This movie was released in New Zealand first on August 13, 2009, and it didn't get an American theatrical release for another year. See more »
The insects attacking Douglas in the bathroom are said and believed to be Hornets. However their appearance is black and they look more like flies. Hornets would really be brown-and-yellow striped, with an appearance more akin to that of a wasp. Hornets are a species of wasp. Black hornets ( a species of Asian Giant Hornets) do exist, but they grow to be at least two inches long give or take and would not be able to fly out of Doug's ears and nose. But since it's all a hallucination based on his own fears & childhood memories, they don't have to be realistic. See more »
It's a decent movie. I liked very much some cinematographic concepts cleverly used here to build solid tension, and mystery effect. We are used to very straight way of telling very straight stories, but sometimes it's good to move the camera off the basics a little (even if the story isn't very original), just to tell something more by the picture, than only what the picture depicts. Mr Bogdanski (DP) and Mr Alvart (DIR) have used some of those "tricks" carefully and wisely, gaining few disturbing shots which actually describe the feel of the whole movie. The story is simple, predictable, and has the "yep, I've seen this before" factor, but THOSE few (yes, only few) weird shots puts this movie slightly above the average. And there are Callum Keith Rennie, Kerry O'Malley and Ian McShane who work in the same business here with DP and Director - giving very intense and disturbing appearances in supporting, yet the movie tone establishing roles (especially Rennie not being too demonic). I'm glad that screenplay had provided them few very good sequences to play in.
But let's be frank - that's not enough to break the limits. We have to remember some major flaws: First - the movie is very predictable. Very. Second - Jodelle Ferland plays in a simple, cheap way, using far away easier acting methods, than her character needs. Third - a promise of originality made by DP and Director in the first part of the movie, is never kept because of the second half, where everything is put in WYSIWYG manner, known from shitty Hollywood.
Summing all up - You CAN watch it with a pizza and a beer, but hardly believable that you WILL manage without those. :)
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