I was seduced to watch this movie by two factors. The first was the premise of an edgy revenge flick. The second was some of the critical acclaim here in the Amazon forum. I was able to get my talons on this exploitation flick for a good price. However, after the movie was over I felt mildly let down. This movie was directed by Jamie Blanks, who directed the original “Urban Legend”. I thought “Urban Legend” sucked, so in my very, very humble opinion promoting this movie with a conduit to “Urban Legend” did nothing for me. For what it is worth, this movie is leap and bounds better than “Urban Legend”.
The premise of the film isn’t very original at all, but that is okay. I didn’t watch this film for the ground breaking story. Basically a couple rents a boat and ends up taking refugee on an island to avoid a very nasty storm. Once on the island they discover a house and a greenhouse that is growing some “wacky tobaccy”, marijuana. The proprietors of this house are a father and his two sons. Needless to say this is an extremely twisted family and they end up torturing this couple. Then the couple must fight back.
My qualms with this movie is the pace, it is dreadfully slow. Going into this film I knew what to expect so the build up really didn’t do much for me. I don’t mind waiting for things to develop, but I felt the development was incredibly sluggish. As for the acting, it was pretty solid. The good guys were one dimensional but believable. The bad guys were disgusting and one dimensional. For this type of movie, I am totally fine with these types of characters.
The majority of the film the couple is locked up in a barn with myriad tools and what not at their disposal. This wouldn’t have been a problem if they were tied up or if one of the villains stayed with them. However, leaving the couple alone with enough time to plan their revenge was lame. It was as cliché as when a villain tells the hero his/her master plan before he/she kills them, but forgets the knot on the rope isn’t tight enough. As for how Nadia Farès’ character became MacGyver is still a conundrum to me.
Notwithstanding, when the action happens it is gruesome and brutal. I did find this rather gratifying and I think any horror/gore junkie would agree. There is a scene with a kangaroo that is a bit amiss. However, with only five characters and the long-winded pace of the film the action and horror wasn’t enough to make this a master piece.
I think that many horror fans should watch this movie, it has some great scenes and it is entertaining. However, for people who are new to this genre I would suggest some other films before seeing this one. “I Spit on Your Grave”, “While She Was Out” and “Eden Lake” are an excellent place to start. Overall, I am sure I will give this movie a spin again, who knows maybe I will like it more the second time. I will have a blast making my girlfriend watching this.
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Rob and Pia, a couple who are out for a day of sailing become lost in a heavy storm and end up on a desolate island. They come across a barn with no one home. There is a large amount of marijuana in the barn suggests the homeowners may not welcome their presence. There is also no telephone or means of communication to the outside world. But when the deranged, redneck owners, Brett, Jimmy, and their even more terrifying father Poppy return, Rob and Pia realize a fear far beyond anything they have ever known, and resentful of the affluent intruders, the monstrously sadistic hillbillies imprison and enslave the couple, who fearing for their lives, submit to appalling degradation and humiliation. When Rob and Pia learn their kidnappers have no intention of ever letting them go alive, they finally understand they must do whatever it takes just to survive, and whatever it takes means going to a limit they could never have imagined.