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Worth watching for the atmosphere and Carolina Guerra
After a car crash a group of people take sanctuary in an old hotel, only to find a girl in a basement that is not all she seems.
Gallows Hill A.K.A The Damned is packed with atmosphere and wonderfully shot by Richard D'Ovidio. As a creepy tale in a large decrypted hotel it works well but as horror piece it falls short. Sophia Myles (when not possessed) is on fine form and Carolina Guerra is simply outstanding as Gina leaving her co-stars in her wake.
There's blood, shootings, twisted heads and fantastic settings but unfortunately the well trodden Exorcist and Evil Dead style demonic voices fail to give big scares. This offering is debatably not as strong as some atmospheric horrors Livid, REC, The Beckoning (2009), or The Orphanage to name a few.
That said, The Damned is still worth watching for its eerie ambiance created in the first half and Carolina Guerra performance.
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