Imagine a horror movie where a family move in after an undisclosed incident forces the father to take up a job somewhere remote. That the family are still a little unhinged because he is suffering from all sorts of anger management issues. However, whilst there, something mysterious starts happening in the household that only the father can see – causing him to be pushed further to the edge of his mentality and making his son and wife worried not just for his health, but for their own safety. Very unique storyline huh?
And no, I’m not talking about The Shining. Nor am I talking about The AmityVille Horror. Or The Haunting. Or any other godforsaken horror movie based in a house. But nevertheless, Blackwood tries it’s hardest to strike its own voice. But doesn’t do well.
Well, for a start, who’d have seen Paul Kaye as a Vicar?
Pushing that aside, Blackwood is an atrociously dull affair that hits every cliché with hammed up acting from every player here. Edward Stoppard does not have the talent or skill to hold a lead role while Sophia Myles could do so much better than the flaky underwritten role she has been given. And Russell Tovey is so much better than his drunkard performance here that does not offer any tension despite being the main suspect here. It’s flat and boring, with no level of fright other than the fear that this type of garbage is being regurgitated and packaged as something “new.”
This is a lacklustre effort that definitely tries something knew with its “twist” but fails to develop the story well enough. It’s short beautifully, enhancing the colours of a muddy English Countryside and having some incredible shots. But this is a complete and utter waste of time and talent. The cast try their best but it is squandered on a pathetic script that uses recycled and discarded from other bad trope-tastic horror movies.
Somebody put this house up for sale, it needs to be torn down.
What Do You Think?
Is Blackwood a great horror film?
Or do you agree with Cookie?
Blackwood is out on DVD & Blu-ray Now