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The scientist Susan Carter is researching the rehabilitation of addicts using an experimental drug in her rehab center. After her death, her idle son Brian Carter is forced by his friend Simon to travel to the property that he had inherited. Brian and Simon travel with five other friends to the spot and they find that the center is actually an ancient monastery and they have to spend the night. Sooner they are murdered, one by one, by creepy creatures that live in the place. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
After inheriting a decrepit hospital from his mother, a man and his friends decide to investigate the area only to find it inhabited by the ghosts of her former patients and must try to get out alive.
This is a decidedly decent enough offering that does manage to overcome it's few problems. One of the biggest issues is the fact that there's never any getting around the fact that it's all-too-familiar and plays out quite much like the dozen other films that employ similar elements. The dark family secret, the isolated house, the group of friends visiting that are going to decide what to do with the rest of the property, it all feels too similar and reminds of other films quite readily, often-times making it seem like this one isn't necessarily all that important to get through. This is certainly compounded by the fact that the film's central plot comes undone by a character's speech to one of the victims whereupon the whole plot becomes unraveled and renders the entire film a moot point by doing so, forcing itself to correct this with an incredibly lame and convoluted excuse to try to save face when it really doesn't have any other choice here. That is certainly one of the biggest flaws a film can have, where a character ends up revealing a crucial plot-point that effectively renders the purpose of the entire film null and void, and it's not all that often a film can overcome that. Luckily, it does try with a truly wonderful and wholly creepy setting here that really does effectively capture the decrepit hospital look quite well with the dark, endless corridors, secret underground tunnels and blocked-off passages which give off a really unnerving feeling that entering it isn't the wisest decision in the world. That makes the ghost attacks quite chilling when they occur, with plenty of leaping out from behind doorways and walls, standing behind them unseen, blocking off escape routes or tackling someone and dragging them off-camera among others found here, so this tends to accentuate the creepy feeling of the building quite well. This also happens to give it a much bigger sense of action in the latter half so it seems quite thrilling at the right moments with he build-up to the finale, weak as it might be, but it does do enough to make it watchable if not extraordinary.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.
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