SPIDERHOLE Movie Review
I was recently given the opportunity to peek at the IFC Film SPIDERHOLE, and based on the synopsis of the film I was really excited. I was extremely excited, but have to say ultimately let down at the completion of the film.
The story follows four friends that are living in England and decide to find a place to live. The friends decide to squat in an old abandoned house; figuring they can dress up the place with their artistic abilities and hey, they’ll be living rent free!
The house that they find is scary creepy with boarded up windows, doors and crumbling floor boards. The kids (we’ll call them that even through they’re in college) are ready to start their new life of partying and sex but soon discover a cabinet in their new bedroom. While this wouldn’t be strange under normal circumstances, turns out the cabinet is full of bloody clothes. This, for some reason, does not seem to bother anyone but Zoe, one of the students.
She seems to be the smart one and wants to leave the house, but her friends convince her to stay. Eventually they do fall asleep, only to discover that while they were out someone (or something) has locked them inside the house. Not only are the doors and windows boarded up but now, behind the boards, are metal shields.
They students quickly realize that they aren’t alone in the house and they start disappearing one by one.
Here are my problems with Spiderhole.
1.) Upon arriving at the house, no one decides to take a look upstairs despite Molly’s pleas that someone SHOULD. Why wouldn’t upstairs be the FIRST place you look? While I understand that the boys wanted to wait until morning, what if someone else is in the house squatting JUST like they are?
2.) Plumbing. All four of the characters had no problem unloading their stuff to begin living in a house without even looking to see if there was running water. I’m not even concerned with running water for drinking, but there are four of you, this is going to be your new home, chances are that you’re going to need to use a bathroom at some point. Check the running water before you unload your stuff.
3.) The ending. I won’t spoil it, but the ending was so far off from the rest of movie that I can’t even describe how disappointed I was. It seemed like the writers weren’t really sure how to tie the story together, so they just decided to use ideas that they THOUGHT would work, but really didn’t.
Spiderhole had the promise to be a scary horror film. The premise is great, but instead it turned out to be a rip off of Hostel meeting Saw, but not nearly as good. It was like the creators saw the success of these film franchises and thought they would try to combine them. Turns out, it doesn’t work.
I would like to see Spiderhole with a different ending and an overall different motive for the horror. I feel that it had the potential to be a great horror film, but needed to have some kinks worked out.
Spiderhole is currently playing in select theaters and is also available on demand from IFC Midnight, via Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Time Warner, and Bright House.
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