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The Windmill (2016)

The Windmill Massacre (original title)
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Jennifer is an Australian girl on the run from her past who washes up in Amsterdam. In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, she joins a coach-load of tourists ... See full summary »

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Nick Jongerius
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Baladi ... Douglas West
Ben Batt ... Jackson
Charlotte Beaumont ... Jennifer Harris
Fiona Hampton ... Ruby Rousseau
Tanroh Ishida ... Takashi Kido
Bart Klever Bart Klever ... Abe
Kenan Raven Kenan Raven ... Miller Hendrik
Noah Taylor ... Nicholas Cooper
Adam Thomas Wright ... Curt West
Derek Howard Derek Howard ... Father Jennifer
Mattijn Hartemink Mattijn Hartemink ... Mister de Vries
Edo Brunner Edo Brunner ... Serge
Stijn Westenend Stijn Westenend ... Tourguide Museum
Liz Vergeer Liz Vergeer ... Anna de Vries
Ties Jaspers Ties Jaspers ... Bert De Vries
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Jennifer is an Australian girl on the run from her past who washes up in Amsterdam. In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, she joins a coach-load of tourists embarking on a tour of Holland's world famous windmills. When the bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, she and the other tourists are forced to seek shelter in a disused shed beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start to disappear, Jennifer learns that they all have something in common - a shared secret that seems to mark them all for doom. Written by Nick Jongerius

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This isn't Hell. This is Holland. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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While Tanroh Ishida is fluent in English, he was the only cast or crew member who could speak Japanese. The dialogue in the script was written down but Tanroh improvised some of the on-set dialogue. No one understood what he was saying. It wasn't until post-production that the editor and director received translations to work from. See more »

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The amount of blood on Kurt's bandage dramatically between scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jennifer Harris: [referring to picture of windmill drawn by child] That one's beautiful, Anna.
Anne de Vries: It's for you.
Jennifer Harris: Oh. Dank... dank... shoo... el. Dankshoolel?
Anne de Vries: Dank je wel!
Jennifer Harris: Dank je wel. You know, in English we call this a windmill. Can you guys say windmill?
Bert De Vries: Windmill.
Anne de Vries: Windmill.
Jennifer Harris: Yeah. How about you put this one...
Mister de Vries: [interrupts] Julie, can I have a word.
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Referenced in Frightfest 2016: In Conversation With (2016) See more »

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Legend Number Six
Performed by Michael Warner
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Breaks the golden rule of a good slasher flick
30 September 2016 | by s3276169See all my reviews

The rather blandly named, The Windmill Massacre, breaks the golden rule of a good slasher flick and pays the price.

Let me start by saying this is a film with definite potential. Its far from utterly bad. It employs a good cast of capable actors, a rather novel and fresh premise, plus some good horror elements. That said, it breaks the key rule of any good slasher flick, its not all that scary.

Th reason The Windmill Massacre is not overly scary lies in its scripting. After the first death, there's very little uncertainty as to who, how and when the next person, will die. Indeed, there is a "lead in", that tells you for the most part, whats about to happen to who, next.

The net result is a film robbed of the sudden death, "jump in your seat", surprise factor. That's what good slashers are really all about. Not the final dispatch but the dread and tension, leading up to that suddenly and violently realized moment, when the killer strikes.

Its a shame too, as this film looked promising. Even making a second film may not solve this issue, as the approach taken is more or less, "locked in". That is, its intrinsic to the legend built around the killer. As it stands then, a moderately entertaining horror film, that offers some entertainment value, but could have been so much more. Six out of ten from me.


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Loenen, The Netherlands See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,230
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ETA Films, Pellicola See more »
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1.85 : 1
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