For people afraid of the dark, these four terrified people spend an awful lot of time in places with desperately bad lighting! They also engage in rather a lot of numbskulled horror film behaviour, such as investigating, on their own, any creepy basement, scary elevator, air duct, subway track or vacant country road they can find, usually with the help of an un-trustworthy flashlight. These obvious monster movie tricks somewhat undermine the rest of the film's effectiveness. Director Harmon (The Hitcher) does crank up the tension, getting nicely petrified performances from the young cast. Regan (My Little Eye) is on track to win the Jamie Lee Curtis Scream Queen Crown of the year. While everyone else seems to be just having a bit of fun. And perhaps that's another problem: The film is wafer thin. The scares only exist for their own sake; the story has no real sense of threat until the very end. It simply plays on audience members who are frightened of being alone in the dark with a closet door ajar and dead batteries in their flashlight. Well, that's all of us then.
dir Robert Harmon|
scr Brendan William Hood
with Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jon Abrahams, Wanda Cannon, Desiree Zurowski, Alexander Gould, Jessica Amlee, Jonathan Cherry
release UK 1.Nov.02; US 24.Jan.03
Get a grip. Julia tries to convince her boyfriend she's not nuts (Regan and Blucas)...
|"This is one of the most pitiful 'horror' movies to date! What is Hollywood thinking? It starts off on a good scare and spirals down to snoozeland rapidly. You keep hoping it's going to get better, or better yet scarier ... but NOT! It has a lot of potential and because of that, it makes you wonder if this is what made it to film; did someone have a huge accident and leave the 'real' movie on the editing floor? There are little things in the movie that if elaborated on or even allowed to mature could have made this an amazing movie ... but because it was clipped it is designated in my book as a 'wannabe horror movie' and that is a very sad thing!" --Ursula, Maryland 27.Nov.02|