Playhouse (2020) Movie Review

Director: Fionn Watts, Toby Watts

Writer: Fionn Watts, Toby Watts (Screenplay)

Starring: Rebecca Calienda, Grace Courtney, Mathilde Darmady, Julie Higginson, William Holstead, Helen Mackay, James Rottger

Plot: In a remote Scottish castle, an irreverent writer faces terrifying consequences when his daughter falls prey to an evil curse lurking within the walls.

Tagline – Some stories should never be told

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Playhouse starts as Jack Travis (Holstead) and his daughter Bee (Courtney) have moved into a remote Scottish castle to start a new life, as Jack looks to write his latest play, the castle has a history, one which Bee will become caught up in, while the neighbours Jenny (Mackay) and Callum (Rottger) have their own history with the castle, one they want to explore before it is too late.

When Jack starts to dive into his play, he starts to find himself mixing his own reality with the supernatural, as Bee vanishes, leaving Jenny and Callum in a race against time to save her.

Thoughts on Playhouse

Final Thoughts Playhouse brings us a story which will try to dive into the ideas of legends inside Scottish castles which could find a family caught up in a loop, with one side trying to find a way to solve the problem, another is caught up in it without knowing what is going on. The ideas are all placed together well, but not everything comes off well in the execution of the horror side of this story, with very little happening on the horror side, being more about the eccentric nature of the Jack character. The performances through the film are not the strongest either, with the chemistry between the family members not clicking the way they could. The location of the remote castle is the strongest part of the film, which will give us the history that could have more horror stories about it. Overall this is a watchable horror that doesn’t get the scares it would like, even if it has a great idea.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – L – The Layover (2017)

Director: William H Macy

Writer: David Hornsby, Lance Krall (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate Upton, Alexandra Daddario, Matt Barr, Matt Jones, Kal Pen, Michael Benyaer, Emy Aneke


Plot: Two friends on a road trip compete for the affections of a handsome man when their flight is redirected due to a hurricane.

Tagline – The flight is off. The fight is on.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Simple Comedy


Story: The Layover starts as the two best friends Meg (Upton) and Kate (Daddario) are having their own professional problems and with Meg deciding they need a holiday and plans a holiday away. The next morning they are heading for their only to get delayed and needing to layover, which leads them to fight over Ryan (Barr).

As the battle gets more intense their friendship gets tested to new levels, can they pull through the this and remain friends or will Ryan be the end to their friendship.


Thoughts on The Layover


Characters – Meg has always gotten by using her looks with her latest venture in business failing miserably. She is used to meeting men and getting her way believing she can have any man she wants. Kate is a teacher that is always less forward about finding men, she is being pushed out of her job because of her nature, but wants to prove she can compete against her friend. Ryan the man that the two women want to fight over, the dream for them both as he just goes for the flow, while on the way to a wedding. Craig is one of the guests in the hotel that only tries to be nice between the two women’s ordeal and only gets shot down.

PerformancesKate Upton and Alexandra Daddario playing two beautiful women, well they have the look for the part no question, we can see that Alexandra has more experience in certain acting moments, but Upton makes up for this with comedy timing. Matt Barr and Matt Jones complete the main cast well without needing to do much with their roles.

StoryThe story follows two friends that go on a holiday to relax from their life problems only to end up fighting over one guy, testing their own friendship. This is the spin on the more traditional story of two guys fighting over a girl with the guy being the object of the affection this time around. It does work for a laugh along the way and you can see the clear moments that could see the change in decision making happening, the biggest weakness in the story comes from the fact they are both way too beautiful for this film, the way Kate acts makes it feel like it should be pretty woman over one we get which is too unbelievable that she struggles with men. There is a twist in the story, though it seemed easy to see coming, but for a chick flick it works well.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy is good for the most part, it mostly revolves around things going wrong for the women, which will get a laugh, the romance is about who can get the guy before the other and for the most part isn’t really about love, just sex.

SettingsThe film teases the idea of a beautiful sunny beach location, only to leave us in and around a hotel waiting for something to happen, which shows us things can take a turn in life.

Scene of the Movie –
The pool time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The love feels too fake.

Final ThoughtsThis is a chick flick through and through, not one I will be watching again, but I can see the target audience getting a laugh out of moments in this film.


Overall: Chick Flick 101