Thursday, December 18, 2014

Barricade (2012)

Starring: Eric McCormack, Conner Dwelly, and Ryan Grantham

Homicidal Maniac: The Flu (fine Madness too)

Run time: 1:22:00

Quick Synopsis: A year after the death of his wife, a father takes his children to the cabin that the wife always wanted to go to.  

This movie felt like it was written by an intelligent middle school student.  If you have ever seen a story written by such a student you will understand what I am talking about.  There are some decent scenes, reminiscent of famous scenes from other horror movies of course, and the movie tries to have a decent twist.  However, inexperience leads to the story becoming a mangled mess that will confuse most and forces the movie to fall flat.  
In addition, to the poorly structured story, Barricade relies way too much on jump scares, a trait that is extremely common in PG-13 horror.  After going on this adventure through the story there really is very little payoff and the ending is fairly anticlimactic.  Not everything is a bad as I may be describing here and there are some positives to take away from the film.  Although given an unimpressive script, the acting was good and all three main characters tried to their best to make something interesting.  Also, there is some solid build-up in the beginning of the film.  And I guess if you are willing to use you imagination you can come to a conclusion that will be satisfying, but these answers you come up with will be with little help from the actual movie.  Barricade is a poorly structured awful horror movie.

Fun Fact:  The director of Barricade, Andrew Currie, also directed Fido (2006).

Hidden Gem:  Beware of taking drugs and drinking while you have the flu.  This can cause some crazy stuff.

Total Kill Count: 1
Leah- Jody Thompson (1:03:00) Slips and Hits Head off Counter Gore Rating: 5

             Horror Film: 5
             Entertainment: 5
             Suspense: 4
             Overall: 4.75