After Dark Originals: The Task [DVD]
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The cast are hand cuffed, like a chain gang, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy with the black man at the end. There is an Indian(subcontinent)girl (Amara Karan) who is super intelligent and a blond (Ashley Mulheron as Shoe)who isn't. Antonia Campbell-Hughes is delightful as Angel who is a contestant who enjoys frightening the other contestants.
The story goes that the warden, in order to cut costs killed 85 inmates and then later was sentenced to death himself. His soul roams the prison. Or that is at least the story they were told...
Contestants randomly select a chess piece to represent them. Tasks are assigned by a prerecorded tape based on the chess piece...first up the white queen. While the tasks seemed to be at random, they are actually based on the interviews where the contestants disclosed their biggest fear.
As it turns out there are things in the prison the producers didn't count on...and the producers think it is just their network playing a game with them.
Good acting for a B movie. The soundtrack is not overpowering, but it is effective with drum rhythms inconspicuously mimicking heart beats. The horror is mostly pyschological and not blood and guts. Yes, we've seen this type of movie before, and I don't mind watching them again when they are done right.
F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
It had elements of several other horror films but none of it added up to a good movie.
First you have the Rip Off of the reality show with the people in the RV ala Wrong Turn 2 and even have the last guy standing from that film 'Texas Battle' in the cast.
I can't mention the other films that it ripped off or it will give away too much of the movie.
There was very little gore,the storyline was obviously lacking and it was very slow paced.
it even ripped off the old MTV show Room Raiders.
The atmosphere in the abandoned prison was creepy I will give it that and the use of camera was not bad but the entire effort was a fail as far as I'm concerned.The fat guy in the RV where all the producers and technicians were working made me cringe he was so annoying ,I was hoping he would go outside and smoke or something and get offed.
Bottom line,This year,so far watch Seconds Apart,Husk and even Prowl.but I say skip this unless you have money to throw away and there is nothing else to watch.
For the next 40 minutes, we're not seeing anything resembling true horror taking place. It's some of the tamest horror imaginable. I wouldn't even say it's written for teens- more like kids. It's *that* mild. It turns out, predictably, that the reality TV crew are staying in hidden camera rooms orchestrating/watching the entire way these teens are supposed to spend their time in this dark dreadful prison. Of course, you can probably guess- there's a real murderer on the loose that neither the teens or the TV crew are aware of, and he pops up on camera to make a surprise appearance every so often.
There's barely any horror while this murderer is walking around either. We see the murderer- he's big, bald and bulky but besides that, he's hardly what I'd call intimidating. He has several opportunities to kill teens but for some bizarre reason he hardly uses them. Instead he's more concerned making sneak appearances before quickly shying away from the overhead camera.Read more ›
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What can I say? Well, I'm glad I didn't buy it, that's for sure. It was a fun story, made you feel like you were one of the characters, made you feel like you were in it.. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Saint Sinner
I'm sorry I didn't send a review out right away. Thank you for sending me the movie out right away, we enjoy it.Published 20 months ago by geri angel
I'd recommend it... in fact, I have.
Creepy but won't keep you up at night. Entertaining. Read more
This movie is people get kidnapped on the street and placed on a game show where they must spend a night in an abandoned prison for a cash prize. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by A. Pierre
I gave this movie a good rateing because
movie was good, item was as described when received. good story line as well.
I've been watching "Gore" & "Psych" Horror/Thrillers since the age of 8y.o., I'm now 45. It's quite possible that I've become biased and/or soft,forgiving,generous.. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Marci
This was a great movie. Don't know what else to say about it. A must see.
Buy buy buy buy
As "The Task" began, it instantly appealed to my sensibilities with a winning premise. Setting a horror movie within the confines of an abandoned prison during a reality game show... Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by K. Harris