Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Plague Town (2008)

A family's idyllic vacation turns into a terrifying nightmare when their last bus home leaves them stranded in the Irish countryside. They soon discover that they are not alone when a group of deformed children begin stalking them through the woods. PLAGUE TOWN is bogged down by weak dialog and robotic performances that make the first half of the film a difficult watch. Things pick up immediately once the children set in on their victims and the family stops talking and starts running. It makes up for its many difficulties with an increasing sense of dread, moody atmospherics, and an ample amount of gore. The dimly lit forest setting and fog-laden sets call back to the supernatural 60s and 70s, bringing to mind films like LEMORA and LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH. Most horrifying of all are the children's twisted make-up designs that resemble fiendish porcelain dolls. David Gregory's first feature film provides plenty of disturbing imagery and haunting sound effects, but unfortunately his skills as a director do not carry over into his writing.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked PLAGUE TOWN, check out:
THE OFFSPRING, THE GRAPES OF DEATH, LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL.

5 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this one- although the beginning is much weaker than the second half, as you said. I was genuinely creeped out by the design of the children! My friend and I initially picked it up because she went to school with the lead actress and we had low expectations when we watched it, but ended up pleasantly surprised! It definitely has it's weaknesses, but I'd be interested to see what else the director has up his sleeve. Maybe his writing will improve with subsequent films.

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  2. This is actually the second time I have seen the film, although it is pretty poorly drawn, the visuals really are creepy and disturbing. Totally worth the watch for the unsettling mood and messed up gore!

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  3. Great. Now I cannot decide whether to bump this up or kick this one off of my cue. Instead I'll probably just let it rot at the bottom...

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  4. I say get it out of the way now, otherwise it will just itch at your brain for years to come, always watching, always waiting...

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