'The Traveller' reminded me of the far fethched and completely unbelievable horror yarns I'd watch on a grainy portable TV as a kid. Question is...do we still have the appetite for them, some 20-30 years on?
It's fair to say that in these hardened times we've turned to more 'real' horror, whether it be 'torture porn' or 'Paranormal Activity' type hand-held camera horror (I can't mention this without plugging the mighty 'REC'!....Rec (Single Disc Edition) [DVD
] ). 'The Traveler' is neither of these and whilst I enjoyed it for what it was, it did feel terribly dated and all a bit silly.
Val Kilmer plays the role of 'The Traveler' himself and whilst he does a good job, some of the lines he is made to say are cheesier than an Edam factory. The gore is pretty basic and after the first couple of police officers have been killed off, the whole thing becomes very, very predictable. Okay, so we have mini twist at the end, but the seed of mediocrity has taken firm root by this stage.
The best way to watch 'The Traveler' (and I'd just about say it's worth a look) would be to forget any other modern horror film, stick your tongue firmly in your cheek and just view it for what it is; a fantastical, pretty shallow horror flick from yester year.
Would I recommend? No! Would I watch? Only just. Not great by any means, but there is a lot worse out there.