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Jared M. Stander
- Published on Amazon.com
Wow, where to even start.
The dialog is extremely canned and often read just as if off a sheet of paper and with poor timing. Ever so often, after some mock arguing, one of the characters will look at the other and just say "I love you" out of nowhere. Ultra-campy synth keys will play and they'll kiss. These scenes are so robotic and without feeling they reaches uncanny valley levels.
The music is sometimes OK, if a little canned, but aside from the terrible synth piano, there is also this irritating guitar strum that permeates the movie. We get it. Your friend's rock band told you they could totally do the music for your movie.
The decisions make are laughable at best, including just wandering around strange property of a relative without them being home and going swimming for approximately a minute in a small pond whose water quality is unknown and hidden so far back in the property that it may not even belong to Sam's sister. After this, when Jason's leg gets a parasite in it and looks gruesome and infected with striking black lines along his arteries from the second day, their plan mostly involves sleeping and gently bickering while making no attempt to get Jason any real medical help. Indeed, the majority of the movie is filmed in the yard of the house and in the living room as the two alternatively attempt to brew contrived suspense and sleep. Yes, this movie has a lot of sleeping. other gems include sleeping in a house with a corpse, again, while making little effort to get help, running into a dead-end basement to escape a pursuer, and later hiding in another enclosed outdoor shed to again escape the same pursuer who easily traps the victim there.
It also suffers from some of the worst horror movie clichés of all time, including, dead phones, a mysteriously breaking car, and everything being explain by the use of secret government/evil corporation experimental toxic chemicals. Although the movie half-heartedly attempts to explain some of these problems, it's underwhelming. Mixed in for good measure are irritating inconsistencies in the writing, such as the varying degrees of Jason's aversion to light as he transforms. Sometimes the sun just irritates him. Sometimes a simple 40w bulb will burn him. However, another room and hallway lit with a 40w bulb, moonlight, and outdoor floodlights do nothing to him later, while a flashlight still burns his skin and causes him a great deal of pain. At some point, after Sam has burned Jason with light from a light bulb and sees him his skin cook, she has a meaningless series of flashbacks linked together in which she pieces together that Jason is sensitive to light. The point of this is beyond me. There is also the fact that although Sam's sister's entire family never left, they leave behind no vehicle, leading me to wonder how they even moved into the house in the first place.
There is a twist ending of sorts, but in order to explain why the ending is so bad I need to revisit the classic twist. A great twist ending is usually an ending which is hinted at by subtle but very easily overlooked clues in the story that encourage a re-watch to spot. An at least OK twist ending in a horror movie may provide a cheap jump scare. This ending is less of a twist and more of a non-sequitur that has little to no context in the scope of the movie. In fact, based on what we see during the film, it doesn't even seem possible and the last scene left me more skeptical and confused than anything else.
The only thing from beneath about this movie is the genuinely interesting idea, which is buried under poor writing, bad camera work, and a greasy film of low-budget, standard definition messiness. Lauren Watson, based on her other castings, seems to be a fairly competent actress, so maybe she just got a raw deal. I would have liked to see more emphasis on Jason's infestation and a payoff shots of the creature, but as it stands now, it's not worth the time.