A fishing trip goes wrong, Rob (Robert Taylor) decides to take his wife Pia (Nadia Fares) on a short cruise, which runs them into a narrow swamp. After being stranded on a small island. They attempt to escape the rain and find shelter by entering an inhabited, yet empty house. Things take a turn for the worse when the couple meet up with the owners of the house. Three dysfunctional hillbillies with a love for torment. -summary
Well, here goes another one. A revenge themed slasher pitting the city folks against the resident hillbillies to be tortured, humiliated, and quite possibly killed. This story has been done to death up to now, and done much better I will add. Storm Warning, a 2007 Australian slasher directed by Jamie Blanks had the potential to be a lot better but it fumbled on its execution.
Storm Warning is a slasher that is not for everyone. But how many really are? One thing I have noticed about the casual horror fan, and those who claim to be fans. They tend to trash a horror movie the instant they find themselves disturbed(which disturbing the viewer is actually the point). I often wonder why they bother with the genre in the first place.
Once the main character, most likely a woman is being abused in some way. Most of the time, someone will search high and low to rip the film to shreds. Unfortunately in this case, the clumsy writing found in Storm Warning will give that individual almost all of the ammunition they need to shoot it down without mercy. This is a great example of a good idea in the hands of a very misguided filmmaker.
This film suffered badly because of the writing. The setting was great for the events that took place. The couple were stranded in the rain, they were cold, wet, and tired. Human instinct will quickly take over in this situation, and force one to find shelter. The film was moving great with this alone. However, some monkey with a keyboard decided to toss out a random situation, and get too "creative" with the setting. These decisions robbed the film of all credibility and all logic. No one likes to be cold, wet, and tired. But no one wants to be killed either, and when people sense danger, well, normal people try to avoid it. Not examine the situation further like the bumbling fool Rob. I actually liked Pia's character because she had some sense. Therefore, cheering for her was very easy while I wanted Rob to get his ass beat up.
The film does a very good job using the antagonist. I'm sure someone would mention that the hillbillies actions are either unrealistic or retarded. In my view, they are very realistic. No matter how questionable their actions may be. Their eyes are blood shot red, they are constantly getting drunk, plus their growing weed in their barn. Logic and common sense for people like that is more of a blessing than a birthright.
I didn't find the plot boring, and I normally like evil characters that abuse the weak because it plays on my emotions. The writing is good in this area making the viewer hate these beast, and only pray for their brutal demise. Therefore, I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I found some enjoyment.
It takes awhile for the death and gore to kick in. When it finally does, the scenes can be pretty disgusting. My problem is, that the scenes are too highly exaggerated and are only meant for shock value. These days, almost every slasher in existence must deliver an over the top death at the end; that will more than likely never happen in real life given the most bizarre situation. I don't look at death scenes like that and laugh. I look at them and call it rubbish. I thought the acting was solid and the hillbillies, Poppa (John Brumpton), Brett (Mathew Wilkinson), and Jimmy (David Lyons) were convincing.
Overall, Storm Warning is missed potential. I blame this on the addition of very useless elements. Well utilized villains and a realistic setting were totally wasted because some individuals had an idea, but didn't know how to expand on it. Storm Warning may prove to only be valuable to the die hard slasher fan. People who are very easily disturbed by some form of woman abuse, and animal cruelty shouldn't bother with this one at all. The film also contains some brief female nudity. The movie has an 82 minute run time.
Pros: -Disturbing, convincing antagonist, some gore
Cons: -Not for the faint of heart, very bad script ruins great plot elements
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 … more
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.