Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Task (2011)

taskDirector: Alex Orwell

Writer: Kenny Yakkel (Screenplay)

Starring: Alexandra Staden, Victor McGuire, Sean McConaghy, Adam Rayner, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Ashely Mulheron, Amara Karan, Tom Payne, Marc Pickering


Plot: A group of reality show contestants must survive the night in a haunted jail.


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Verdict: Poor Horror


Story: The Task starts as we meet our contestants with Dixon (Battle) being the last to be kidnapped and taken to a remote location to be part of the latest new reality run by Connie (Staden). The show includes Toni (Karan), Stanton (Payne), Randall (Pickering), Dixon (Battle), Angel (Campbell-Hughes) and Show (Mulheron) who have to stay in an abandoned prison for the night.

With the game under way the six contestants have to follow a string of tasks around the prison but it soon turns out that the game show set up are not the only people inside the prison when a serial killer makes the contestants fight for their lives.

The Task is a horror film that does have a good idea with the tasks being set against the contestants fears but this gets forgotten when a real killer turns up. Ok I can deal with this happening and it works for what the film is trying to do but things get worse because we get a false finish we all know can’t be true and this ends up throwing out either a false twist ending which it tries and the actual ending. This horror ends up getting stuck in the middle without taking control over either side of the horror elements.


Actor Review


Antonia Campbell-Hughes: Angel is our leading lady within the game coming off fearless within the tasks and having to find her own way out of the game alive. Antonia is solid but no really star in this role.

Tom Payne: Stanton is one of the contestants who has entered along with his sister. He is a wild spirit being the cocky guy within the group. Tom has become well known because of his recent work in the Walking Dead as Jesus but this really is a standard horror role.

Texas Battle: Dixon is the last person to get kidnapped for the game and where the character have to face their fears he find himself stuck in the hole while everyone is getting picked off. Texas doesn’t really get enough to do until the final act so it is hard to judge his performance in a leading role.

Amara Karan: Toni is the brains of the contestants who find herself having to remember the instructions the others forget knowing she needs them for the money. She also finds herself isolated out of the game early on. Amara does a basic job but again is a poorly written character.

Support Cast: The Task has a supporting cast which include the behind the cameras guys that really go feel like what Cabin in the Woods did and a few other contestants who does give too much to the overall feel.

Director Review: Alex OrwellAlex does give us a basic horror that fails on the scares and doesn’t help itself with the false ending.


Horror: The Task tries to put us into a face your fears horror only to quickly change into a survival style horror but never moving between the two enough to work as either.

Settings: The Task does keep everything inside the prison which does work very well for the film.
Special Effects
: The Task has simple effects that never really do anything original or breath-taking.

Suggestion: The Task is one I do feel the horror fans could watch late night on television one day but otherwise it can be skipped. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: Concept

Worst Part: Mixing the two horrors don’t work.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: The Audience Isn’t The Only One Watching.


Overall: Sloppy horror that just never makes up its own mind of the genre.




The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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Plot: A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.


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Verdict: Good Opera Adaptation


Story: The Phantom of the Opera starts at an auction at the theatre before we see Madame Giry (Richardson) flashback to the times when the mythical phantom turned up. We see the theatre being sold to Firmin (Hinds) and Andre (Callow) as well as them losing their star attraction Carlotta (Driver).

Facing huge financial loss on the first night they must find a replacement and Christine (Rossum) save the shows with her mesmerizing performance that even caught the attention of the Phantom (Butler). The Phantom takes Christine to his home under the theatre to confess his love for her ability while Raoul (Wilson) must wait another time to win her heart.

When Christine witness with the Phantom he starts demanding how the next show will be run or a disaster will fall on the theatre. While his obsession continues to grow their lives will clash to decide their own futures.

The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most classically loved operas of all time and this is an honest version to make it into a film style adding the effects you could never do on stage. This is one of the love stories that will always be put on the same levels as Romeo and Juliet which is always is one I would like to think people would have heard off. Having never seen but knowing the basic story I feel this does everything really well that people will enjoy.


Actor Review


Gerard Butler: The Phantom is running the theatre from the shadows demanding the managers follow his rules while becoming fascinated by the next big opera singer Christine and making her the star of the show. He is scared to come out of the shadows because of his disfigurement and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to get what he wants. Gerard is great in this role even if part of the singing comes off  compared to the rest of the cast.phantom

Emmy Rossum: Christine is the ballet girl given the chance to become the lead in the opera where she stuns the crowd and the Phantom who demands she will always be the lead in the opera. She goes on to have a romance with her old friend Raoul which leads to an engagement but the Phantom has other ideas. Emmy is great in this role where she stands up against the more established stars.

Patrick Wilson: Raoul has returned to the city where he has fallen in love with the beautiful Christine and after he wins her heart he must find a way to stop the Phantom taking over the life. Patrick is great in this role showing he has musical side to his abilities.

Miranda Richardson: Madame Giry runs the ballet side of the theatre who has a past with the Phantom being the one that bought him into the theatre in the first place and it is her one of many looking back at the tragedy at the theatre. Miranda is good in this supporting role.

Support Cast: The Phantom of the Opera has brilliant supporting cast that make you are in the opera with the rest of the cast.

Director Review: Joel SchumacherJoel gives us some beautiful shot moments that bring this opera to life for us all as a treat.


Musical: The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most famous ever, and this does it all justice.

Romance: The Phantom of the Opera brings us into a romantic story where we see how obsession can become dangerous.

Settings: The Phantom of the Opera has stunning settings for everything to take place in making us feel like we are part of the film.
Special Effects
: The Phantom of the Opera has great effects to make everything happen through the film.

Suggestion: The Phantom of the Opera is one for all the musical fans to enjoy watching, if you are not of fan of musicals this will become hard to enjoy. (Musical Fans Watch)


Best Part: Settings look fantastic.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Romantic Moment: Final Act.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Nominated for 3 Oscars

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes

Tagline: Listen to the Music of the Night


Overall: Spectacular musical