Starring: Amy Noble,
Emma Griffiths Malin, George Maguire, John Regan
Spiderhole had the potential of being a solid horror movie,
but it loses all spark thanks to recycled story ideas. Four London artists
choose to squat squat in an abandoned home, where
they find themselves trapped by a madman.
The only redeeming features of this movie are the visuals.
The setting is both creepy and foreboding, and the colors are
excellent. But aside from that, the film
just isn't interesting. Spiderhole borrows bits and
pieces from other horror movies such as Hostel, and sports a musical score that's
blatantly patterned after that of Saw.
The film begins as something of a ghost story, but shifts to slasher flick. Gore
aficionados are sure to be let down, as torture in the film occurs
almost entirely off-screen. When one hipster squatter has his eyeball removed,
it looks like a poorly-performed Penn & Teller trick.
The only explanation is that the film's budget simply didn't
allow for gratuitous gore, which is disappointing for a movie
in the vein of Hostel.
The worst aspect of Spiderhole is the wasted opportunity for
an interesting back story. Only in the later half of the
movie are you provided glimpses of what motivates the maniac
pursuing the squatters. But it's not nearly enough to
satisfy the curiosity of the audience. The conclusion
winds down with a painfully weak attempt at a twist, which
isn't enough to save the movie.
There's one brief sex scene (no nudity), plenty of annoying
crying, and a weak plot that will have you looking at your
watch. The only reason Spiderhole is worth a watch is
because director Daniel Simpson
put together a visually interesting film. But it's the recycled
story, wasted plot opportunities, and lack of gore that makes
this film a flop. Worth watching once on Netflix Instant if
you're a horror fan, but not worth buying the DVD.