Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
R. Lee Ermey
What's it about
A young lady goes off with her friends for a weekend away, after her twin sister offs herself. Soon, stuff starts going down which leads Megan to believe that her dead sister is behind things.
Is it good movie?
Well, here's a tame, tame little movie for those around the ages of 13-14. If you aren't going through puberty (or waiting for it), then you're probably going to see this flick as a steaming pile of repetitive and boring trite. The production is relatively slick and the effects are okay, but there isn't a single thing about this movie that doesn't scream "Thursday night on the WB Network."
With that out of the way, let me just explain myself a little bit. There are a lot of awful and stupid PG-13 horror flicks that come out these days (Pulse, The Messengers, When a Stranger Calls, etc) and they are often bone dry, lacking in horror elements and insulting to the audience. This movie is absolutely no exception and in fact, it really raises the bar of awful.
Nothing happens in this movie! I don't know how it can be considered horror just because it deals with slightly eerie subject matter. Think Dawson's Creek's Halloween episode- this movie really plays like that. The movie does take time to build its characters- something I believe is important- but it doesn't do anything with them. I mean, I can't stress this enough, this movie is s-l-o-w and doesn't have much of a payoff.
And what about the acting? Why is R.Lee Ermey in this flick!? The cast is decent enough, I don't know why Shawn Ashmore's in this flick, he seems a bit above this stuff. The rest of the cast is game and does quite a good job. I really wish I could say something good about this film, and I suppose if I must I can tell you that the story mildly makes sense and you may not see the ending a mile away if you're 13. And that's reaching.
Video / Audio
Video seems to be in widescreen but isn't anything special, kind of grainy at times.
Audio is Dolby 5.1, and sounds decent enough, for all of that awful radio pop you hear throughout.
You get one thing: commentary with director/writer Dan Myrick, which is an awful, awful bonus. The guy just narrates what he sees on screen, and when he's not doing that, he's leaving dead air. Avoid this track at all costs.
Apparently this is a remake of a Swedish film called Midsummer, which makes perfect sense. When American films bastardize the original source material, 9 times out of 10 they get a real clunker. This is no different, and I would even recommend that the tweens this movie is marketed to check out some real horror. Get your parents to rent you some rated R stuff!