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Plot: Upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s grave has been vandalized, Marie travels to the desolate island town where she’s buried. Just as she arrives, the island closes for the season, leaving Marie trapped in a nightmare.
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Silent hill vibes without the intersting monsters
During my whole watch through of this film I had one singular thought coursing through my mind, “This would have made a hell of a survivor horror game”. For those uninitiated, it’s a genre of games where your primary objective is to escape the horrifying goings-on around you. People lost in a strange town they can’t escape from, people being chased in a forest by unknown assailants, that sort of thing. This movie is right up the alley of that genre and I swear that even the soundtrack was reminiscent of the first Silent Hill (the game, not so much the film of the same name although it can also be argued that that it could be an inspiration for this movie).
There’s a weird island/town, a distinct sound (the raising of the bridge), weird townspeople that act absolutely crazy, and a lot of fog. As a fan of Silent Hill, I immediately drew the comparisons and think I enjoyed this movie that much more because of it. Not because the movie was bad on its own, per se, it was just that I really liked how things transpired throughout the film, in a way that clearly reminded me of one of my favorite gaming franchises.
That being said, the acting in this movie is really well done (even the townspeople play there roles perfectly), and while the movie is light on actual scares, I was effectively creeped out at certain points, especially by the town florist. The music was effective and really put you in the mood, and the movie looked good (in that there was obvious care put into the cinematography, set pieces and framing of each shot). The only sour note in the whole movie were the special effects. They were sparse, and when they did show it, it looked cheap and obviously home made. There are more effective ways to use practical effects than this, so it kind of ruined a movie that had a lot of good thing going for it.
Overall, if you are a gamer and enjoy survival horror, you’ll like this movie. Everyone else will find it very hit or miss.
About as Good as Low Budget Horror Can Be
Premise is a standard horror trope. Someone called back to a remote town or village by what seems to be circumstance, but ultimately is a plot by a mysterious evil peril. And in this case, we seem to be borrowing the milieu from Lovecraft.
This film is anchored by a protagonist who has to carry the entire enterprise on her shoulders. Jocelin Donahue pulls it off. She is lovely, tired, scared, confused and is a solid actress that makes it work. No other character has that much screen time or relevance, but nobody really does a bad job. Melora Walters is solid in her role as Marie’s mom.
The little town filled with weird people who don’t ever answer questions when you ask. The plot device of a townie who pulls you aside to let you know something isn’t right and they will help. There is nothing new here. And we have a low budget, and no grand affects. So we need pacing, music, flashbacks, quick cuts to keep us engaged and for the most part the director, Mickey Keating does a good job.
The story is about impending inevitable doom. So this is just a ride watching Donahue’s Marie character react as she is led further and further into the trap being set by evil.
We start, carry on, and end in fairly standard horror movie fashion. There is nothing new or wild here. But overall, it is engaging and fairly well-done. This type of horror maybe lacks the cheap scares that certain movie-goers require, but as a fan of horror, I can appreciate it for what it is. A well executed small budget horror movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 23 min (83 min)
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director Mickey Keating
Writer Mickey Keating
Actors Jocelin Donahue, Joe Swanberg, Richard Brake
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
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Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
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