Andrew reviews the directorial debut of Zack Ward
|Donald Trump says you're here to|
make me sammiches and cook
The first scene opens on a CGI title sequence with title cards flying at the camera as it careens through the empty floors of what appears to be a haunted house, not long before a sledgehammer crashes through a wall ala Ghost's opening sequence. The film itself, being microbudget, is brilliantly photographed and edited despite the derivative content. If I have any technical gripes, they concern a power line with overtly CG looking crows perched on the construct. Otherwise when it relies on practical effects work, it's pretty effective and I was taken aback by a graphic image of a character with a knife sticking out of their mouth. As previously mentioned, if you've seen Stir of Echoes, you can predict the framework of this thing scene by scene but at the same time Zack Ward clearly isn't trying to break new ground so much as he is attempting to get his foot in the door with a familiar supernatural yarn. For the most part it's a lot of fun and there were scenes that actually did manage to elicit chills even though I could see it coming from around the corner. Acting for the most part is solid with the central couple turning over convincing performances although everyone chews up the scenery in the last act where the film really falters. Without spoiling anything, there's a part where a character is stabbed repeatedly and on the sound track you can hear the same stock sound effect being pushed on the soundboard over and over again, a distraction which unfortunately lifted me right out of the movie.
|Nooooo!!!! Not leftovers again!!!|
- Andrew Kotwicki