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Behind the Wall (2008)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 30 August 2008 (Spain)
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Maine coastal town Harrison Bay is broke, so deputy mayor Drew Cabot arranges a deal with a contractor to develop the abandoned lighthouse for tourism. Father Hendry fails to convince the ... See full summary »

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Paul Schneider

Writers:

Micheal Bafaro (as Michael Bafaro), Anna Singer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindy Booth ... Katelyn Parks
Lawrence Dane ... Father Hendry
James Thomas ... Drew Cabot
Andy Jones Andy Jones ... Ray Sanders
Brad Hodder Brad Hodder ... Eric Carrinton
Suzie Pollard ... Monica
Jody Richardson Jody Richardson ... Triggs Herman
Julia Kennedy Julia Kennedy ... 8 year old Katelyn
Mike Daly Mike Daly ... Christopher Parks
Danny McLeod Danny McLeod ... Leon Ferguson
Ruth Lawrence Ruth Lawrence ... Elaine
Paul Rowe Paul Rowe ... Police Officer
Geraldine Hollett Geraldine Hollett ... Tessa
Sean Panting Sean Panting ... Local
Donnie Coady Donnie Coady ... Ridley Parks
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Storyline

Maine coastal town Harrison Bay is broke, so deputy mayor Drew Cabot arranges a deal with a contractor to develop the abandoned lighthouse for tourism. Father Hendry fails to convince the town council to veto the project. He also invited, sneakily, Katelyn Parks, who was foster-raised out of state after her father Christopher was locked-up for her mother's murder there. Once the basement is broken open, new bloodshed starts, and the horrible truth about the past is slowly unveiled. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and brief sexuality

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wall See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This movie fails because the plot violates the fundamental rule of story telling.
30 January 2016 | by ghamiltonsqSee all my reviews

When telling a story, the focus of the plot should never shift from one genre to another. For example, a romance should never morph into a mystery. A whodunit should never morph into a tale of the supernatural. A comedy should never depict an incidence of death or maiming so intense that the audience perceives it to be real. To shift from one genre to another in mid-story jars the audience, causes confusion, and shakes them from their temporary reverie. They are transported back to the real world and the story dies because they can no longer participate in the fictional construct.

"Behind the Wall" is an unsatisfying story because if violates this fundamental tenet. It begins as a horror tale (bloody death of the wife/mother by an unknown force) and a warning not to venture into the basement, then morphs into a ghost story (death was the act of a ghost as opposed to a living monster, human or otherwise), morphs again into the totally unreal (characters go missing, dead bodies appear and disappear - something beyond the ability of even a ghost), then transitions yet again into the tale of an unsettled ghost that can only be pacified by the death of his living betrayer. To further weaken the plot, a priest gives a dire warning but offers zero rationale, and a budding romance is introduced which changes our focus from horror/ghost story to "will boy and girl get together?".

No movie can survive this uneven level of fictional reality regardless of its production quality or acting talent.

The actors in "Behind the Wall" are believable. The story is not.


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