Low budget, straight-to-DVD, horror films can occasionally unearth some hidden gems. A prequesite is an unheard of title, a no-name cast, and a low budget. Despite all this, said hidden gems will be more than the sum of their constituent parts. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those films...
The typically flimsy premise for cheesy horror film was there; group of students go to haunted hotel to make a documentary. It is rumoured that the hotel is haunted by the ghost of a murdered woman. Cue broken-down car, menacing locals and routinely ludicrous decision-making with which to orchestrate death scenes.
The acting was abysmal as was the toe-curling dialogue. The film's only saving grace was ex-wrestler Roddy Piper hamming it up as the abandoned town's barman. Like most low-budget horrors, the film relied on the use of darkness to cover-up for sub-par SFX; unfortunately, the film ran with the concept of darkness that one struggled to work out what was happening in many scenes.
To be honest, I could have overlooked the film's manifold failings had there been some decent gore or scares but the deaths were naff - nay, laughable. Bless it, the film did gamely try to rise itself above schlock horror status with some retrospective sub-plot shenanigans but that raised more questions than it answered. Suffice it to say, if you're going to make a horror then, please, stick to the remit.
In short, one well worth ignoring.