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Dull, unpleasant and without real merit,
This review is from: Staunton Hill [DVD]  (DVD)
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It seems that Cameron is following in his father's footsteps but sadly without the wit, skill or inspiration of Mr Romero Sr.
Certainly nothing in "Staunton Hill" is original or interesting. I could barely get up enough interest in any of the characters to care whether they lived or died. You've got your usual bunch of free-wheeling youngsters heading blindly into hillbilly danger but it all seems so tired.
Budgetary restrictions notwithstanding they could have at least made the characters look as though it was 1969....even some charity shop clothes would have helped.....but the cast looked so noughties (and even acted that way) that any sense of temporal placement was utterly destroyed.
Then you have the creepy family who were frankly just a weak copy of the family from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre with some gender re-assignment but nowhere near as menacing.
There were script issues, continuity issues, plot issues and acting issues that all did their bit to make me like this film less and less. Then when we do get the meat it's just sadistic and unpleasant. There is no real fear or tension within the story and thus very little reason to watch this film unless, of course, you actually enjoy seeing people gruesomely tortured and mutilated (which must surely open a whole new world of self-analysis).
Finally and most damning of all..this film is extremely predictable from very early on. The only surpise comes from a very sloppy continuity error that made me doubt my own memory.
The tacked-on explanatory scenes of the girl in a *cough* hospital just seemed totally unnecessary and out of place. They added nothing to the film that hadn't already become obvious after we see the first one....unless you really want to see blood being drained from the fresh stump of an ankle of course.
Surprisingly I did find a couple of positive points within this film. The sense of place was excellent even if the sense of time was not. The decaying machinery and run down backwoods junkyards amongst the beauty of the surrounding countryside was well presented and certainly seemed ominous in early sequences.
Another thing I appreciated was the underlying suggestion that the victims were being treated no better or worse than farm animals are treated and were afforded the same dignity.....carried in the back of a truck, sleeping in the barn, hemmed in by electric fences, stunned before slaughter etc etc.......but I may just have been seeing something that wasn't intended.
Overall I wouldn't waste your time on this film, instead watch Wolf creek, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre or even, at a push, Wrong Turn to see the same story done far far better than it is here.