Before last year’s Marmite horror film, Oculus, writer-director Mike Flanagan brought this weird little film.
It centres on Callie – the wild one visiting after a long absence – and her sister Tricia, who’s about to declare her missing husband ‘dead in absentia’ following his disappearance seven years earlier. As Tricia prepares to file the paperwork, strange things begin to happen and when Callie starts digging she finds out about other local disappearances that seem to involve a nearby underpass. I feel like I want to say “dot, dot, dot” now, because I don’t want to give anything away for those who might want to see this one.
So, I really want to be positive about this one because, while far from perfect, I think they did a bloody good job considering it only cost $70,000, which is peanuts! The story is intriguing and mysterious, and unlike many horrors, it doesn’t spoon-feed you all the answers. Knowing this film had such a low-budget, I’m not going to slam it for the poor production values: I didn’t even mind that very much.
But…And it’s a big but… The acting is universally abysmal. Seriously, the two girls can’t act for toffee and the detective wouldn’t be able to act his way out of a wet paper bag. I really feel I should emphasise that the acting is REALLY. VERY. BAD.