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The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4) (2009)

Anna Brewster , Geoff Bell , Nick Cohen  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Reeds (After Dark Horrorfest 4)" on IMDb

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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's something in The Reeds 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When Terror Goes Nowhere April 18, 2010
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"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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice attempt at creativity, but falters somewhat February 4, 2010
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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
2.0 out of 5 stars a soggy dreary mess... May 7, 2011
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Part of After Dark Horrorfest 4, The Reeds (2009) is a horror thriller set in the British countryside that while semi-atmospheric, isn't very well written or executed, as six twentysomethings from London, head out for a weekend of boating in some reedy wetlands. After managing to rent a boat from a Mr. Croaker (Geoff Bell), the outing turns disastrous when the group runs into trouble in the boggy marsh.

The group has virtually no boating or outdoor skills, and they soon become lost. Night falls, and they are stupidly struggling to make their way through the wetlands in the dark, when they have a disastrous accident. The group's lack of intelligence is almost comical as they try to cope with the situation. After accidentally setting their boat on fire, the night turns tragic for several individuals.

Besides a couple of cool scenes of violence, The Reeds doesn't have much to recommend it. The people are clueless, and barely manage to keep from killing themselves. They are involved in a greater mystery, that includes supernatural forces, murder, and a group of younger kids that are seen running through the swamplands. Eventually it appears that some of the survivors may have made it to safety, but the film has a surprise finish, that may leave you scratching your head. The writing and dialog is generally quite poor, giving the actors little chance to shine. Anna Brewster, O. T. Fagbenle, and Scarlet Johnson, probably do the best job. The action ramps up at the end, featuring more terrible acting, as a confusing supernatural element is revealed. The Reeds is a muddled mess that gets stuck in the muck early. It's barely worth seeing once, but the finish seems to indicate otherwise. You can catch it on Sy Fy, and decide for yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not reslly
don't reslly care for these kinds of gory movies, with people esting animals and stuff, a tad to bit bloody for me
Published 5 months ago by little one
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, pointless
Sorry to say there was not much to like about this movie. Perhaps the moody setting in the English countryside but that's about it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tamara Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reeds
This was a very entertaining and makes you stop and think . Has a surprising the way the movie ended.
Published 6 months ago by robert bowden
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting British Horror Flick...For the Right Price
I'm a big fan of horror films, so I've seen quite a few. I am also generally a fan of the "After Dark Horrorfest" films. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Addicted2Amazon!
2.0 out of 5 stars I can confirm it is a movie.
Disappointingly terrible and disjointed. The two lead characters were pretty terrible but some of the secondary characters performed well, considering the situation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by fadedgiant
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright could have been better
It was okay for the price. Some alright acting, but could have been better. I wouldn't go see it at the movies.
Published 8 months ago by G. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than its 3-star rating
Still not entirely sure what to make of this story, but it's intriguing and captivating enough to keep you watching. Decent film-making and acting add to that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Neville
2.0 out of 5 stars Would've, could've, should've...
Interesting premise, poorly executed. I feel this movie could have been something really great if fully thought out. Although a good idea, lackluster underneath it all.
Published 10 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable for the most part
Is this another "overly attractive 20 somethings on an outing full of casual sex and the intake of intoxicating beverages and recreational drugs"? Yes. Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Consequences
This one twisted and turned from reality to the supernatural with a slow but gruesom and surprising plot with an ending that was final but not really ending!
Published on March 1, 2012 by William A. Morant Sr.
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