Locked In (2016)

Director: Ivan Silvestrini

Writer: Elena Bucaccio, Stefano Sardo, Ivan Silvestrini, Mauro Uzzeo (Screenplay) Roberto Recchioni (Story)

Starring: Katrina Bowden, Jay Hayden, Brandon W Jones, Lauren McKnight, Damon Dayoub, Justine Wachsberger

 

Plot: A mother and her son plan a surprise visit to Los Angeles to see her husband/his father. Halfway there they get into a terrible accident in the middle of nowhere and now must fight to survive.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bad Parenting 101

 

Story: Locked In starts as Sandra (Bowden) is taker her baby David across country in new car a monolith, a new state of the art car that offers protection and safety unlike anything else on the market.

When travelling the car informs Sandra of an accident which leads her down a back road, where she is involved in an accident and like all responsible parents, she gives her mobile to her child to play with, well distract while trying to figure out what to do. The problem is that he locks her out the car and she is left stranded in the middle of know where with her son trapped in the car.

 

Thoughts on Locked In

 

Characters – Sandra is the stressed-out mother needing to take her baby son across country, she is questioning whether her husband is cheating on her and dealing with the new car that is technology driven. She does the modern parenting technique of given the kid the phone which leads to him locking himself in the car and her having no way of getting in to rescue him. We don’t really meet any other characters for more than a phone call.

PerformancesThis film relies on the strong performance from the lead, but the problem comes from the performance from Katrina Bowden who doesn’t have the range to take a leading role in this movie, we struggle to believe her actions.

StoryThe story here plays into the idea of the nightmare situation where a parent finds their child locked in their car which they can’t get into. The problem here is that is sums up two problems in the world, the new technology boom and bad parenting that uses smart technology which children can cause problems getting the wrong material. By the end of the film it does feel like I was playing a computer game and got lose myself.

ThrillerThis is meant to keep you on the edge of your seat, but sadly you will be checking the time a lot.

SettingsWe are set in the middle of nowhere, which works, but it seems like there are easier ways out of the situation.


Scene of the Movie –
End credits because I didn’t have to see anymore.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It felt like a car commercial.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t a very interesting thriller which does just end up feeling flat from start to finish.

 

Overall: Forget about this one.

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4/20 Massacre (2018)

Director: Dylan Reynolds

Writer: Dylan Reynolds (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Stacey Danger, Justine Wachsberger, Marissa Pistone, Jim Storm, James Gregory

 

Plot: A group of five women go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend’s birthday over 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana grow operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.


Tagline – Inhale. Exhale. Scream.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slasher Fans Dream

 

Story: 4/20 Massacre starts as we follow our five friends Jess (Bernadette), Aubrey (Parker), Donna (Danger), Rachel (Wachsberger) and Michelle (Pistone) as they head off for a camping trip for Jess’ birthday on the holiday known as 4/20 (the motivation for this holiday will be revealed in the film, don’t worry I was completely lost on it too to start with).

As the weekend unfolds the girls have a drink, drug induced time in the woods nearly a local illegal marijuana operation, which brings them face to with a killer protecting their investment.

 

Thoughts on 4/20 Massacre

 

Characters – When we get into the characters it would be fair to say each one fits into a horror type for the slasher genre. Jess is the cleaner living of the group, the only one that won’t touch drugs and looks after the rest of the group, while celebrating her own birthday. Aubrey fits in the role of the one that is good at heart that has her own feeling for our lead and wants to use this weekend to show their feelings. Donna the stoner of the group spending more time high stating moments of the obvious, like Marty from Cabin in the Woods. Rachel is the womaniser of the group with her latest project along on the trip with Michelle being that project is the newest member of the group just trying not to say anything she shouldn’t around the friends.

PerformancesJamie Bernadette in a leading role again, this up and coming actress is a very busy lady of late with Killing Joan only just appeared on VOD. In this role she once again shows she can handle combat skills and strength to be the lead role, fingers crossed we will see her many more horror films. Diving into the rest of the cast we have good performances from all with Stacey Danger becoming the character you want to see more off.

StoryThe story isn’t the most difficult for anyone to follow, it follows five friends that are going for a camping trip only to find themselves needing to survive against a ruthless killer. There is on part of the story that sticks out, none of the film is set at night which is something that breaks the generic idea of slasher films. You don’t need anything too deep here, it does everything the story needs to do.

Action/HorrorThe action in the film plays hand in hand with the horror as we see the killer calculate his next kills in full action form, the horror is plenty of blood and gore with the kills, that do feel original even if the moments don’t feel like they have the tension being built in them.

SettingsThe film is set in the woods during the day, which breaks the mould for slasher movies which generally take place in the darkness.

Special EffectsThe effects used when it comes to thee kills are good throughout when it comes to the kills which feel unique in their own way.


Scene of the Movie –
Smoking alone.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many disposable characters.

Final ThoughtsThis movie plays into the slasher movies of old, it hits the marks on every level making us enjoy the film, it has great kills and a strong lead.

 

Overall: Enjoyable slasher movie.

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