Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, which I reviewed yesterday for my other blog. I was in the mood to watch another movie, and since there will be football to watch today, I figured I would get my next instant watch film in.
Molly (Emma Griffiths Malin) is an art student without a home. She hangs with her friends Zoe (Amy Noble), Toby (George Maguire) and Luke (Reuben-Henry Biggs), who are also all homeless. Their plan is to find a house that is no longer being used, and entrench themselves to make it their own. They find a place and get moved in. After the exploring some and getting the water turned on, they begin to party. After getting some sleep, they go to leave in the morning, only to find the doors to be bared shut and all the windows are covered with metal from the inside. Having not explored the upstairs completely, they do so now and find a room with four chairs, but no way out. Then someone gases them and takes one of them. What is going on in this house?
Spiderhole comes from Ireland and was filmed on location in London. The name comes from the military. A spider hole is like a foxhole, but provides concealment. There was a hole in the wall in the film where the bad guy could be found at times, so I'm guessing that is where the name of the film comes from. It sure didn't have anything to do with spiders, sadly enough. Writer and director Daniel Simpson gives us a simple story with a small cast. The bad guy is played by John E. Regan. Besides the five cast members, there is a couple of other people with speaking lines towards the start of the film. That is it though. Even though Spiderhole is only just over the 80 minute mark, Simpson takes his time telling his story. I watched this somewhat late last night, for me anyway, and I almost went to sleep on it at one point. It wasn't because the story wasn't interesting, just a bit slow. I liked the story, but Simpson makes a couple of mistakes with it. For one, there is a news story about a little girl who had gone missing ten years before. This shows up again, I'm pretty sure a couple of times, but it has to do with the twist. The twist shows up in the last minute of the film, so I think some people might forget the news story by then. The other problem was that the story doesn't bother to explain anything. I don't mind that, I like thinking things out for myself, but there is just nothing given to us to do that with. I have no idea why the bad guy was doing what he does, or how anything has to do with the twist at the end. All we find out about the bad guy is that he witnessed his father being killed. So...what? He just hopes homeless people will wander into the run down house so he can kill them because he saw his father killed?
There wasn't a whole lot for effects. There is a nasty cut, and we see someone get their eye removed, but that is about it really. They are done well at least. The kills happen off screen the majority of the time. It was a little frustrating just because there wasn't a lot going on anyway. The acting wasn't all that bad. Everyone in the cast does a good job with their role. Sometimes the characters could be annoying, but that had more to do with their actions than anything else. There is no nudity, but there is a sex scene to be found.
Something else that annoyed me, and a lot of others was the actions of Molly at one point. We find out that Molly is willing to kill, but when she had the bad guy where he was helpless, she just leaves him. I've said before little mistakes can eventually add up to bring me out of a film, but these weren't little mistakes to me, these were bigger. Spiderhole comes close to being an average film, but starts to fall apart in the last act when it should be pulling it all together. If this still sounds like an interesting film to you, it can still be found in instant watch for a couple more days at least (as of this writing). It isn't a bad film really, just the story could have been much better.
2 out of 5 Why couldn't it have been spiders!?!
2 days ago