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Walled In -- A woman supervises the demolition of a haunted building


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19 June 2009 (Mexico) See more »
Some secrets are left buried.
A demolition company agent uncovers the horrifying secrets held within a building she's having razed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Gilles Paquet-Brenner 
Writing credits
Serge Brussolo (novel "Les Emmurés")

Rodolphe Tissot (written by) and
Olivier Volpi (written by) and
Sylvain White (written by) and
Gilles Paquet-Brenner (written by)

Produced by
Bader Alwazzan .... executive producer
Kevin DeWalt .... producer
Jean-Charles Levy .... producer (as Jean-Charles Lévy)
Nicolas Manuel .... associate producer
Stéphane Marsil .... producer
Michael Mihalke .... executive producer
Clément Miserez .... producer
Olivier Piasentin .... associate producer
Janine Stener .... executive producer
Dominique Séguin .... executive producer
Dieter Vollkammer .... executive producer
Ingo Vollkammer .... producer
Scott Einbinder .... executive producer (uncredited)
Philip Fier .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Greg Biribauer  (as Gregory Biribauer)
Cinematography by
Karim Hussain 
Film Editing by
Jackie Dzuba 
Casting by
Carmen Kotyk 
Production Design by
Bertrand Seitz 
Art Direction by
Sara McCudden 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Spakowski 
Costume Design by
Cathy McComb 
Makeup Department
Lisa Campbell .... first assistant hair stylist: second unit (as Lisa Campbell-Buteau)
Jennifer Forberg .... assistant makeup artist
Tracy George .... key makeup artist
Tamara Harrod .... key hair stylist
Amber Herbach .... assistant hair stylist
Kaitlyn Rae .... second assistant makeup artist
Emersen Ziffle .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Rhonda Baker .... production manager
Heather Malek .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenny Chaplin .... second assistant director
Sheree Fondeur .... third assistant director (as Sheree Betker)
Alfie Kiernan .... first assistant director
Rob W. King .... second unit director (as Rob King)
Danny Samchyk .... trainee assistant director
Terry Mialkowsky .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Mathilde Abraham .... first assistant art director
Josh Allen .... labourer
Dianne Anderson .... carpenter assistant
Leonard Ayotte .... carpenter foreman (as Leomard Ayotte)
Sylvain Buteau .... set dresser
Joel Cherry .... plasterer
Robin Cheston .... paint assistant
Dan Cooke .... set dresser
Norm Daschle .... property master
Johanna de Vries .... scenic artist (as Johanna Devries)
Marcelle Deschenes .... scenic artist
Keith Dobranski .... set dresser trainee
Dwain Dupley .... props assistant
Rylan Faul .... greens head
Gerry Filby .... carpenter
Justin Fisher .... set dresser (as Jastina Fisher)
Bruce Fountain .... carpenter
Kelli Friesen .... labourer
Julia Fullerton .... paint assistant
Sophie Grenier .... graphic designer
Kerry Hanley .... labourer
Michael Hardy .... labourer
Jim Harle .... carpenter
Carolyn Harris .... on-set dresser
Shannon Hayashi .... labourer
Steven Hearn .... labourer (as Steve Hearn)
Steven Hearn .... set dresser (as Steve Hearn)
Megan Hicke .... set dresser (as Meghan Hickie)
Bradley Horner .... set dresser
Les Hruszka .... labourer
Morgan Hughes .... key scenic painter
Troy Jessop .... scenic artist (as Troy Jessup)
Christopher Johnstone .... set dresser
Shawn Karkulowski .... carpenter
Brentyn Krekoski .... carpenter
Leigh Krekoski .... carpenter
Marianna Kyriakoulias .... art department coordinator
Richard Lambert .... carpenter
Raymond Larose .... set designer (as Raymond LaRose)
Jim Lindsay .... carpenter assistant
Jefferson Little .... scenic artist
Marc Loiselle .... carpenter
Sara Longfellow .... assistant set decorator
Daniel McKay .... scenic artist
Mélanie McNicoll .... head painter
Bryan McWhirter .... shop foreman
Will Moffatt .... scenic artist
Bob Nett .... lead scenic artist
Steve Pilon .... lead carpenter
Gerland Potvin .... scenic artist
Danny Scavuzzo .... construction coordinator
Dean Schatz .... carpenter
Brennan Schramm .... greens head
David Schultz .... carpenter
Stephan Schumann .... labourer
Tom Strelow .... set dresser
Lief Thorseth .... set dresser
Adrian Traquair .... lead set dresser
Les Turcotte .... scenic artist
Johann Wessels .... scenic artist
Johann Wessels .... storyboard artist
Mark Whitbread .... carpenter
Brent Williams .... carpenter assistant
Laura Wolfe .... set buyer
Adrienne Conley .... set designer (uncredited)
Mark Montague .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Kimberley Phaneuf .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mike Albers .... sound mixer: second unit
Hildy W. Bowen .... audio post-production coordinator (as Hildy Bowen)
Rob Bryanton .... audio post supervisor
Daniel Canfield .... boom operator trainee
Adam Ennis .... cableperson
Douglas Ganton .... production sound mixer
Jeff Hamon .... sound effects editor
Jeff Hamon .... sound re-recording mixer
Cal Harle .... foley artist
Steve Hasiak .... assistant dialogue editor
Steve Hasiak .... audio post supervisor
Roger Roscoe .... boom operator: second unit
Dane Roy .... sound trainee
Evan Rust .... dialogue editor
Evan Rust .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Seneshen .... sound mixer: second unit
Al Sherbin .... sound effects editor
Jeff Smulan .... foley editor
Jeff Smulan .... foley recordist
Warren St. Onge .... sound mixer: second unit
J. David Taylor .... foley artist (as David J. Taylor)
J. David Taylor .... foley editor (as David J. Taylor)
J. David Taylor .... foley recordist (as David J. Taylor)
Leon Wiegers .... boom operator
Jeff Hamon .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Compton .... special effects trainee
Ross Herne .... special effects second assistant
Paul Noël .... special effects supervisor
Joel Passmore .... special effects assistant
Kirk Storms .... special effects fabricator
Patrick Murphy .... special effects gaffer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brent Braaten .... visual effects intern
Stephen Brown .... dustbuster
Paul Dion .... visual effects co-supervisor
Colin Hubick .... visual effects co-supervisor
Ahmad Ismail .... digital opticals
Danielle Masters .... visual effects coordinator
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colourist
Trevor Pickard .... dustbuster
Alison Schouten .... dustbuster
Motassem Younes .... digital opticals
Brayden Klein .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Chad R. Stephens .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
T.J. Bews .... stunt coordinator
Chyanne Hodgson .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Chad Biesenthal .... grip
Mark Dobrescu .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mark Dobrescu .... director of photography: second unit
Allan Feildel .... still photographer (as Allan Fieldel)
Dean Frank .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Shawn Fulton .... rigging gaffer
Andrew Gordon .... gaffer
Matt Greenhough .... dolly grip
Michael Kowbel Harvey .... electric trainee
Michael Kowbel Harvey .... grip
Gord Hearn .... best boy grip
Steven Hearn .... grip (as Steve Hearn)
Rob Hillstead .... lamp operator
Todd Irving .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Aaron Jacobs .... grip
Gabe Kinistino .... lamp operator
Nick Lamb .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Kyle Mrazek .... lamp operator
Rob Parrell .... key grip
Michael Pavlovsky .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ryan Schmidt .... grip
Ryan Scott .... generator operator
Chuck Taylor .... camera trainee
Daniel Way .... best boy electric (as Dan Way)
John Rhode .... cinematographer: special effects (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karina Davis .... casting: Los Angeles
Trenna Keating .... casting: Saskatchewan
Kate Plantin .... casting: UK
Shauna Tocchet .... casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Myk Brazier .... costumer
Sonja Clifton-Remple .... costumer
Kerri La Londe .... costume set supervisor (as Kerri LaLonde)
Joanna Vollhoffer .... assistant costume designer
Diane Will .... truck costumer
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
JuliAnne Bonnett .... post-production coordinator: dailies
Jason Britski .... assistant: editor
Scott Cole .... dailies project manager
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate coordinator
Trevor Lewis .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Heather Malek .... first assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Sandy Parr .... colorist: dailies
Nick Paulozza .... imaging supervisor
Transportation Department
Gavin Dargin .... driver
Rachele Deagnon .... driver
Arnold Deis .... unit driver
Anthony Demorest .... unit driver
Leroy Demorest .... driver
Wesley Erickson .... unit driver
Gerry Frei .... unit driver
Ken Frei .... unit driver
Gary Gables .... unit driver
Herbert Harrison .... unit driver
Al Hildebrand .... unit driver (as Allen Hildebrand)
Kyle Huffman .... unit driver
Morley Johnson .... unit driver
Rod Johnson .... unit driver
Glen Kerr .... driver: honeywagon
Larry Klein .... unit driver
Lawrence Malawski .... unit driver
Alan Moffat .... unit driver (as Allan Moffat)
Sheldon Moffatt .... unit driver
J.R. Richards .... driver
Percy Richards .... unit driver
Sheila Richards .... transportation coordinator
Eric Scales .... unit driver
Arnold Schick .... unit driver
Danine Schlosser .... unit driver
Dion Schlosser .... unit driver
James Schlosser .... unit driver
Ryan Smiley .... transportation captain
Jim Wilson .... unit driver
Stacey Wolfe .... driver
Jeff Zaporzan .... driver (as Jeffrey Zaporzan)
Other crew
Travis Barzan .... craft service
Richelle Bourgoin .... unit publicist
Shelly Bowes-Cherry .... assistant production coordinator (as Shelly Bowes)
Jason Bryant .... stand-in
Cheryl Caza .... finance manager: Minds Eye Entertainment
Nigel Crook .... production accountant
Simon Edery .... executive consultant
Nicale Fiset .... sous chef
Kari Fonkalsrud .... first assistant accountant
Wanda Fraser .... assistant: Kevin DeWalt
David Geiss .... extras wrangler
Natasha Getz .... producer intern
Ingrid Guzmán .... second assistant accountant
Catherine Haines .... talent coordinator
Chyanne Hodgson .... wrangler assistant
Colin Hubick .... technical director: Minds Eye Entertainment
Glenda Huynink .... tutor
Flo Krisko .... animal wrangler
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay .... craft service
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay .... first aid
Tricia Martin .... publicity assistant
Karen McDonald .... wrangler assistant
Mark Montague .... publicist
Sharai Mustatia .... craft service
Melanie Nicklas .... trainee production coordinator
Tiffany Palmer .... script supervisor trainee
Janice Petersen .... accountant: Minds Eye Entertainment
Jeffrey Quinn .... accountant: Minds Eye Entertainment
Elaine Schaeffer .... production secretary: Minds Eye Entertainment
Ryan Schmidt .... locations production assistant
Shane B. Scott .... script supervisor (as Shane Scott)
Pam Simons .... production coordinator
William B. Smith .... production assistant (as Will Smith)
Jillian Walchuck .... stand-in (as Jillian Walchuk)
Patricia J.F. Warsaba .... legal services (as Patricia Warsaba)
Leigh White .... kitchen team
Moneca Wollis .... assistant: Kevin DeWalt (as Moneca Wallis)
Claude Forest .... insurance broker (uncredited)
Jennifer Gay .... translator (uncredited)
Kalin Jensen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dana Lesiuk .... script supervisor (segments) (uncredited)
Terry Mialkowsky .... location manager (uncredited)
Nathan Mosewich .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Nathan Mosewich .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violence
Argentina:91 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Although a double was employed to run through everything beforehand and make sure it was safe, Mischa Barton performed all of her own stunts.See more »
Continuity: When Jimmy and Mary are talking in their kitchen he is facing the camera and passes her the can opener. The camera shows a closeup of Jimmy and he doesn't appear to move but when the view changes back to the two of them, he has turned to face Mary.See more »
Joseph Malestrazza:The Light House of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, destroyed. The Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, destroyed. The Seven Wonders of the World, demolished, burned. All except the Great Pyramids and my buildings. Because both the Egyptians and myself inured human beings in our foundations. All that counts as energy. The world found its light only through the birth pangs of agony and murder. Suffering is a journey to purity and death, and the midwife to eternal existence.See more »
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References Psycho (1960)See more »


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67 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Yeah, I felt a little walled in myself…, 24 February 2009
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Walled In is the kind of horror film that sets itself up in a bizarre location and then explains all kinds of bizarre rules to make the scariness work. The movie opens with a series of headlines that explain the terrible discovery of 16 bodies cemented into the walls of a building, including that of the architect who designed it. We learn that the person who walled them in, Joseph Malestrazza, was never caught, and then we cut to 15 years later, when the building is planned to be demolished.

Mischa Barton stars as Samantha, a young member of the demolition company family, perfectly named the Walczak's (the 'c' is silent). She recently graduated from engineering school and it becomes her first lone assignment to visit the building and supervise its demolition. It's a perfect set-up for a horror movie, I suppose, although as soon as we get to the building, the one where the 16 bodies were discovered, you remember, and learn that the wife and son of the murdered architect are still living there, the movie takes a pretty serious turn for the worse. I would think that if a man suffered the terrible fate of being murdered and cemented into the walls of a building, his wife would take it upon herself not to raise their son for his entire life in that building. But that's me.

Upon her arrival we meet the woman living there and her creepy son, who explains things to Samantha that the lights go off every six minutes to conserve energy, she shouldn't go to the 8th floor (that's Malestrazza's quarters, you see, and it's never cleaned), and whatever you do don't go on the roof! I would think that someone planning the demolition of a building would explain the logical deficiency of avoiding certain parts of it, but we understand that this is a horror movie and these goofy rules he's explaining are a set-up for freaky sequences that are to follow. There's also the issue of a few remaining people who lived in the building and who are not likely to appreciate Sam arriving to destroy it. The young boy also worries that Malestrazza will be offended by her plans.

I was reminded of the brilliant novel House of Leaves in a lot of things about the movie. Sam discovers enormous discrepancies between the blueprints and the actual measurements of the house, which in that book led to a fascinating and frightening series of events, but in the movie leads to the cheap and utterly witless third act. There is also a lot of throwbacks to Psycho in the relationship between the young boy and his mother in an isolated location. Sam even describes the building as being "like the Bates Motel, only bigger," and at one point the mother forbids her son to go near Sam, telling him that Sa could never take care of him the way she does. Creepy.

Ultimately we learn about an "ancient architectural belief" that provides the reason that Malestrazza killed people and walled them into his buildings (and also the reason why not one of the 27 buildings that Malestrazza built have ever been torn down). It gives the movie the feel of something with more thought in it that it actually has. I felt a little flicker of interest when this was revealed, but in retrospect it strikes me as little more than a screenwriters brainstorm.

I understand that Walled In is based on a novel, and I hope the novel is better than the movie. Books, especially horror books, are always better than the movie, ad if someone read the book and thought it was good enough to make into a film, it must have been better than this movie, because it has all the sign-posts of a weak horror film. It's full to the brim with cheap scares (notice the Screeching Cat Scare, which at least was made a little bit different but essentially is the same old thing, and my favorite, a scary rose scare. You have to see that one to believe it) and blatantly rips off a whole series of other horror movies. I'm curious what the movie would have looked like had director Gilles Paquet-Brenner never seen Psycho, Texas Chainsaw, and the Nightmare on Elm Street films. He even uses that "One, Two, Freddy's Coming For You" song several times. Real creative there, buddy.

I won't go into the details of the end of the film partly because I don't want to ruin it for you but mostly because it's so dumb that I don't want to bother spending my time explaining it. I will tell you one thing though. There's a particularly amusing scene where the boy accuses Samantha of thinking that he's nothing but a "crazy little boy." You gotta see this scene, man, it's hilarious. At the time that he says that to her, I won't tell you what he happens to be doing, but when you make a statement like that, it's generally not a good time to be acting like a crazy little boy.

What follows that scene is a third act that is not entirely without effect, but definitely one of the dumbest situations that I've seen in a horror movie in some years. It is so bizarre and makes so little sense that the movie almost becomes a mystery. Another mystery is why the thing got made in the first place, but sadly, after seeing the movie, I don't think I'm every going to be able to bring myself to read the book…

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