Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Antonia Campbell-Hughes
What's it about
A reality TV show, which pits contestants against their worst nightmares, finds a nightmare of their own when they take up shop in haunted prison, where the ghost of a nutty warden stalks the grounds.
Is it good movie?
Itís hard to come up with new ideas for horror movies, nonetheless make any that not only offer something unique but are actually worth watching. Sometimes movies can only offer gore. Sometimes a fright. Sometimes some hot naked chicks who happen to be cannibals. As for The Task, the latest in the After Dark series, it offers two out three, sadly missing on the final idea.
The Task wants to be a lot of things. It wants to be slasher, ghost, comedy, haunted house, social commentary (on the whole desperate nature of reality TV people). Sadly, the movie doesnít quite succeed on any of these, yet for some reason, I found the movie highly watchable. I think by managing to combine so many ideas into a single glass of booze, it creates a cocktail that isn't top notch, but will get the job done as long as you know what you're expecting.
By all accounts, The Task is a bad movie. It wants very, very badly to be quirky with cheese ball humor and one-liners all while a multiple contestants are stuck in a haunted penitentiary. (The plot quickly: the "contestants" were all picked up randomly and are given the chance to participate or not to meet their fears). The acting is bad, the dialogue might have been written by a tenth grader, and the effects donít really work, but somehow I enjoyed it. The Task has enough tension, murder, and mayhem to work. Maybe it's because I dig the haunted house genre, which I do. There's very few that don't give a kick to the balls. Even if it's gentle.
Oh, and as a bald man (yep, Iím not afraid to admit it), I like the idea of a Mr. Clean-lookalike killer in The Warden, who isnít given much of a background or a chance to develop, but at least he looked tough. So heís got that going for him.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
A very brief (bout five minutes worth) of behind the scenes footage. Pretty run of the mill.
The Task isnít a great movie by any means, but I thought it was watchable and somehow, despite my better judgment, dug it.