3 out of 10
Release Date: 23rd May 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Edward Evers-Swindell
Cast: Siwan Morris, Joanna Ignaczewska, Gareth David-Lloyd, Cinzia Monreale, Duncan Pow with Eleanor Gecks and James Cosmo
Writer: Edward Evers-Swindell
Trailer: DARK SIGNAL
Here’s a weird one. A ghost story cum serial killer horror-comedy from Wales that starts and sputters like an old engine. Some aspects really work and others barely wing it. On the final evening before a Welsh radio station closes down for good, the programmers think it’s a great idea to get a medium on the show to conduct a seance. A bit daft really considering the police are searching for a serial killer who loves collecting girls’ fingers. Also elsewhere in the neighbourhood, the radio stations number one fan, a Polish bad actor Joanna Ignaczewska is helping her boyfriend rob a house. Only thing is a ghost intervenes. The medium also manages to contact said ghost but will the scooby doo gang and the Polish burglar solve the killer riddle.
The bits with the burglar in are slow and badly acted, the radio station bits and associated scenes before all three strands combine are relatively good fun, but then it goes a bit uneven. The resulting film is like it’s been made by two directors or more. It’s occasionally scary, then a similar scene botches the same set-up. The twist is pretty good and I liked it. It’s been used in Saw (if you liked those films) but it’s nice to see a new twist on an uncommon but already used twist.
James Cosmo (BREAKDOWN (2016)) must be the busiest and oldest actor in low-budget land at the moment and he usually makes a difference but his role here is forgettable and throw away. Which is a shame. Elsewhere Siwan Morris (WOLFBLOOD), Gareth David-Lloyd (TORCHWOOD) and Cinzia Monreale (FRANKENSTEIN 2000) (all unknown to me) have a good chemistry and the script is nicely and wittily written and spooky where it counts. I’m sure they were unaware of how shit the rest of the film turned out to be. Some decent special-effects involving somebody on fire are better than the floaty ghosts of girls.
So whilst it could have been better, at least it’s borrowed a few good ideas, including The Fog, its mostly watchable. There are many worse Welsh horrors out there and this is far from the worst – so read that in the spirit you find it.
3 out of 10
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Siwan Morris: Wolfblood (TV), Skins (TV)
- Gareth David-Lloyd: Torchwood (TV), Dr Who (TV)
- Cinzia Monreale: Frankenstein 2000, The Beyond, Beyond The Darkness
- Duncan Pow: Pegasus Bridge, The Chameleon, 24 (TV), Holby City (TV)
- Eleanor Gecks: Young Dracula (TV)
- James Cosmo: The Ten Bells, Eliminators, Whiskey Galore (2016), London Heist, Tomorrow (2016), Ben Hur (2016), Project 12 – The Bunker, Breakdown (2016), The Legend of Barney Thompson, Estranged, The Christmas Candle, We Still Kill The Old Way, Citadel, Hammer Of The Gods, Get Lucky, Game Of Thrones (TV), Outcast, Half Light, The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, Troy, The Four Feathers (2002), Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, The Match, Babe 2 (voice), Emma (1996), Trainspotting, Braveheart, Stormy Monday, Highlander