A secret basement room, a solid titanium door, an intricate locking mechanism never meant to be unlocked… An innocent, emotionally wounded wife, her husband in sexual deceit with her sister, an honest, helpful locksmith, an old couple greedy for immortality, an evil entity trapped behind the door…
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I knew this was a no-budget independent movie before viewing and, with this in mind, the opening is promising, but it quickly devolves from there due to a lousy script, bad acting, bad flow (in certain sequences) and effects that are anything but special. It's more like a student movie than a legitimate independent film and, overall, is bottom-of-the-barrel filmmaking.
That said, there are quite a few things I appreciate. For one, I enjoy seeing the work of amateur filmmakers and I think the director has what it takes but, in this case, he needed to hire a real writer, better actors and an FX technician, not to mention cut out filler material that pads the runtime. I also enjoyed the Youngstown, Ohio, area locations of which the director doesn't really take advantage. As it's filmed, it could've been shot in any big town in the Northern USA or Canada.
A couple of the actors are actually decent despite the lousy script, particularly the main protagonist, Christine played by the distinctive Ashley Gallo, and, less so, the guy who plays Luke the locksmith. Ashley could go on to better things if she plays her cards right.
The movie runs 89 Minutes.
The basic storyline is that a ghost hunter imprisoned a centuries-old vampire in a basement vault in sleepy-town Ohio. When two Satan-worshippers in search of immortality release the "Master," bloodshed and carnage follow. It's not a terrible premise, though a little hard to buy. But what really kills the film is that the story just isn't well-realized in the script. The characters are flat, and their motives are hard to swallow because there isn't enough setup to make them believable or to make us care about them. The acting isn't great, but I've seen these actors in other Schotten films and they've done much better, so I really think the blame has to be placed on the script.
Check out one of Schotten's other films and give this one a pass.