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The Task (2011)

 -  Horror  -  14 July 2011 (Russia)
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A group of unlucky reality show contestants must survive the night in a haunted jail.

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Something diabolical is taking place on the set of "The Task" a new reality show in which players complete terrifying missions within the confines of an abandoned prison hoping to win a hefty cash prize. As six young students explore their new environment, malicious spirits make their presence known in the most gruesome ways imaginable, Unable to escape the labyrinthine prison, the contestants become unwitting pawns caught at the centre of a blood-soaked night of terror. Written by Svetlio Svilenov

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When Connie goes to get Toni from the gas chamber to tell her she found out that she was being tricked. After Connie checks to see if Toni is breathing and realizes that she is dead, you can see that Toni is actually breathing heavily and rapidly. See more »

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Toni: I have the IQ of Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Put together.
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Solid Entertainment For Horror/Thriller Fans
10 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was compelled to watch 'The Task' from the DVD box art alone and I really enjoyed it. The premise feels familiar but it is not the total 'Saw' rip off you may be expecting. Approach it as the decent B-movie it is, the positives here by far outweigh the negatives.

A group of reality TV contestants are challenged to stay overnight in an abandoned prison, where they complete tasks for a cash prize. The disturbing history of the prison's past is revealed, which may have consequences even today... Soon enough, contestants and crew alike gradually become entwined in mysterious horrors as events start to get out of hand.

• The abandoned prison in which the story unfolds presents a suitably creepy setting, and the lighting is atmospheric throughout.

• There are some humorous touches to be found in a few character exchanges but they never feel forced or too contrived.

• On screen violence/gore is somewhat restrained. Also no gratuitous sex/nudity or relentless swearing either which is refreshing for a production of this nature.

• The reality TV show theme of the film allows for some "Interview footage" sequences which are shot against bright, sterile backdrops. These segments nicely juxtapose the grimy prison interior, creating a strong visual dynamic. Throw some monochrome CCTV footage into the mix and the film is compelling to look at.

• At around about the forty minutes mark my attention span had begun to wane slightly, although this was only for a few minutes. I think the pacing could have been tweaked just a bit in the first half.

• I have no idea what the music was like in this film, the soundtrack is not at all memorable.

• The acting here is acceptable, but not particularly great. The characters may seem like stereotypes at first but this is justified by a plot development towards the end of the film.

The Task is one of four After Dark Originals I have seen (The others being: Fertile Ground, Seconds Apart and 51) and it is my favourite by far. Overall, well worth picking up for a couple of quid. 7/10


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