Director – Antonio Negret
Cast – Edmund Entin, Gary Entin, Orlando Jones, Samantha Droke, Louis Herthum, Morgana Shaw
Release Year – 2011
Reviewed by John of the Dead
I had never heard nor read anything regarding this recent After Dark effort until my girlfriend saw it and mentioned it to me. The story gives us a unique take on twins, an element rarely used in the genre, and and while the film does come with some execution issues I found Seconds Apart to be a mostly-positive horror film.
Twins Seth and Jonah high school outcasts who share a unique ability: telekinesis. When several jocks are killed at a party the twins attended, their odd behavior leaves them suspects of the local police who are having a hard time at cracking them for information. When their classmates begin to suffer unexplainable deaths, the police pressure increases, forcing deadly events of supernatural proportions.
We’ve been exposed to horror films with children possessing telekinetic powers, but I had yet to see one (that I can recall at least) involving twins taking full advantage of their powerful gift, and I applaud writer George Richards for that. This made Seconds Apart interesting right off the back, and for most of the film that is exactly what the story gives us: something interesting. I enjoyed how Seth and Jonah used their powers to toy with their victims first by forcing them to suffer dramatic hallucinations consisting of that person’s most troubling events from their past, ending with a violent suicide of some sort. An added element that I found unique was that the twins were not merely seeking revenge on those they killed, but used them as part of a “project” that is sadly never truly revealed to us, which in my eyes makes it a cheap ploy to keep things interesting without giving us much for it. The usage of Detective Lampkin as the main obstacle standing in the twins’ way was great, especially when we learn of his dark past that is sadly used against him by the twins, even though he himself grew up a social outcast just like them. This leads to a cat-and-mouse game between Lampkin and the twins, which I found mostly positive thanks to it resulting in some sweet revelation behind the source of the twins’ power. One element that I wish was used better was the love element between Jonah and Eve, which was obviously used to eventually provide conflict between the twins (and it did) but never developed beyond that regarding the relationship between the two. Sadly, the story-oriented faults don’t stop there, and despite a neat twist during the final sequence of the film we are given a poor climax that leaves too much unknown, and little satisfaction to the viewer.
Director Antonio Negret did a mostly-positive job with his execution of this piece, giving us dark and gloomy atmosphere perfect for the events that take place, and good kill sequences that provide some positive horror. His execution of the biggest element, the twins, is what I did not like as I found real-life twins Edmund(Jonah) and Gary(Seth) Entin to be highly cliché and downright unlikable at times. I always enjoy an antagonist that I can root for, but with these two I was lift wishing they would both suffer an epic ass-kicking, which sadly never happened. Orlando Jones does great as Detective Lampkin, and the horror involving the exploitation of his past at the hands of the twins was great, and possibly the most effective element regarding Negret’s execution.
Overall, Seconds Apart does a mostly-positive job at giving us an enjoyable horror experience thanks to a unique story and positive direction here and there. The horror is good at times, but it lacked a strong punch that I attribute to both faulty writing and directing execution, making for a film that I cannot recommend outright, but one that should make for an OK way to pass time.