9 out of 10
Release Date: 2nd May 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Oliver Frampton
Cast: Shaun Dingwall, Clem Tibber, Elarica Johnson, James Doherty, Jennifer Matter, Paul Marlon and Lyndsey Marshal
Writer: Oliver Frampton & Ian Hall
Trailer:THE FORGOTTEN (2016)
Here’s a potent chiller of the kind that comes along all too rarely. The Forgotten (2016) is a brilliant twist on the ‘things that go bump in the night’ breed of haunted house movie. This excels at building an atmosphere of unease and fear, and thankfully it maintains the fright level right up until it’s ending, which left me distraught.
The less said about the plot the better, and even watching the trailer will reveal some juicy bits. So if like me you went in cold, The Forgotten could become your favourite supernatural film of the decade. Yes, it has that much power.
Tommy (CLEM TIBBER – CHROMOPHOBIA) and his father Mark (SHAUN DINGWALL – HUSH) squat in a derelict high rise flat on a London estate due for demolition. All the flats are boarded up to stop squatters breaking in. So what’s making that ungodly racket in the next flat in the dead of night. What does it all mean?
That’s all I’m giving you, but what I can say is that the film is a success largely due to an excellent young cast – Elrica Johnson (AFTERDEATH) as Tommy’s friend Carmen is particularly good. The location and score are ‘a-class’ as well.
It’s almost perfect but the one element that discounts it is one I can’t discuss without revealing a rather large plot point. All the same watch this, pass it on to your friends and tell them that this is the very best in lower-budget UK cinema at the moment. Something this good at this level comes along once in a blue moon.
9 out of 10 – I urge you to see this sad supernatural drama, boosted by amazing performances from the young leads. Seek it out, before it finds you…
Another review below by Matt ‘The Forgetful’ Usher
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Shaun Dingwall: Scar Tissue, Summer In February, Above Suspicion 2 (TV), Above Suspicion (TV), Hush, Someone Else, Soldier Soldier (TV)
- Clem Tibber: Chromophobia
- Elarica Johnson: AfterDeath, My Brother The Devil, Top Boy (TV), Eastenders (TV)
- James Doherty: London Road, Inbred, Is Harry On The Boat (TV)
- Jennifer Matter: Stalker (2011), Dead Cert, Paintball
- Paul Marlon: Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, Essex Boys Retribution
- Lyndsey Marshal: In The Dark Half, Titanic (TV), Hereafter, The Hours, Festival