ByBarley Guy, writer at
20 something, horror loving, left leaning feminist. Horror reviews:
Barley Guy

Alright everyone, well, I checked out this brand new ghost story from a horror institution : HAMMER. The most recent releases from this production company being The Woman in Black, Wake Wood, The Resident and the remake of Let The Right One In.

This time around, the story is pretty straight forward :

A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.

Overall the movie has pretty well earned the 5/10 rating that it has on IMDB. It’s not great, it’s not bad, but overall it’s just nothing special. Apparently the movie is (very loosely) based on The Phillip Experiment, conducted in the 70s. However, according to a source I found online :

The real experiment did not involve researching the negative telekinetic energy surrounding a troubled girl in an effort to separate her from it and/or stop her from producing it. Instead, the real-life research team attempted to manifest a ghost solely from a fictional character they made up and named Philip Aylesford.

Which really, is exactly what you can expect from any horror movie “based on a true story”

The actors in the movie turn in servicable enough performances and I wouldn’t go as far as saying anyone does a poor job with the material they are working with. I particularly enjoyed Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) and Jared Harris (Mad Men), though they did seem to have the most to do in the movie so I guess they would make better impressions.

There is a strange love-story between Brian and Jane that doesn’t really make any sense and felt a little bit forced. It also doesn’t contribute much, and seems to only serve to raise the stakes. Overall though, it just feels empty and unearned.

The story itself is nothing special, and the whole movie seems to float by without wasting too much of your time. It doesn’t really deliver a ton of scares or atmosphere, it feels pretty generic over all.

I don’t really have strong feelings about this movie either way. It has interesting moments, boring moments ,and probably won’t really make a lasting impression, on me anyways. It’s a passable horror movie, and if you check it out when it comes out on DVD you probably won’t feel like you’ve wasted your time. It’s creepy enough, but overall just feels genuinely old-hat.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got on that one guys, I wanted to write more than “Meh”, so here it is.



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