Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Damned (2013) - Review - #PeterFacinelli / #IFCFilms / #IFCMidnight

The Damned (2013) **
D: Victor Garcia
C: Peter Facinelli, Sophia Myles, Nathalia Ramos, Carolina Guerra, Gustavo Angarita, Sebastian Martinez, Juan Pablo Gamboa, Julieta Salazar, Tatiana Renteria
Plot Synopsis: A family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement without knowing she's an ancient evil.

Review: In this day and age, horror fans, like myself, are hungry for something new & exciting and instead, we get the same old, same old with The Damned, a film that follows a family who is stranded in the middle of nowhere, during a heavy rainstorm. Seeking shelter, they eventually come upon a spooky old house, that was once a hotel, but there new found shelter, houses many dark secrets, that are going to cause a chain of violence to repeat itself. Sound familiar? ....Well it is!

The Damned takes a pretty standard horror film premise and doesn't do anything new with it, but to the credit of the people involved, they do a competent job with the material at hand. The cast is solid right down the line. The direction keeps things on point. The editing never allows for the pacing to drag. The cinematography showcases the film's principal location well. And the overall tone, is fairly cohesive throughout. 

Even with a serviceable cast & crew, a feeling of déjà vu permeates the proceedings. We've seen this film, for so long, in so many different incarnations and The Damned doesn't make any kind of honest attempt to separate itself from the others. Maybe if the film had done something unexpectedly violent or threw in some kind of grandiose plot twist or something to push the envelope, that would have piqued my interest. They could have even filmed this with a sense of grandeur, like in The Others, and that would have probably been enough to elevate this a notch, but as is, it's diverting entertainment, nothing more. What I mean by that is, that it'll hold your attention while watching it, but, on the other hand, it's the type of film that you wouldn't think twice about in a week or even two of three days from now. [R] 88 mins.

AKA: Gallows Hill

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