Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Comedown (2012)

logoDirector: Menhaj Huda

Writer: Steven Kendall (Screenplay)

Starring: Jacob Anderson, Sophie Stuckey, Jessica Barden, Shizzio, Naga, Calum MacNab, Adam Deacon, Duane Henry, Geoff Bell, Stephen Taylor


Plot: Six friends who turn the deserted the tower block they lived in as kids into a pirate radio station soon learn they are not alone, as a resident psychopath begins hunting them down.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Bog Standard Horror


Story: Comedown starts by showing us an abandon apartment block in London before showing a clash between gangs. Lloyd (Anderson) fresh out of jail is the first to get involved saving a girl before going to see his girl Jemma (Stuckey). Even after only being out of jail for one day Lloyd is happy to follow his friends Kelly (Barden) Col (Henry) Jason (Deacon) and Gal (MacNab) into the abandoned apartment block which just so happened to get burnt down by Gal.

The group of friends get given a job to attach a satellite to the top of the abandon building for cash and drugs, so cue the break in and entering at the dead of night to climb. It doesn’t take long for them to get split up, but seriously did they all need to go? You know that feeling when you watch a film and you think you aren’t gonna like it, well I have that feeling. It doesn’t take long until the friends clash and personal issue come out. The night takes a turn when Jemma gets taken by a crazed killer still living in the building. The friends believe it to be a rival gang so the remaining five team up to look for answers as they start getting picked off by the killer.

Comedown manages to annoy me from the first moment the film starts, the gang behaviour is so unnecessary, regardless of his money situation if you just got out of prison you wouldn’t go and break the law the first day. Why didn’t the killer just kill Jemma like he did the rest of the friends? Why did the group decide to have a party when the job would have been very easy to do during the day without any problems? All these questions just annoyed me, a lot. Once the idea happens it turns into a standard slasher type of film that is very easy to follow but by then you just don’t care who makes it out. (3/10)


Actor Review


Jacob Anderson: Lloyd is fresh out of prison, he wants to try and take his life more serious after his girlfriend is pregnant, but with the first day out he ends up back on the wrong side of the law doing a job for an underground person. Jacob does a solid job in the lead role but his character is very questionable. (6/10)


Sophie Stuckey: Jemma is Lloyd’s girlfriend who has been struggling while her boyfriend has been away, she is carrying his kid and goes for the job even while pregnant when she should like not. Sophie spends more of the film trapped so doesn’t get any sort of good mark. (2/10)


Jessica Barden: Kelly is the only other girl in the group who gets branded a slut but seems to be able to stick up for herself. Jessica makes for a standard supporting character that ends up getting used as a disposable character. (4/10)


Adam Deacon: Jason is just one complete ass hole of the group who thinks he is the tough guy and seems to have a grudge against the whole world. Adam does a good job to make me hate him from the first moment he turns up on screen. (7/10)


Duane Henry: Col seems to be the slow member of the friends who also ends up being the end of most of the jokes. Col does have to get put through the most because he has to deal with being pushed by the friends but he does take a stand against the killer. Duane does a solid job in the supporting role. (6/10)


Calum MacNab: Gal is the crazy arsonist who enjoys burning stuff and will end up being the reason for everything that happens. Gal continues to be a pain in the arse all the way through this film. Calum doesn’t shine and actually looks out of place to the rest of the cast. (3/10)


Support Cast: Comedown has a few supporting characters are only in film for a couple of scenes.


Director Review: Menhaj Huda – Menhaj has a good idea but ends up wasting too much time making us hate the characters at the start. (3/10)


Horror: Comedown does end up working once the horror starts but ends up being very slow getting to that stage. (4/10)

Settings: Comedown does create a good isolation situation for the characters to be trapped in. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Comedown does have a couple of good effects with the kills but really doesn’t challenge anything fresh with them. (6/10)

Suggestion: Comedown is one the horror fans might see on one night and try but otherwise it is one to miss. (Late Night Horror Show)


Best Part: Nothing comes to mind.

Worst Part: The Characters all unlikeable.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: It’s fun getting high…but the comedown is a killer.


Overall: Comedown ends up being a stale moving horror that never challenges the genre.

Rating 30

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