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Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison, moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating and the terrifying realisation that his investigation may be putting his family in mortal danger.
I was really keen to see this based on the trailer but boy, what a let down. First of all, too dark. And I don't mean sinister - I mean the film is too dark. Too much happens in so much darkness that by the half way point you start wondering when they're going to reveal that the house hasn't had any overhead lights installed. Seriously, if I wanted to spend an hour and a half looking at my reflection on the screen hoping for a bit of a scare, I would have saved myself the four or so quid and stared in the bathroom mirror while humming the theme tune to 'Jaws'.
Secondly, kids in make up that are obviously kids in make up are not particularly spooky. They're just kids in make up. Sitting around in make up staring at a wall, looking over someone's shoulder in make up, chasing them down a hall while in slow motion still wearing make up are all...? Yeah, you guessed it. Not spooky. Just make up. With kids attached.
Thirdly, story's all over. Too many unanswered questions. Why did the first murder take place? Where was this demon before? It waited roughly two thousand years to kick off again? Why? Why the kids? Why not just him? What is the dog? Why does the son have night terrors or, more importantly, what on earth do they have to do with anything? Why oh why did no one piece together the screamingly obvious pattern before? Families are murdered in similar ways involving being bound and gagged and one kid goes missing. No one like, say, the FBI would investigate this, right? Dear me.
All in all, bad, lazy, rubbish plot as usual hidden beneath a whole lot of gimmickry and style effects that add up to an entirely predictable ending, a not particularly frightening 'demon' (more make up), and about an hour and a half of tedious over-kill with a bunch of kids that are about as sinister as watching my nan have her Christmas day kip after lunch. Watchable for Hawke who puts in a reliable performance but don't expect to see anything new. In fact, you're mainly just likely to see yourself. Make sure you have your make up on.
Brilliant film was watching it through my fingers most of the time lol! Fantastic story line and amazing cast :D
This films quite scary in parts and a good enough story,the 1 thing that ruined it for me was reading some of the reviews on here by the plums who find it funny to write what happens in the film,my advise rent it and don't read any more reviews.
- Genre: Horror
- Released: 2012
- © 2012 Alliance films (UK) limited. All rights reserved.