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Saturday, 16 April 2011
When British student Owen (Julian Morris) joins an American boarding school he makes an immediate impact by making a story online of a serial killer who kills students on school site. However, when the story of killings starts to come true Owen begins to fear for the lives of himself and the friends he made up the story with. But is there more to what's happening than meets the eye?
Successful in getting the heart pounding when viewed, this film really builds up the tension well with a number of excellent devices, such as creeping background silhouettes, creaking doors and a sense of being alone in darkness. Some scenes, such as Owen getting chased by the "killer", are made very exhilarating thanks to some quick edits and the fast pacing. And to make it even more horrific, the fake blood in a number of the scenes flows so realistically and is so graphic that one can't help but feel slightly squeamish.
Ultimately the flawed screenplay drags the film down, thanks to some poor pacing in some scenes, and a twist at the end that really fails to reach its full potential, as the film just ends too abruptly, but the idea that spreading a rumour on the internet could get you and your friends stalked by a killer is a shocking one, which today (six years on) happens far too often (just look in the newspapers to see what I mean). But for a film shot independently on a shoestring budget of $1 million, Director Jeff Wadlow really did do quite a successful job, and despite the flaws of the film itself he has shown that a good horror film really can be shot on a low budget, by not relying on bags of gore like My Bloody Valentine (2009) or explosive deaths like Final Destination (2000), but relying on simplistic, yet effective makeup, and fast edits.
It's flawed, but it's definetly worth viewing, and Wadlow has done a very good job, although there was some cases of miscasting, such as the legendary Jon Bon Jovi as a teacher. JBJ - stick with the incredible music you produce, acting isn't your scene.
Stars: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Kristy Wu, Jon Bon Jovi, Sandra McCoy, Paul James, Jesse Janzen, Ethan Cohn, Gary Cole, Anna Deavere Smith, Erica Yates.