Sunday, April 3, 2016

Movie review: It Waits

While on isolated duty at a forest firetower Danielle tries to deal with the death of a close friend, a drinking problem, and her relationship with her boyfriend. Little does she know those will be the least of her problems when a mythical creature begins killing people and tormenting her with their remains.

Cerina Vincent (Danielle), Dominic Zamprogna (Justin), Matt Jordon (Wakinyah), Miranda Frigon (Julie).

The plot of this movie was actually quite confusing. Why the creature picked her to stalk and torment but then didn’t kill her when it had the chance just didn’t make much sense at all. Even the myth around the creature was never well explained with confusing history from a local tribesman mixed with cave drawings. The only thing that was explained well was the death of Danielle’s friend, Julie, and why she was so emotionally upset. It almost seemed as if they couldn’t decide if this should be a drama or a horror so they went with drama and decided to just stick in some horror scenes to spice things up.

Although Cerina Vincent was a pleasure to look at, it just wasn’t enough to keep this movie from being flat and lifeless. Acting was mediocre at best with  absolutely no energy between the actors.

Camera work was disappointing with jerky movements used to create the feeling of desperation or urgency that were overused. Sets were decent but not overly interesting. Special effects had potential but because we didn’t even get to see the creature until an hour into the film they just didn’t have the impact they could have had.

Overall the best description I have for this one is that it is a complete paint-by-numbers horror flick. Nothing really exciting or original here so leave this one toward the bottom of your Must See list. There were a few good BOO moments but again, it just wasn’t enough to save this film.

No nudity, little foul language but a good dose of scary moments, blood, and snarling creature scenes should keep the younger kids away from this one.

Released: 2005
Reviewed: 3.25.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Creature Films

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