoan spirits is too laughable for Burger to generate anything resembling an atmosphere. Save your cash and put it towards a nice dragon on your bicep, or something...