Director – Ed Winfield
Cast – Kellan Lutz, Marnette Patterson, Mandy Amano, Scott Whyte, Richie Dance, Chuck Zito, Ashly Rae, John Bloom, Roddy Piper
Release Year – 2007
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Every now and then I’ll check out a film with bad ratings simply because 1. I want to judge the film for myself(there are lots of impulsive, intolerant idiots out there), and 2. Those are the types of films we seem to see a lot of these days at the rental stores. I went into this film with low expectations, and quite honestly, I was not impressed(surprise right?). The only reason I really really chose to review this film and not another film at the moment was the fact that the infamous wrestler Roddy “Rowdy” Piper is in the filim, and after seeing him kick ass in “They Live” I decided to give him a chance. Unfortunately, his character is boring, and quite useless in this big mess of a film.
The film follows five college students on a task to film an abandoned, and apparently “haunted” hotel that is believed to be one of the seven gateways to the “other world”. Led by Julie, a graduate student working on her thesis on the subject at hand, they make their way into the hotel and make preparations to spend the night given that there are no other hotels within 100 miles. However during their stay they begin to see the ghost of a young woman who was murdered with her baby in the very hotel they are staying in. As if matters could not get any worse, Julie begins to realize that she has some connection to the ghost in the hotel, and she must act quickly to figure out what it is.
This film is one of those flicks that really could have potential to be a worthy horror film, but fails miserably due to bad direction, and many other things I will touch on. First off, I will admit that the location for the film is quite creepy, and an excellent choice for the film. That is where I began realizing that this film could have been much better had the directing and script been utilized to benefit off of the creepy location. Countless times I found myself shaking my head at how silly the dialogue was, and how crappy the acting was that accompanied it. Had the acting been better then maybe the crappy dialogue could have been sold to the viewer as “decent” dialogue, however that is not the case.
Aside from all of the crappy dialogue and acting, it really is the direction of the film that makes this film not worth viewing. Director Ed Winfield used countless flashback scenes that not only polluted the plot with minutes of boring dialogue, but were given to us with a silly sepia tone going through a filter that really gets annoying given how many flashbacks we are given. Now Mr. Winfield did succeed in provided a pretty creepy ghost for the film. I really did dig the way she looked, however even the ghost had horrible dialogue. C’mon now! Can’t this film do anything right? All throughout the film we were forced to listen to the ghost mourn into the night asking silly questions in the cheesiest ways possible, and not in that good type of “cheese” you horror buffs are thinking. This is the bad “cheese”, the cheese that makes you think “Wow, I’ve only seen this film about 1,000 times before”.
Overall, this is a bad film that I suggest you stay away from. Don’t waste money renting this at your local video store. Even if you scare easily, I doubt you will enjoy this film.