Director – Stewart Hendler
Cast – Jennifer Shirley, Blake Woodruff, Michael Rooker, Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Julian Christopher, Teryl Rothery
Release Year – 2007
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This is a really great supernatural flick about a group of people who kidnap a young child from a rich family(on his very own 8th birthday party) and then hold him for ransom. They then take the boy and hide out in a secluded cabin in the deep snow filled woods of Maine(I love “secluded“ atmospheres). All is going fine as this is assumed to be an “easy” job, until strange occurrences start happening one by one to the crew of kidnappers. Slowly they are falling victim to this boy and whatever strange powers he possesses. Sounds cool!
I really liked the atmosphere of this film, the crew being holed up in the creepy cabin with the boy had a very nice touch to it. I also liked the boy’s telekinetic powers as well as the drawings he was constructing on the walls. Freaky stuff! This is a film that grabs your interest as you are wondering what this boy’s motives are and what exactly “is” he. I was also glad to see Josh Holloway(Sawyer from “Lost”) as the lead in this film. The little boy also did a really good job with his character, he managed to freak us out with his calm demeanor during the scenes that should have had him freaking out. I also enjoyed the twist at the end, I’m usually quite good at guessing twists, but this one really got me good. Which I always enjoy.
There is not much I can complain about with this film, other than some bad CGI during the very first intro scene. This is also not a particularly gory film, it is more of a supernatural thriller with a little bit of horror in it and some creepy scenes. So, gore is really not needed in this film. I believe the creepy atmosphere will make up for whatever excitement you are searching for.
Overall, this is a good flick I definitely recommend that you see, especially during the winter season with some popcorn and your significant other huddled together.