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The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4)

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A weekend boating party turns into a nightmare for a group of young Londoners when they stumble upon a terrifying secret hidden in the reeds.

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  • Actors: Anna Brewster, Geoff Bell, Daniel Caltagirone, Emma Catherwood, O.T. Fagbenle
  • Directors: Nick Cohen
  • Writers: Chris Baker, Mark Anthony Galluzzo, Simon Sprackling
  • Producers: Brian A. Levine, Charles Gauvain, Ildi Toth Davy, Insha Pauwels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4)" on IMDb

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mezzanine on February 6, 2010
Format: DVD
Set in the Norfolk Broads, a desolate but photogenic part of the UK, six attractive Brits go on a weekend boating trip on the Corsair Star to celebrate two of their number getting engaged to each other, little realising that there's more to the reeds than, well, the reeds. There's laughing, joking, high-jinks, and then some weird local kids appear and things start getting creepy. Suddenly the film turns, as most good horrors do, from nicey-nicey to oh-my-God-how much nastier can it get??? I think that the final act could probably have done with a little bit more thought, but I don't think the film suffers terribly from this. To the contrary, for the most part it's an extremely watchable horror. The slightly retro feel is very 'movie': you can tell this was shot on film and not digital, and the piece benefits from this.

The girl who plays the lead 'Laura' (Anna Brewster) is very good, natural and believable and the Brit TV actor Will Mellor makes a great, humorous and then horrific (in a good way) impression. The cinematography is good, very good in fact. From a directing/writing perspective there's certainly not too much fat on the story, and what is clever is that there's sufficient misdirection to keep the eventual outcome in the balance. I think this would deserve another half-star IF - and only IF - the last act had had a bit more thought, and maybe punch but then some will really love it and some won't.

Three point seven-five stars, which Amazon nicely rounds up to four for me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on April 18, 2010
Format: DVD
"The Reeds" is a hopelessly confusing mess, a horror film that knows neither the story it wants to tell nor how it wants to tell it. While many scary and bloody things happen all throughout, and while it consistently establishes mood, no real attempt is made at a story until the final ten minutes, at which point we're hit with not one but two plot twists that make absolutely no sense. I hate movies like this. They have no ambition other than to keep you in a perpetual state of bewilderment. I grant you that not everything has to be wrapped up in a neat little package, but really, what can be gained by jerking the audience's chain without providing some kind of payoff?

It opens on a premise horror movies thrive on: A young group of city dwellers getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. Lo and behold, we have six twenty-somethings from London retreating for a weekend of boating in the Norfolk Broads, an open expanse of rivers, lakes, and reeds in the English countryside. Strange that this area should be so deserted when for over a century it has been a bustling tourist destination and a haven for yacht racing, but never mind. When our six friends arrive, they meet the strange old marina operator, Mr. Croker (Geoff Bell). He informs them, in his own salty way, that all the rentable boats are gone. But ... what's this? Why, one is still available. What luck!

Thus ventures our six friends, who are all character and no development. Not even Laura, who knows a thing or two about first aid (Anna Brewster), is given all that much to do, which is to say she's about as fleshed out as twig stripped bare of its bark. The rest combine to form a generic mishmash of horror movie stereotypes, meaning it's virtually impossible to tell one from the other, regardless of gender.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on February 4, 2010
Format: DVD
It's a shame that After Dark Horrorfest 4 only got a week long run in the theater. The Reeds is the second film I was able to catch on the big screen, and it was a solid attempt by writer Chris Baker and director Nick Cohen.

The story is pretty basic--a group of 20-something year old friends embark on a weekend boating trip through the Norfolk Broads. Disaster strikes as something stalks them from the reedy tidewaters.

This story is developed pretty well, taking its time with character development and building tension. There is solid acting from the cast, plus believable dialogue. The setting is superb, as the tall reeds in the water make for difficult navigation. But when a horrible accident occurs, things start to sink rather quickly.

I'm all for a story with a mysterious deadly force wrecking havoc on an unsuspecting crew. Nothing groundbreaking, but it provides one hell of a creepy story. But eventually I'd like to have some sort of halfway legitimate explanation of the evil forces--what the hell is going on here? Ghosts, demons, river bandits, dopplegangers, zombies? It seemed this film didn't really know where to go, so it decided to go nowhere.

Plus the end was totally ridiculous. Not wanting to give anything away, but it seemed to me (and several people in the theater) to just be a bad joke on the audience.

Maybe with another attempt I'll get more out of this film. As for now, I can only recommend it for bored horror fanatics. 2.5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 8, 2014
Format: DVD
The Reeds (Nick Cohen, 2010)

The Reeds is not a bad little film, certainly not one deserving of the kind of calumny it has received around the Internet (4.6 at IMDB, 10%[!!] at Rotten Tomatoes). It's nothing spectacularly original, but if you're looking for a somewhat understated supernatural thriller, this will do as well as most of your other options. A group of young-and-beautifuls head out of the city to spend a weekend boating in the middle of nowhere...but “middle of nowhere” turns out to be a much more accurate description than they were hoping, and the reeds are home to all sorts of the kinds of noises that make people wonder just how alone they are on the desolate moor. While the climax does get a touch ridiculous, that did not, in my estimation, detract from the basic enjoyability of the movie. It's empty calories, but it's an easily-swallowed ninety minutes that does not leave a nasty aftertaste. ***
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