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I've been a sucker for anthology movies since the Amicus horrors of the
60s and 70s (sadly I'm old enough to have seen Tales From The Crypt and
Asylum on 'the big screen'), so the synopsis of a little movie called
Locker 13 greatly appealed to me.
This is so nearly a great film of its type. All the stories are gripping, the wraparound included. Good dialogue and solid acting from some recognisable faces.
Unfortunately, short stories for me also need a satisfying payoff. And this is where Locker 13 falls down. After interesting build-ups, most of them left me thinking, "is that it?"
One memorable ending would have earned it a 7, but just a 6 for me. Certainly worth watching though.
I have always been a fan of horror anthologies, whether they be in comic book form (like those 1950s EC Comics) or in movie form. So it should come as no surprise that I've seen a LOT of horror anthologies. Which may explain why I had a big problem with "Locker 13". Since I have seen so many short horror tales with big twists at the end, in recent years I have found new horror anthologies to be very predictable. Of the five stories told in "Locker 13", I was able to more or less guess what "surprise" twist would happen on four of these stories. The one story that I wasn't able to predict the ending (a secret society new member initiation) had a ending that was disappointing in another manner, just petering out with NO surprise at all. While this movie isn't the worst horror anthology I have seen - it has some genuine merit, like good acting and fine production values for what was a pittance of a budget - if you are looking for neat twists and surprises, you better look elsewhere. Unless you've never seen a horror anthology before.
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A solid three story vignette with a twisted tale tying them all together that just doesn't quite work. This is a decent mid budget movie with a very good cast, and I Enjoyed a couple of the stories, the main story that ties it all together needed to be tighter though, it just isn't right, and for the first couple of scenes it just feels cheap, and awkward. You either get the time travel right or you do it this way. Even so I recommend this for the shorts themselves, the actors are more surprising than the twists, and the performances are not all canned, but some are really good. Mr. Ricky Schroder is the Champ now in his own right, and really gives a solid performance. I will tell you that you may really like the shorts, and so for anyone who likes movies that are about redemption, or retribution, and have a yearning for nostalgic times, and stories lifted from The Twilight Zone or Outer Limits you will get something out of this. You won't get anything really new here, but they have done a decent job with what is at hand, and the actors are all really committed, (though some commit with more talent than others) I say give it a try. A bit of blood, but nothing to scare off the weak, or the meek
Forgive me IMDb but I must say this.User reviews and ratings on this site are many times quite misleading.Still I having been coming here for years.Sometimes I come across awful movies with great rating and vice verse.This is an example of the latter.Although the ratings haven't even reached 5 points, This is an excellent production.Great combinations of stories with solid acting from everyone,and with a message, or messages..this reminds me of twilight zone albeit modernised.loved every bit of it.And I am a tough customer when it comes to films.A great great find.So good it deserves a first post from me :)
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This film starts off wonderfully with a beautiful interaction between
Archie (Jon Gries) and Skip (Jason Spisak). In fact, every single scene
involving Archie (Jon Gries), I found to be mesmerizing and very well
acted. It seemed like such a perfect setup for a psychological
thriller... And then the Roof caved in.
Through a series of vignettes, Archie attempts to explain to Skip the consequences of the decisions that people make in life, all centering around a Locker, Number 13, which is present in some form in every single one of the short stories.
But, the stories Archie is telling Skip just never quite tie in with the situation with which Skip ends up facing at "Locker 13". The Metaphor is never completed, and we're all just left wondering... "Huh?????"
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