metalbeast’s review published on Letterboxd:
I wanted to like this film so much. Dog Soldiers & The Descent are among my favourite horror films, and I regularly re-watch them.
Sadly, this movie - while beautifully staged & shot - is a mess. The overall story is ok, but it stumbles in so many ways, and things that seem important are either left unresolved, or just teased without having any effect on the outcome and seem to serve as mere padding.
In one scene particularly (involving the rack), the suspension of disbelief required to accept what happened is just not possible and the movie stopped making sense.
The trailer left me genuinely excited - the movie left me bored & frustrated. The actors do a good job, the sets & effects are very high quality, the movie is shot nicely, the main villain is suitably scary and the premise was interesting.
But none of these elements can save the lacklustre script. So very disappointed.
Come on Neil, you can do better than this.