Competent Horror Fare, 23 May 2008
Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom
I watched this film aware of the critical kicking it had received at the hands of the UK Press. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it might be .It is Director Tony Giglio’s mainstream debut, and you can see the films he enjoyed watching at Film School. The “Hills Have Eyes”. “Deliverance”, “Misery” “Friday The 13th” all have thematic or visual references .Those who have enjoyed those films will not be disappointed by this .However, therein lies the rub, in terms of originality it is 0/10, as an homage my 6/10 stands.
Aficianados will enjoy the horror staples. Brianna Brown, as toned, wavy haired blonde victim Sheryl is perfect. She screams and moans a lot, and gives us a very enjoyable white lacy underwear moment before some embarrassingly soft porn shots. Heroic boyfriend Mike, played by Josh Randall, is able to take beatings, whippings, brandings, Bear trap entrapment and various other indignities whilst still coming out at the other end as manfully as a hero should. Interestingly although this film has been caught up in the “torture porn” debate, it is Josh who is shown bare chested and writhing much more provocatively than his female heroine.
The cinematography is strong, and the mountain setting in West Virginia beautiful. Although essentially a “painting by numbers” horror plot, the story is lifted by the intelligent performance of Beth Broderick as Ida, the religious fanatic unable to carry a baby full term. One of the problems of the horror genre is that it is impossible to churn out stories each more gory, more horrifying or more titillating than what has gone before. This neither attempts , nor achieves, any of those objectives. That should not disqualify the likes of “Timber Falls” though for a picture soundly made, and well executed.