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Middle of the Road
on 10 November 2012
'Grindstone Road' has been widely described as 'not that good but not that bad' and I have to say I'm in 100% agreement.
It has plenty going for it; for one the plot is strong and despite being yet another 'couple move house after a recent trauma' offering, it is different and neatly finds it own space amidst the packed sub-genre. The acting is fine and the few twists along the way original enough - the problem is it's all a little 'safe'!
What I mean is the scares are few and far between and when they come they don't really deliver. In addition, we don't get to know quite enough about the characters and what tension there is doesn't quite get there. The first half of the film is a bit plodding and uneventful but thankfully the last 30 minutes or so are strong and relatively rewarding.
'Grindstone Road' feels like it was made for a pre-watershead TV slot, so much so you'd struggle to say it's a horror film at all. I don't want to knock it too much as ultimately I sat through it and it held my attention enough to ride it out - just don't expect a white knuckle horror ride though! Best to think of it like visiting Alton Towers and going on the Tea Cups instead of Nemesis!
If you can pick 'Grindstone Road' up cheaply I would take a look, but please, if you're a hardened horror fan don't expect much in the way of thrills.