- Actors: Jonathan Hansler, Andrea Gordon, Nicola Posener, Christopher Rithin, Henry Douthwaite
- Directors: Ryan L. Driscoll
- Writers: Ryan L. Driscoll
- Producers: Ryan L. Driscoll
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00859VRNW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,699 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The result - a pretty good idea spoiled by some cringe-worthy directing, wooden acting and ridiculous plot lines.
The guy who played the son surely must have been a personal friend, a desperate last minute stand in, or his parents were paying for him to be in it, otherwise why would you let anyone so utterly lacking in any basic acting ability within a 100 miles of a film set!?
But at least the father was creepily convincing as someone totally unhinged and on the brink. But quite why the rest of the family didn't take off in the opposite direction at the first of the countless number of opportunities they got is the film's biggest flaw.
Basically 'The Shining' meets 'American Psycho' on a tight budget and with a complete lunatic in the lead role! You'll guess the end but it's still worth a watch.
Special Features: Maxed - a well put together 30 minute 'Making Of' dealing with the trials and tribulations of shooting an indie pic in the UK.
The premise is strong and it's very tense in places, and it certainly gets straight to the point, trapping the family within the first 20 minutes. Yes of course they could run off earlier than they do but the real horror here is that this father has such control over the family, they are completely unable to defend themselves. Psychologically tortured, they are helpless and totally submissive -- sadly just like many people in real life. Truly horrible!
Nicely shot, it has a very good score and a particularly unhealthy atmosphere!
I'm not a film reviewer, nor buff, but I would say good casting and well acted with some great cinematography, bringing an imaginative script realistically to life.
Go get a copy!
Kurt ((Jonathan Hansler), a somewhat prudish man just got the ax at work. I like the small details Driscoll works into the scene. At a beautifully laid out breakfast table, Kurt picks up and looks at a burnt toaster waffle. Having just been fired at work, Kurt decides to have a surprise family day taking everyone into the country. As they pass school, Kurt informs them of his plans.
His daughter Megan says, "This isn't funny."
Dad replies, "I wouldn't say that." A little hint the writer tosses at us that this was meant to be a very dark comedy.
Dad has issues with his family. His son Jay (Christopher Rithin) isn't manly enough and gets bullied. His daughter Megan (Nicola Posener) isn't modest enough. His wife Steph (Andrea Gordon) has been having an affair with his boss Zack Peterson (Henry Douthwaite).
Kurt has a nasty little surprise for them all as he gathers them together .
Jonathan Hansler reminded me a bit of John Cleese in his role (what Brit doesn't). The ending dragged on a tad after a great beginning.
F-bomb, sex?, no nudity (Nicola Posener bra/cleavage) Clearly a film not for everyone.
Once they get to this isolated cottage he insists that the day is all about them; so he confiscates their mobile phones and starts playing happy families. Only he is fixing to make this his last day and he sees this planned project as his swan song.
This is from the psychological horror mode, not a slasher or splatter fest by any stretch of the imagination. Jonathan Hasler as Kurt is really rather impressive as the father who has lost it. He manages to be intimidating even when he is appearing to be nice. The story is original enough, but there are a few plot contrivances, continuity issues and also questionable developments that are only there to drive the story but can require a stretch of imagination. All in all not a bad effort at all and it did win Best Screenplay award at the Bram Stoker Film Festival, seven out of ten being rounded to four stars. The humour here is of the very dark kind too so don't expect any belly laughs, and all the side splitting is purely on screen.
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Good Saturday night film to chill out with a tad of horror !!