5 out of 10
Release Date: 1st August 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Eugene McGing
Cast: Lachlan Nieboer, Lisa Kerr, Nick Julian, Kitty McGeever and Robert Daws
Writer: Eugene McGing
Trailer: THE UNFOLDING
This low-budget poltergeist movie is the perfect choice for those looking for yet another ‘found-footage’ horror. Or is it? A lot of the footage was certainly shot on a hand-held by characters within the narrative, but as the story also seems to be occurring at the end of the world, who is been left around to edit it? Squirrels?
A precariously happy couple venture to a haunted house on Dartmoor to investigate some supernatural occurences at a remote country pile. The boy, (LACHLAN NIEBOER – IDENTICALS) seems to think that its important to capture a ghost on film before the world blows up (or something). His girl, (LISA KERR) is also psychic and highly strung like most girls in films about haunted houses. Things go bump in the night, knifes get thrown, a voice in the cupboard and icy pipes kick proceedings off, so the couple reluctantly stick around to find out more. Seeing as they’ve come all this way, they may not have enough time to drive all the way home. Several people pop in to help like Robert Daws (OUTSIDE EDGE) as an ineffectual professor of the supernatural. There’s a dinner lady, sorry a medium and a disposable best friend. It’s all pretty straight-faced and reasonaly well-accomplished within it’s limited area.
Is it scary? Yes, at times. It’s rather good at building suspense, but the results and outcomes are regularly disappointing and lead nowhere. An invisible garden seems to hint at the girlfriend’s ability to time travel but the idea is dropped almost as soon as its picked up. The end of the world hook isn’t great either because it doesn’t fit the central story. Why prove ghosts exist when the world is at an end? Why not? But its a clunky match.
The Unfolding is solid if you are particularly undemanding and make a habit of watching this kind of film. It offers the odd surprise but nothing incredible so that you’d recommend it to your friends. Very middle of the road.
5 out of 10 – Well acted by a committed cast, it’s periodically scary but overall it’s business as usual for this over-familiar found-footager.
Review by Matt Usher below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Lachlan Nieboer: Trendy, Identicals, Suspension of Disbelief, Into The White
- Kitty McGeever: Emmerdale (TV), B-Monkey
- Robert Daws: Poldark (TV), Casualty (TV), The Royal (TV), Coronation Street (TV), Roger Roger (TV), Outside Edge (TV), Jeeves & Wooster (TV)