This intriguing horror movie resides in a strange inbetween genre that should appeal to most audiences. It is largely a psychological thriller, but it also has many horror movie aspects. One of my favorite things about this film was that it managed to scare me without resorting to mindless gore and buckets of blood (although, don't get me wrong...there's a little blood involved).
Quick Synopsis: 8 strangers wake up in different rooms of a locked down facility with absolutely no memory of who they are, and no idea how they got there, or how to get out. Their surroundings look like some kind of a prison, or possibly a mental institution, but ominously there is no sign of their captors. Meanwhile, lurking in the darkness is a creature made of shadows, who begins to pick them off, one by one, attacking without warning, and leaving no trace of a body. Soon these strangers must find each other and band together in order to escape...that is, until they discover a medical room containing what appears to be the machine used to brain-wipe them all, leaving them with no memories -- next to the machine is the body of a brain-dead, but technically living man. According to the readouts, the device was used only 8 times...but there are 9 people. Someone is lying. Who can be trusted? And can they work together to find a way out before the shadows around them come to life...
I found this movie incredibly entertaining and suspenseful. The horror aspect is of course the shadow monster who kills off any who stray too far away from the light. The psychological thriller aspect would be the fact that each person has had their memories wiped clean...but one of them is lying. Who is the betrayer? I'm not telling!
Fans of James Marsters, who most know from his role as Spike on the cult favorite television show [[ASIN:B000AQ68RI Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Collector's Set (40 discs)], are in for a treat. In this movie he's just as sexy as ever, so female fans will have an extra special treat (although there's really something for everyone considering the cast run around in nothing but their underwear for half of the movie).
My one disappointment, which cost this movie a 5 star rating, would be it's ending. I'm talking about the very very end. They copped out a little bit (again, I won't tell you how), but it ended up being slightly anti-climactic. You'll know what I mean when you see it.
However, all in all, I loved it, and hopefully they'll start making more movies like this one. It had a solid cast, a great premise, and some pretty decent special effects (especially for a movie that went straight to DVD). Give it a try, and you won't be disappointed. Whether you like the ending or not, most viewers will be able to appreciate the film as a whole.