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RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
STUDIO: Big Air
- “Making of” featurette
- Deleted scenes
Numerology. Demons. Prophecies. The works.
Director/writer Darren Lynn Bousman. Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glen, Benjamin Cook, Lolo Herrero, Salome Jimenez, Brendan Price, etc.
Author Joseph Crone is drifting through life after the death of his wife and son. Upon traveling abroad to reunite with his estranged brother and father, he stumbles onto a strange series of events that are all connected to the number 11. These events seem to be building towards something awful, but what? And can Joseph stop it?
This is the kind of film that Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead) could have directed in his sleep during the early 80s. That’s not a knock, by the way. Demonic omens, weird creatures, prophecies, a hero out of his element, etc. Had this film gone full Fulci by cranking the atmosphere up to eleven and getting gruesome with the deaths, it really could have been something. The plot isn’t the greatest in the world, but neither is the one for House By The Cemetery. Problem is, we are instead given a PG-13 film with half the creepy atmosphere that it should have.
Lest you think I’m being too hard on the film and making a comparison where I shouldn’t, I just want to point out that I knew very little about it before watching the film. Also, Saw IV aside, I’ve enjoyed every film of Bousman’s that I have seen so far. My expectations for this were not high. Was I disappointed? A little, but it is still a decent effort. While nothing of note really happens, you could do far worse…especially these days. This was Darren testing the waters and dipping his toes into a different end of the horror pool. While I don’t think he really succeeded with this new venture, I certainly would be open to giving any future supernatural tales of terror that he cranks out a shot. I just hope he brings the crazy next time because that’s what this really lacked overall. You don’t have to have a fantastic script to make a good horror film. You just have to be creative in how you shoot and present your story. Would I watch it again? Probably someday. Hey, I’m a horror nut! What did you expect?
The “Making of” is a decent little featurette that is best when focusing on the filmmaking process itself and not trying to pointlessly spin “we shot in a cursed place!” stories. Other than that there are just a handful of deleted scenes. The cover art focuses on the winged beasties that aren’t really in the film enough to be some prominently displayed, but that’s never stopped anyone in this genre before. I’m assuming the subtitle that it has been given on its home video release (“The Prophecy”) is to help differentiate it from The Asylum’s similarly-titled 11/11/11. That’s both hilarious and depressing all at once.
Out of a Possible 5 Stars