Call me a sentimentalist, but I really love it when countries bring
forward movies that are somehow linked to their own heritage, culture
or fauna! For example, I love it when Australia makes another movie
about a giant killer crocodile, or when Austria releases a splatter
flick about Lederhosen zombies, and I was really excited when I found
out that The Netherlands was going to bring out a folklore horror movie
about windmills! I'm not a Dutchman myself, but I live next door in
Belgium and spent a lot of time traveling around in The Netherlands.
The country is full of windmills and, especially when you drive past
them when night is falling, they often look eerie and sinister out
there in the open fields, so it's about freaking time they finally form
the decor of a horror movie! Of course I'm slightly biased, and I
probably awarded the film with at least one more point than it
deserves, but "The Windmill Massacre" is good entertainment with a more
than adequate screenplay, above average performances, a reasonable
amount of suspense and quite a lot of exhilarating gore and bloodshed!
First and foremost, the film rather cleverly solves a typical issue that Dutch speaking productions always struggle with! It sounds horrible when Dutch or Belgian actors/actresses attempt to speak English, so instead of that, "The Windmill Massacre" almost exclusively stars native English speakers that are supposedly tourists in Amsterdam. That's just smart, period! Following a whole bunch of separate clips that only start making sense later in the film, 7 people (an Aussie girl, a former model, an Asian student, a mariner, a surgeon and a British father with his teenage son) board a ramshackle tour bus that takes them on a trip past several idyllic windmills. The bus naturally breaks down, but when two courageous passengers head towards a nearby windmill for help, they painfully experience that the miller Hendrik is a nastily deformed and bloodthirsty type of avenging demon. This group wasn't coincidentally put together, as it turns out they all have committed horrible sins and now they have to pay for them. For a horror flick from The Netherlands, "The Windmill Massacre" has a solid and compelling story to tell (especially in comparison to other recent titles like "Dood Eind" or "De Poel"), and you'll even gladly overlook the rather many clichés and improbabilities in the script. The film also features loads of gratifying gore and delightful make- up effects. Hendrik, the deadly miller, looks like a hybrid between Jason Voorhees and the Chatterer Cenobite from the original "Hellraiser". There's a cool urban legend linked to his existence (something about selling his soul to the devil) and enjoys things like stomping people's heads with his boots or throwing rusty chains in people's faces. Good, unpretentious entertaining Holland should be proud of!
Drama / Horror
Drama / Horror
Jennifer is an Australian girl on the run from her past who washes up in Amsterdam. In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, she joins a coach-load of tourists embarking on a tour of Holland's world famous windmills. When the bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, she and the other tourists are forced to seek shelter in a disused shed beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start to disappear, Jennifer learns that they all have something in common - a shared secret that seems to mark them all for doom.
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