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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Wicked
This film will certainly to wonders for the Irish Country tourism board.

An American family attempt to build bridges in their relationships as they holiday in the beautiful Irish countryside. On a day trip, to a remote part of the area, they miss the last bus home and discover the locals have a dark secret.

This is as spooky and wicked as they come...
Published on 14 April 2010 by Geoff Woodbridge

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3.0 out of 5 stars borrowings
Other reviewers have covered the plot, so I'll limit myself to a few comments.

I found the movie moderately enjoyable, the high points being the supremely creepy Rosemary and her quietly-crazy mother. The death-ritual surrounding the most unlikeable Robin was also striking.

I did notice, however, that the razor-wire decapitation was perhaps inspired...
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by R. D. O'Neill


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3.0 out of 5 stars borrowings, 28 Feb 2012
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R. D. O'Neill "henchard" (Leiston, Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Plague Town [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Other reviewers have covered the plot, so I'll limit myself to a few comments.

I found the movie moderately enjoyable, the high points being the supremely creepy Rosemary and her quietly-crazy mother. The death-ritual surrounding the most unlikeable Robin was also striking.

I did notice, however, that the razor-wire decapitation was perhaps inspired by a similar gimmick in "Ghost Ship" (an older movie I recommend)--and that the final twist was borrowed from an early Richard Laymon novel called "The Cellar".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Wicked, 14 April 2010
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Geoff Woodbridge "365horror" (Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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This film will certainly to wonders for the Irish Country tourism board.

An American family attempt to build bridges in their relationships as they holiday in the beautiful Irish countryside. On a day trip, to a remote part of the area, they miss the last bus home and discover the locals have a dark secret.

This is as spooky and wicked as they come. I'm shocked at how creepy this film is. It's visually stunning but the tension and eeriness which Director, Dave Gregory has created is outstanding. A strong feeling of dread looms over the film from the initial scene and grows by the minute. The gore is savage and deeply rooted in the natural and rural. Twigs in the neck, whippings with branches, choking with leaves and vines through eye sockets. Hideous stuff and would you be more shocked if I was to mention the evil doings are performed by children, skipping and smiling in their dark activity. There is also a stunning decapitation of the most casual i've ever seen: a glorious effect. The film is beautifully shot, superb cinematography making full use of the landscape and surrounding woods.

This is Wickerman meets Calvaire, meets Children of the Damned, meets Night of the Living Dead. Huge praise and plenty of material to work with and salute as the film stamps its creepy mark on the history of the horror genre. This is a real cult classic, I'm surprised I've not heard of this prior. Marvellous cinema.
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3.0 out of 5 stars STARTS SLOWLY BUT GETS LOTS BETTER, 27 Mar 2011
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Very well filmed on a small budget, Great Cinematography and extremely Violent 'Plague Town' definitely has a 70's feel to it which is no bad thing.

Two other good reviews are already here so I'll just tell you why I've only given it 3 stars. The reason is the beginning of the film where we meet the American family who are on holiday. The first 25 mins of the film is poorly acted and the characters themselves are such an odious bunch that I feel no sympathy for them when they start getting picked off. Perhaps that was the intention and I've missed something but it just seemed wrong.

However the film certainly improves when 'the children' arrive. Some fantastically gory deaths and a feeling of dread invade the screen bringing to mind The Wickerman and even Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Would have got 4 stars if not for the beginning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for those weird and creepy mutant kids!., 20 April 2010
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Plague Town is one of those rare modern horror movies that manages to successfully evoke a 1970s vibe. The tone and feel of the movie make you feel like you're watching something out of that era. In fact, the film's nighttime mood reminded me a bit of the creepy and underrated 70's horror film Lemora: Lady Dracula. The story is kind of a cross between "Island of the Damned" and "The Hills Have Eyes."

After the film's shocker of an opening, featuring a priest and a bloodily botched attempt at a post-birth abortion, the film flashes forward 14 years. An American family on holiday in Ireland get lost and head out to a small town to get their bearings straight. We've got a bearded father, his girlfriend, two daughters, and a drunken British guy (boyfriend of the older daughter) tagging along. As they wander around town looking for some guidance on getting out, things get downright creepy. The first local touches one of the girls. Things get even worse when another local pulls out a shotgun and blasts the British guy in the face.

But things get even worse when darkness falls and ... yes ... the children come out to play. Not just any children mind you, but mutant, horribly deformed and very evil children. Now we know the motivation behind the botched abortion in the opening scene. This town has been giving birth to evil mutant children for quite some time now. Apparently the adults have grown accustomed to it and are all right to let the demonic kids out to play at night. Basically, what the kids like to do is torture and kill outsiders. This film has a really great premise and first-time director Gregory adds tons and tons of atmosphere to the great location, Gregory also milks the nighttime setting for all its worth -- from the creepy woods surrounding the town to the gingerbread-like houses that inhabit it. This film is basically a nightmare fairy tale.

The creepiest character of all in my opinion has to be Rosemary, a girl who has "come of age" as her mother puts it, and is hoping to hook up with an "out of towner." Like some of the deformed kids, she was born without eyes, so her mother plastered two fake plastic eyes on her face. Like all the other deformed kids she's an evil, sadistic killer to the core. Some of the acting especially from the family members wasn't so great but once the story gets going and our characters' situation becomes dire, this movie grabs you by the throat and never lets go. It was quite an intense and creepy little film. Plague Town benefits, occasionally, from some gripping scenes of suspense and a couple of absolutely nasty kills. A half decapitation scene as a result of a tightened piano wire is the star of the show and explosive arterial spray makes for some bloody impressive scenes. All this makes for a great and suspenseful low budget horror film, check it out.
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