It's really not as bad considering the limitations and money these guys
had. I've seen a lot worse efforts. They obviously spent more on
certain stories than others which is to be expected. The connecting
scenes were the worst and probably the most rushed. The sound,
direction and acting leaves a lot to be desired in these segments but
I'm presuming all the money and time went into the stories which I
would imagine were filmed first. I admire independent film makers
making a go of it with very limited options and this one gets a decent
amount right albeit not on a high level.
The first story is the best and was genuinely quite creepy and had a good sense of suspense and scare moments. It's wasn't a new story, but executed quite well considering. The actors were fine, apart from when she had to act a bit weird because she chose to overdo the oddness..especially with her eye-line, which when you consider they were newlyweds and knew each other pretty well, her behaviour at those moments would ring enormous alarm bells with me! It would have worked better if she was more subtle with it. The ending was a bit naff, but the substance of the overall story well executed.
The second story is an well worn story of revenge, but it definitely had it's moments, especially when the 'victim' meets the bully in 'heavy breathing silence' before the act of violence. In these sorts of stories, for it to succeed you need to create a certain amount of understanding with the revenger and I thought, in the short amount of time to convey this, the writers did an OK job. The Director gave it space and pace at the right moments. The scene with the parents watching the cartoon was very good, since it encapsulated everything about them in a very short space of time and you kind of realised what sort of life he'd had with them very quickly.
The third story was the weakest and I imagine they might have shot it in one day! Slap hazard and not particularly well thought out and also unrealistic. You can tell this by the way she grabbed the knife...I mean really? Also, the decisions made by certain characters were 101 of how NOT to do things when considering a discerning viewer audience.
The connection to all this was the hotel. I understand the title was changed to Hotel Hell which isn't really what it is about...it's not about the hotel...the hotel is just a place used a conduit for the main character to act as a catalyst for the stories. You could argue that that is why it is a hotel of hell...because of the telling of the stories..but it just doesn't quite work. Yes, the final eiplogue to the anthology is based there but it's still not about the hotel...it's about the characters. The final scenes are disappointing and the fact the lead actor is in the final story..and very easily recognisable from that story means there isn't any surprise and it's all rather obvious. Also...bit plot hole...the videographer gets attacked by the clown....which goes against what the second story is about. It's about revenge against those who have done him wrong. The videographer hasn't done anything to him,doesn't even know him, so it doesn't really make sense. It's feels like a cheap afterthought to finish the movie.
However...really not that bad an effort when all things are considered.
The Damned Thing
Action / Horror / Thriller
The Damned Thing
Action / Horror / Thriller
Three tales of mystery and horror are told from the narration of famed paranormal investigator Eddie Osborne to his newly hired videographer, Will, as they document the supernatural occurrences of an abandoned hotel. The tales Eddie narrates build the foundation of his theory regarding paranormal instances, which he refers to as "The Damned". The first story details the events of a missing wife and the husband suspected for murder. Upon moving into their new dream home, newlywed couple, Michael and Lana, begin to experience odd occurrences and life-like nightmares in the home. The couple struggle to keep their sanity and marriage together while living in the home with negative forces. The second story portrays the behaviors of psychotic individuals damned by negative energy from childhood. Lester, a serial killer dressed in a clown costume, wreaks havoc on Halloween night murdering the man who bullied him when they were kids. The last story details the events of a missing film crew in...
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