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Unhallowed Ground (2015)

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A group of privileged students spend a night patrolling the prestigious Dhoultham school. However, it soon turns into the worst night of their lives as they face off against burglars, supernatural spirits and a deeper, darker evil.

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Marcus Griffiths ... Aki Adebola
Thomas Law ... Daniel Gordon
Andrew Lewis ... Dr. Carmichael
... Meena Shah
... Sophie Dunant
... Rishi Patel
... Shane
Richard Derrington ... Dr. Richard Graystone
Gil Cohen-Alloro ... Plague Doctor
Jacob James Beswick ... Hanged Spirit
Tom Glenister ... Burned Spirit
Perry Moore ... Buried Spirit
... Drowned Spirit
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Six private school students spend a night patrolling the eerie grounds of the historic Dhoultham School as part of a British Army initiative to provide rich kids with basic military training. As each hour passes they witness a series of increasingly disturbing occurrences, slamming doors, self-governing lights and ghostly apparitions. The ante is upped by two thieves who have chosen the night to conduct a heist on the school Archive: a vault of priceless historical documents. As the supernatural encounters begin to take an increasingly malevolent turn, the students realise they must escape Dhoultham before the night's end.

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Contrived story struggles
6 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Six cadets perform a night-time training exercise in their out-of-term school, only to find the place infested with burglars and ghouls.

Ah - Brit horror, why do you torment me so? This one is not the worst, and it does have some bounce to it, with a steady build to the climax. The actors do well, and some of the dialogue is good, although the usual problem of unnecessary or underdeveloped characters runs all the way through. There is some decent humour, but the story is completely contrived in a mish-mash of genre, and in the end the elements are forced together like repulsing magnets.

All the clichés of horror are poorly done - jump scares, figures in the background, sudden noises. Some comical moments - two characters run like hell from ... what? + characters come clattering down a stairs an unfeasibly long time after the sound that attracted them and ask breathless questions. And surely the prologue could have been done with less staginess and better attention to detail - the quill writing was total cheese. And it suffers the usual British coyness about sex and gore.

The music was varied, sometimes impressive, sometimes ho-hum or inappropriate.

This is low budget, so it deserves some forbearance, but you can't get around the basic problem with the story: it's about as plausible and menacing as an episode of Scooby Doo.

Why can't the Brits do horror like indie American, or the French or Spanish?


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