The Damned Thing (2014) is a English movie. Derrick Granado has directed this movie. Canon Buckingham,Zach Kepple,Rodney Osborne,Elizabeth McGrath are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2014. The Damned Thing (2014) is considered one of the best Horror,Thriller movie in India and around the world.
Three tales of mystery and horror are told from the narration of famed paranormal investigator Eddie Osborne to his newly hired videographer, Will, as they document the supernatural occurrences of an abandoned hotel. The tales Eddie narrates build the foundation of his theory regarding paranormal instances, which he refers to as "The Damned". The first story details the events of a missing wife and the husband suspected for murder. Upon moving into their new dream home, newlywed couple, Michael and Lana, begin to experience odd occurrences and life-like nightmares in the home. The couple struggle to keep their sanity and marriage together while living in the home with negative forces. The second story portrays the behaviors of psychotic individuals damned by negative energy from childhood. Lester, a serial killer dressed in a clown costume, wreaks havoc on Halloween night murdering the man who bullied him when they were kids. The last story details the events of a missing film crew in...
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Finally, a movie more technically inept than Birdemic!
I'm a fan of well-executed horror anthologies, especially the classic ones. I was hopeful for this attempt and I was willing to give it a chance (based on the other reviews). While I hate to be a naysayer and embrace negativity, I would truthfully grade this as a "C+" student film, at best. The only time a character showed any emotion instead of just reciting lines was during the third story. That just isn't good... Film-making is (very) hard work and every director has a starting point, but compelling characters and/or a decent story can make up for many shortcomings, including poor special effects and slow pacing. While this movie attempts to tie together three "vignettes" in a meaningful way, it would have fared better if the director had just plagiarized a throwaway script from a Syfy-channel reject. Rule number for any film project should be to solicit feedback from outside your immediate peers -- that would probably help cut down on the rampancy of overused movie tropes. All in all, this is a rather amateurish effort marred by clichéd dialogue, questionable casting choices, sloppy editing and poor cinematography.
Comes across like a student project, but still decent
This movie starts really bad. Everything about the first scene (and subsequent set-up scenes for the anthology stories) is bad. It has the worst acting and the worst production values. It must have been shot on an iPhone, because my home video camera takes better quality video than these scenes. The poorly written dialog, along with the poor production values, makes it nearly unwatchable. I was about to give up on this movie after the first ten minutes. Then I remembered the other reviewers saying to stick it out. One even said that the bad acting and story was for a reason and it would all be clear by the end of the movie. So I stuck it out. I'm kind of glad that I did, because the first anthology story was actually pretty good and although the acting was still not that good, it was the best of the entire movie. Suffice it to say that the first story is sort of like the first paranormal activity film, but better and shorter. The second anthology story was decent, with the third being the least decent. Unlike the first scene and set-up scenes, the anthology stories actually had good production values. The entire movie, however, never explained why the first scene (and subsequent set-up scenes) had the worst writing, the worst quality, and the worst acting. I'm taking a leap here, but this movie came across to me like a very well made student project. If I were attending film school and watched this as a final grade project, then I would say it was great. Otherwise, as a commercial film, it is entertaining enough to rate 5 stars.
Far better than expected.
I've seen so many horrors, especially those underground ones, that's why I'm here, commenting on those poorly viewed or rated in order to straighten some things up. This one looked like so many before, another cheesy copycat of everything else ever made.. but wait! Wait! Watch it till its very end, after about 40 minutes, when the first story ends you start to understand it. It actually has a nice plot to it, some good stories, not the best acting out there but the script is indeed a good one. I declare myself truly pleasantly surprised. I did enjoy this and even tho it is very unknown I will recommend it. If you are a horror junkie armed with a little patience, see this one. Most likely you will not be disappointed! Cheers!
Horror anthology dud
I saw this dud on Amazon Prime under the title HOTEL HELL. It's a patience-testing horror anthology containing three stories told via a paranormal investigator. The medium is the found footage format and a creepy clown which appears in one of the segments makes it onto the video cover. The first story is another boring spin on the haunted house genre, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY style; the second story is about a psycho who dresses up as a clown to revenge himself on some former bullies; the third story is about a TV crew faking some Bigfoot evidence running afoul of real evil. The running time is interminable and the intermingling stories are exceptionally poor. The very bad production values make this a struggle to sit through.
A good effort on a low budget
It's really not as bad considering the limitations and money these guys had. I've seen a lot worse efforts. They obviously spent more on certain stories than others which is to be expected. The connecting scenes were the worst and probably the most rushed. The sound, direction and acting leaves a lot to be desired in these segments but I'm presuming all the money and time went into the stories which I would imagine were filmed first. I admire independent film makers making a go of it with very limited options and this one gets a decent amount right albeit not on a high level. The first story is the best and was genuinely quite creepy and had a good sense of suspense and scare moments. It's wasn't a new story, but executed quite well considering. The actors were fine, apart from when she had to act a bit weird because she chose to overdo the oddness..especially with her eye-line, which when you consider they were newlyweds and knew each other pretty well, her behaviour at those moments would ring enormous alarm bells with me! It would have worked better if she was more subtle with it. The ending was a bit naff, but the substance of the overall story well executed. The second story is an well worn story of revenge, but it definitely had it's moments, especially when the 'victim' meets the bully in 'heavy breathing silence' before the act of violence. In these sorts of stories, for it to succeed you need to create a certain amount of understanding with the revenger and I thought, in the short amount of time to convey this, the writers did an OK job. The Director gave it space and pace at the right moments. The scene with the parents watching the cartoon was very good, since it encapsulated everything about them in a very short space of time and you kind of realised what sort of life he'd had with them very quickly. The third story was the weakest and I imagine they might have shot it in one day! Slap hazard and not particularly well thought out and also unrealistic. You can tell this by the way she grabbed the knife...I mean really? Also, the decisions made by certain characters were 101 of how NOT to do things when considering a discerning viewer audience. The connection to all this was the hotel. I understand the title was changed to Hotel Hell which isn't really what it is about...it's not about the hotel...the hotel is just a place used a conduit for the main character to act as a catalyst for the stories. You could argue that that is why it is a hotel of hell...because of the telling of the stories..but it just doesn't quite work. Yes, the final eiplogue to the anthology is based there but it's still not about the hotel...it's about the characters. The final scenes are disappointing and the fact the lead actor is in the final story..and very easily recognisable from that story means there isn't any surprise and it's all rather obvious. Also...bit plot hole...the videographer gets attacked by the clown....which goes against what the second story is about. It's about revenge against those who have done him wrong. The videographer hasn't done anything to him,doesn't even know him, so it doesn't really make sense. It's feels like a cheap afterthought to finish the movie. However...really not that bad an effort when all things are considered.