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The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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
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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The movie is not the fastest paced movie but eventually gets into some action. The plot is pretty straight-forward, folks rent a boat for the weekend out in the "reeds"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dan
Six friends go out for a boat ride in the reeds. But there are ghosts in the reeds, and possibly something much worse. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alex C.
It was entertaining and I enjoyed it. Not the best but worth watching.Published 14 months ago by Mapasmurf
this movie does not suck by a long shot.
the setting is gorgeous and creeptacular. both the story & the acting are above adequate.
it ain't the exorcist, kids. Read more
It was a good ghost story tho I didn't really get the ending.Published 15 months ago by LORI A. ELLIS
Good old fashion ghost story. I thought it was going to be another run of the mill low budget flicks but I got pulled into the story line and came out being surprised that I liked... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Wstoner