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In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop suddenly in the middle of the tunnel. As those around her are brutally murdered, Karen and a handful of survivors must face supernatural forces, homicidal religious cult members, as well as their own fears and suspicions of Armageddon, in order to survive. Written by
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Much like Jesus, this film is just alright with me
And I thought the Mormon missionaries were relentless! This movie takes place at night on a subway train where a crazed religious cult has decided that it's the "end of days" and starts killing everyone with crucifix daggers to "save their souls". It ends up being kind of a claustrophobic "Night of The Living Dead" knock-off, and quickly begs the question of why there would be so many members in a fringe cult group, and why they would waste so much time going after a handful of passengers on late night subway car. There is an interesting twist at the end based on strange and truly terrifying visions the heroine has been having, but they kind of fumble it.
This movie is definitely effective in places, but it suffers the typical problems of modern day horror movies. There is not enough character development before the killing,for instance, to make you care much for any of the characters, and the movie often tries to be shocking and outrageous simply for the sake of being shocking and outrageous. There's one pretty tasteless scene that does the Sharon Tate murder one better (and I don't mean the Tate murders, I mean the actual murder of Tate herself). On the other hand, there is some pretty clever black comedy like the way the cult members mindlessly chant, "God loves you," as they stab people to death (as the Manson Family reportedly did). And the filmmakers seem pretty horror literate, paying homage not only to classics like "Night of the Living Dead", but also much more obscure films like "Who Can Kill a Child?". But much like Jesus, this film is just alright with me.
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