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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

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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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Windmill See more »

Filming Locations:

Loenen, The Netherlands See more »

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ETA Films,Pellicola See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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It's Miller Time! Demonic Wind-miller time, that is…
27 January 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Call me a sentimentalist, but I really love it when countries bring forward movies that are somehow linked to their own heritage, culture or fauna! For example, I love it when Australia makes another movie about a giant killer crocodile, or when Austria releases a splatter flick about Lederhosen zombies, and I was really excited when I found out that The Netherlands was going to bring out a folklore horror movie about windmills! I'm not a Dutchman myself, but I live next door in Belgium and spent a lot of time traveling around in The Netherlands. The country is full of windmills and, especially when you drive past them when night is falling, they often look eerie and sinister out there in the open fields, so it's about freaking time they finally form the decor of a horror movie! Of course I'm slightly biased, and I probably awarded the film with at least one more point than it deserves, but "The Windmill Massacre" is good entertainment with a more than adequate screenplay, above average performances, a reasonable amount of suspense and quite a lot of exhilarating gore and bloodshed!

First and foremost, the film rather cleverly solves a typical issue that Dutch speaking productions always struggle with! It sounds horrible when Dutch or Belgian actors/actresses attempt to speak English, so instead of that, "The Windmill Massacre" almost exclusively stars native English speakers that are supposedly tourists in Amsterdam. That's just smart, period! Following a whole bunch of separate clips that only start making sense later in the film, 7 people (an Aussie girl, a former model, an Asian student, a mariner, a surgeon and a British father with his teenage son) board a ramshackle tour bus that takes them on a trip past several idyllic windmills. The bus naturally breaks down, but when two courageous passengers head towards a nearby windmill for help, they painfully experience that the miller – Hendrik – is a nastily deformed and bloodthirsty type of avenging demon. This group wasn't coincidentally put together, as it turns out they all have committed horrible sins and now they have to pay for them. For a horror flick from The Netherlands, "The Windmill Massacre" has a solid and compelling story to tell (especially in comparison to other recent titles like "Dood Eind" or "De Poel"), and you'll even gladly overlook the rather many clichés and improbabilities in the script. The film also features loads of gratifying gore and delightful make- up effects. Hendrik, the deadly miller, looks like a hybrid between Jason Voorhees and the Chatterer Cenobite from the original "Hellraiser". There's a cool urban legend linked to his existence (something about selling his soul to the devil) and enjoys things like stomping people's heads with his boots or throwing rusty chains in people's faces. Good, unpretentious entertaining Holland should be proud of!


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