Writer: Andrew Ellard (Screenplay)
Starring: Miranda Raison, Sam Keeley, Elarica Johnson, Lorna Nickson Brown, Daniella Kertesz, Joe Passarella
Plot: Five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realising that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of hell. Between in-fighting and attacks by a demonic shadow creature, they recall the collapse of the nightclub that brought them here – and begin seeing hope of a second chance in the cabin’s two mysterious paintings.
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: AfterDeath starts with Robin (Raison) waking up on a beach, chased by a demon, leading her to a beach house, with Seb (Keeley), Patricia (Johnson), Livvy (Brown) and Onie (Kertesz) stranded in too. The five of them are all dead, they can’t escape this location, where they are being terrorised by their past in the shape of a ghostly spirit.
The five must figure out how they died, why they are being punished, how to escape or even if they can at all.
Thoughts on AfterDeath
Characters – Robyn is the latest person dragged into the after world, she is the one that is trying to get to the bottom of everything happening. These characters are all poorly written which makes it even harder to describe what their actions are, Seb, Patricia and Livvy all want to party in the afterlife, while Onie is trying to figure out how to get out through suicide.
Story – The story follows five young people who seem to be stuck in an afterlife situation where they need to figure out how to escape before spending eternity in hell. I have seen my fair share of afterlife movies and they can be interesting if they are done correctly, this one is done on a level that becomes confusing and messy, before become slightly preachy about everything going on. We just don’t get anything that will be seen as interesting and should be left on the writing block.
Horror/Mystery – This film doesn’t give us much to be scared off, it just feels like we have seen this before, the mystery is there, it just doesn’t reach any leaves it should for making us become invested in what is happening.
Settings – The film keeps the settings in and around the single beach house, which should work, but they try to leave which only makes things feel out of place.
Special Effects – The effects are all on the same level, it kind of works but never looks that high quality.
Final Thoughts – This just isn’t the most interest ideas of dealing with the afterlife and needing to unlock the secret to see where you will spend your life.
Overall: Disappointing and dull.