From what I gather, this movie has been sitting on the shelves of Screen Gems archives since 2014, and it’s release was delayed until Halloween of this year (well I say this year, more like 31st of October, 2017).
I have no idea. I also have no idea why it’s taken so long to find it’s way onto the internet, because it hasn’t exactly been a roaring success at the box office!
Anyway, a Welsh actor, Ioan Gruffudd, takes up one of the lead roles – so I’ve obviously been patiently waiting to set eyes on the finished project.
A family become imprisoned in their home by intruders, who force them to play a life-and-death game, where the mysterious rules become clear as the night unfolds.
The Kid From The Walking Dead
A slight change of subject here – I’m a big Walking Dead fan!
I actually slightly prefer it over Game of Thrones (I can hear a million gasps as people read this!).
But it’s true – it’s my favorite TV guilty pleasure, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.
Anyway, back to the film…
I was amazed to find out that Chandler Riggs (Rick’s one-eyed son on TWD) also stars in this film…but that never really got mentioned when the movie was doing the publicity/promotion rounds.
Personally, I would of thought that this would be a great selling point for the movie…but the filmmakers obviously didn’t agree with me.
I got about 30 minutes into the film when I realized why they hadn’t highlighted his role – it was a shit one!
I’m not saying he did a bad job, the kid’s a good actor – I’m just saying that his character was as bland and unforgettable as you can get in a horror movie.
He played the rather dull younger brother that spends most of his time crying and protesting to his elder sister that he’s scared. I felt this was an unnecessary waste of his talent AND his on-screen presence (due to his TWD fame).
Anyway, it bugged me, so I really thought it was worth mentioning.
But this is NOT a bad film – I actually enjoyed it.
It’s shot through a series of hidden tiny hidden cameras that have been placed all around the family’s holiday home by (future) home invaders.
At times, I was questioning the amount of cameras these psychos had managed to position in the house, but that was just me being picky (there seemed to be millions of them in the most unlikely of places!).
The movie itself is a bit of a mad mix – I found it very similar to a Found Footage version of The Strangers mixed up with a Saw angle – it sounds a little brave for this genre but it really did seem to work quite well.
The cinematography was well thought out, but I did get a little tired of the ‘run away from intruder’ scenes which seemed to pop up a little too often. I also got a little fed up with the repeat sequences that involved the TV’s turning on to show the petrified family some ghastly scene.
But overall the whole thing kinda works pretty well on an entertainment level – it even has a sinister drone’s footage to lean back on!
I’m not going to hit any spoilers here, but the ending was crying out for some sort of sequel or follow up chapter…unfortunately I don’t think this is ever going to happen (I imagine the Box Office has nailed the lid down flat on that idea!).
All in all an enjoyable Found Footage experience – the only real downside was the complete waste of Chandler Riggs’s talents with a cardboard cutout character.
Still worth watching though (and did I mention it has a WELSH actor in it!) 🙂