Bored on a Saturday, I saw this movie Walled In on my cable box. The little descriptive tag for the movie called it a suspenseful ghost story about a building, where 16 of it’s inhabitants where murdered and are now haunting the place. As a fan of ghost stories, I thought I’d give it a try. First off: it was so not a ghost story. After watching the movie, I looked it up on IMDB and this is how they state the plot, which is slightly more accurate:
“A young woman who recently graduated from engineering school travels to a remote location to supervise the demolition of a mysterious building. She soon discovers the horrifying secrets of the building and its past inhabitants, many of whom were victims of a vicious murderer who entombed his prey alive within its walls. Now she must turn the tables on the killer before she becomes his latest victim”
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD:
The movie stars Mischa Barton as Sam the engineer who goes to the building to prep it for demolition. The setting was great. The building was creepy and run down, the few people left in the building were the right amount of crazy, and most of the acting was good. The plot of this movie was the only thing holding it back. While the premise of the movie was good, the last 30 minutes or so killed it. That’s when you find out the person who entombed everyone in the walls is the architect of the building and that the current caretaker has trapped him in the center of the building to punish him for killing her husband.
The main “villain” of this story turns out to be the caretakers son, Jimmy, who has fallen in love with Sam. Afraid that he will lose her after she finishes demolishing the building, he traps her in the center of the building with the architect. Jimmy also kills her boyfriend. Guys show up to destroy the building while she is still tapped inside and…. I wont ruin the ending just in case you decided to watch it.
I wouldn’t recommend buying this movie, but if you have Netflix it’s worth the rent. I found it on cable for free. This movie could of been a lot better but it is still worth watching for the settings, the atmosphere and a few creepy scenes.
Walled In is a movie that is based on the best-selling French novel Les Emmurés by Serge Brussolo. It premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival on 20 February 2009 and was released direct to DVD in North America a month later.
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