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56 out of 81 people found the following review useful:
The main problem with this is that it is a Finnish film (for Finns at least), 11 February 2008
Author: flamewall from Finland
I got to say that i went to see this movie with low expectations. I
didn't believe that a Lordi movie could be good because i actually
couldn't imagine it as a whole. Though, after i saw the movie i was
amazed at how well the writers and the director pulled it off.
It is often said that horror is the most delicate type of movie because there is only a slight difference between scary and ridiculous. but this doesn't concern Dark Floors because it is not (atleast in my mind) a full blooded horror movie. The movie has many horror elements but doesn't still come off as horrorish. That doesn't make it bad it just means that you can't go in to the theater wishing that you will be scared out of your nickers.
The visual and audio feel of the movie was excellent all the way and there is nothing anyone can say about that. The plot did leave a annoying amount of plot holes and the ending didn't really clear any of them up and the viewer was just left to quess what the plot was all about. Still it didn't bother half as much as the under use of the Lordi band members. I have never liked Lordi and never listened to them but while watching this movie i became interested in the different monsters they play. Sadly, the plot did hardly nothing at all to use the unique backgrounds and looks of the different ghoul part from the different superpowers they all demonstrated. What i am saying is that i would have liked this movie to be more about the monsters than the victims... really who gave a goddamn thing for what happened to the all knowing copper or the businessman type. The only character i got even a bit curious was the weird hobo with superpowers and a weird telepathic relationship with the girl but he is never explained in any way(a big mistake).
In retrospect i think they could have done a lot more better but i also think that there is a lot of good in this film also and i hope it will be a success financially. There is just one thing Finns can't tolerate: a successful Finnish movie if it is not a drama.
61 out of 92 people found the following review useful:
Finland: Three points. La Finlande: Trois Points, 4 April 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
Lordi was a major hype and revelation in 2007 because they won the Eurovision Song Contest with a (not-so-heavy) metal song called "Hard Rock Hallelujah" and appeared on stage dressed like hideous monsters. But, let's face it, their victory most likely had very little to do with their great musical talents. The Eurovision contest gradually turned into one big political circus over the years and Lordi probably just won because their song finally brought a little change and even more importantly - because their whole act sort of ingeniously spoofed the whole annual event. The absolute last thing Lordi's first (and hopefully last) horror film brings is change and ingenuity. "Dark Floors", based on an idea of the lead singer and starring the rest of the band in supportive roles, is a truly unimaginative and hopeless accumulation of clichés. The immense budget ("Dark Floors" supposedly is the most expensive Finnish film ever) definitely assures greatly macabre set pieces and impressive make-up art, but what's the point where there's no story that is worth telling? The film takes is set in a busy hospital where a bunch of people, among them a father and his young daughter with an unidentifiable illness, become trapped in the elevator during a power breakdown. When the doors open again, the floors are empty and it looks as if the hospital lies abandoned since many years already. Trying to reach the exit, the group stumbles upon several morbid and inexplicable obstacles, like eyeless corpses, screaming ghosts and Heavy Metal monsters emerging from the floors. The only three points I'm handing out to "Dark Floors" are exclusively intended for the scenery and the adequate tension building during the first half of the film. For as long as the sinister events don't require an explanation, the atmosphere is quite creepy, but as soon as you realize the explanation will a) be very stupid or b) never come, the wholesome just collapses like an unstable house of cards. Lordi's costumes never really were scary to begin with (except maybe to traditional Eurovision fans) and, in combination with a story more reminiscent to Asian ghost-horror, they just look downright pathetic and misfit. With all the national myths and truly unique exterior filming locations, I personally always presumed Finland The Land of a Thousand Lakes would be the ideal breeding ground for potentially horrific horror tales, but I guess that's another disillusion on my account.
73 out of 121 people found the following review useful:
Disappointment, 6 February 2008
Author: Van_Hitvonder from Finland
What do you call a horror story without horror and story?
This is the most irritating thing about the film: I get the feeling the writers never really decided what's actually going on in the film! It's a different thing to know it, give hints for the audience and not completely reveal it, but here, you get the feeling the screenwriters don't know it, characters in the film do not know it and audience sees that no one knows! (Remember "Cube"? Even that film knew more about itself.)
I've consumed a lot of 80's horror / gore films and this movie certainly has its roots deep in those films. But a lot of important things are missing. We really know nothing about the characters. They keep repeating empty lines over and over again. The story isn't really developing - it never goes anywhere. B-acting is OK in this type of horror films, but there's not much to act in the script. We don't care about the characters. There's nothing to remember about them. There's not even cheesy humor or unnecessary sex. And most importantly - no thrills, no chills.
You only get some commonly used elements of the horror film genre. They show the Lordi monsters one by one but their characters don't really contribute anything for the story.
I honestly believe that this amount of story, character development and atmosphere could be achieved with minimal amount of crew and equipment. Oh yeah, film makers used to do that - and more - some 20 years ago! I felt the shared embarrassment of the audience as the film ended. Too bad really.
28 out of 41 people found the following review useful:
I saw the movie today, 31 January 2008
Author: kenu-1 from Finland
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I saw the movie today at some kind of prescreening, I suppose. My
friend got some tickets for free and I wasn't going to pass.
I'm going to try not to go into too much detail. However, if you're planning on seeing the movie, I'd advice you to watch it first. Here are a few thoughts: Visually I really liked the movie: Good camera angles, cool lightning and nice effects. Audio was good too, I thought.
The story was pretty interesting and I didn't find it boring at any point. I think the introduction part of the movie could've been longer, as we now almost instantly get thrown into the action. I'm sure many disagree with this, but personally I thought the movie could've been a little longer and thereby a little slower paced at times.
I have to admit I don't think I entirely understood the film and its ending, which left me a little confused. Some story related things in the film were really cool, like the time stopping and the people shooting at themselves. At this point I was expecting a little more of the movie and where it was heading and I was slightly disappointed in the end.
The biggest problem for me, watching the movie, was that the monsters are indeed the members of Lordi, and no matter how good they look, I can't really be scared of them, since I'm familiar with them. Not only that, but also I found it a little weird how monsters that different from each other kept randomly showing up. I think it would've been a cooler movie (or a few) to only have one or two of these characters in a movie. I especially enjoyed Ox; he looked really bad ass. Omen was also cool. No offense, Mr Lordi, but with him being the "big boss" at the end, I can't say I was impressed. The other characters looked pretty sweet, but him I found least scary. Of course this might be because I've seen him the most.
I can't say for sure if I would've found the movie more scary if I didn't know the characters, but I definitely think so.
The actors did a good job, I thought. No complaints there, I bought it.
Overall, I did not expect too much of the movie. I saw a short trailer once (I try to avoid trailers and reading too much up front to give me a totally fresh nothing-knowing movie experience) and it was pretty cool, though I was afraid the characters might screw it up.
I thought it was really stylish and the story had lots of potential. Maybe I'll understand it entirely some day when you guys comment on it. I will say, though, that I'm seeing too many horror movies concentrated on children and their drawings. :) I feel like I forgot to comment on something, but I guess I'll just stop here. I'll try to answer possible questions you may have.
30 out of 49 people found the following review useful:
Weak horror attempt by an embarrassing rock band, 4 July 2008
Author: kidsmoke-2 from Sweden
Just finished watching, can't say I was impressed.
It starts of quite good, the visual and the atmosphere gives a creepy feeling as this type of movie should. But it all ends when the first lordi monster appears. Not only do you recognize them from the band lordi, but they are seriously malplaced in the movie. Doomsday monsters with leather jackets and piercings are so 80's.
As for the storyline, it starts of as similar horror movies, people trapped inside a hell hole. But there is no clear story on why and what is happening. The viewer is thrown some lines on possible reasons, but the lines never meet and end up to anything but a mess.
With all the money spent on this film, with an intriguing start and some good effects, I had thought someone would have taken better care of the product. I wonder if lordi made this movie just to prove that their show costumes could be scary (except they aren't).
So the movie gets cred for the visuals, i guess the money had to go somewhere. But the rest is an embarrassing attempt from a rock band to make their on-stage monster aliases scarier.
13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Wha? Huh?, 24 March 2009
Author: scarletheels from Colorado
I love cheesy horror flicks. I don't care if the acting is sub-par or
whether the monsters look corny. I liked this movie except for the
bewildered feeling all the way from the beginning of the film to the
very end. Look, I don't need a 10 page dissertation or a sign with big
letters explaining a plot to me. But Dark Floors takes the "what is
this movie about?" thing to a whole new (annoying) level. What IS this
This isn't exceptionally scary or thrilling but if you have an hour and a half to kill and/or you want to end up feeling frustrated and confused, rent this winner.
18 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
A Bizarre and Weird Trip to a Disturbed Mind, 17 October 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
While in the hospital for a tomography of the brain of his autistic
daughter Sarah (Skye Bennett), Ben (Noah Huntley) becomes upset when
there is a power failure. He decides to leave the hospital with Sarah,
while the nurse Emily (Dominique McElligott) tries to convince him to
leave Sarah for further treatment. They get the elevator with three
other passengers, and suddenly the elevator stops; when the door opens,
people has vanished from the hospital, the environment is creepy and
they are chased by devilish monsters. They find that they are trapped
in the hospital, and the creatures seem to be hunting Sarah.
"Dark Floors" is a bizarre and weird trip to a disturbed mind of an autistic girl. The dark story is intriguing and has a promising beginning, but the conclusion is disappointing. The performance of Skye Bennett, the eerie atmosphere and the special effects are the plus of this movie; Emily is a nice character well performed by Dominique McElligott; however, it is impossible to feel any empathy for the lead and important character performed by Noah Huntley. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Alma Diabólica" ("Devilish Soul")
13 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Unexpectedly good movie, 24 June 2008
Author: Daemon7 from Romania
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I don't know if the Lordi monsters are part of some Finnish legend, if so then the movie would make more sense if I actually knew the legend. For me, Lordi is just the name of an unpleasant rock formation, whose members dress stupid, and that won the Eurovision contest without actually deserving it. So each time the monsters showed on screen , my brain was automatically making the connection with a rock star with a lot of make-up on. And on second thought , who on earth gets scared nowadays by a stupid screaming ghost or a ghoul with too many teeth... Luckily for this movie , the monster apparitions are pretty rare, and leave room for the rest of the things that make the movie actually good. Exquisite dark atmosphere reminding of Silent Hill, creepy deserted hospital, halls with bodies laying around (but not too bloody), lurking shadows, all these keep you wandering what's going to happen next. The creepy little girl with long dark hair adds some spice on several occasions (The Ring surly influenced a lot of movies...), and the time-space distortions(reminding me of Hypercube) are like topping on an ice-cream. You don't actually need more of a background story , it's the atmosphere and the suspense that drive the movie, and the ending , while not giving any explanation, it delivers the needed comfort. No ending in the "to be continued" style ,like 90% of today's horrors, no useless gore with some psycho killer chopping body parts from stupid teenagers, just one good fantasy horror/thriller. The only thing that messes the movie it's the Lordi , and if they would have created better monsers(13 Ghosts would be an example), with no rock band connection , this movie would have been much more appreciated.
12 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Pretty good... not Hollywood horror trash, 22 December 2008
Author: Robb MacGregor from United States
This movie has been sitting around for months now waiting for me to
watch it. I finally did, and I have to say I am very pleased. It is
definitely reminiscent of, and rivals, Silent Hill. However a lot of
people seem to have some stupid reasons for not liking this movie.
Honestly: the CGI and costumes were not bad (think 'Big Trouble in
Little China' but better), the acting is classic A-Movie horror
(Poltergeist), "gore" is not the focus of the movie, but is used
effectively, and the story, while understandably a bit confusing, had
good pacing and impact.
Now, I'm not ashamed to say, I like b-movies... a lot. But I've still been let down by recent Hollywood horror films. I'll take this over one of those lame Saw sequels any day.
12 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
has no story, but that, is what makes the movie great., 8 July 2008
Author: under-st from Finland
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The idea in the movie is (as i see it) a continuous loop, where you
can't escape from except by dying, when the story begins from the
start, again and again. In the movie a bunch of people (the father and
the autistic girl too) enters an elevator. While in it, there comes a
power cut in all sudden. When the elevator's doors opens, they will
enter a whole different time dimension, where the time has jumped for
many years forwards, but doesn't go any further. While in the movie
they find many signs from their selves, on another time dimension. Once
the father finds a some kind of wormhole where he can enter and see the
world it is in the reality, but still isn't the real thing. He can see
the reality, but not touch. In the end of the movie, when everyone but
the girl has died, it starts from the beginning, with just small
difference. And that's what makes the movie good. If there would be a
story, there wouldn't be as good movie. The movie's creepy parts aren't
on the monsters, it's what they have left behind.
The substance of this movie would be desperation and misery.
i would recommend this movie for those, who understand horror movies, not for those, who watch them in hope of fun and a happy ever after -endings.
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