Friday, October 16, 2015

31 Nights of Terror 2015 #13 - The Hoarder (2015)

The Hoarder (2015)
Director: Matt Winn
Starring: Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Charlotte Salt
Format: AVI

Plot: When Ella discovers her Wall Street banker boyfriend is renting a secret storage unit, she suspects he's using it to hide an affair. Enlisting the help of her best friend Molly she breaks into the facility only to discover something more terrifying instead. Now trapped in a darkened building with a group of neurotic strangers who start disappearing one by one, Ella soon uncovers even worse horror in the dank depths. Her life or death battle to escape eternal enslavement is about to begin....

The name of this one appealed to me because, well, I'm a bit of a hoarder. No, I'm not one of those "living in piles of filth" people you might see on TV's Hoarders. But I do collect a lot of stuff and like to refer to myself as an "organised hoarder". Sadly this movie has absolutely nothing to do with hoarding - the closest its gets is being set in a multi-level self-storage building.

The building itself is a pretty good setting for a horror movie - dark, claustrophobic, cluttered. The script also makes good use of lights on timers that keep turning off. And of course with all the wacky and wonderful things people keep in their storage lockers, that allows for all sorts of weapons for the protagonists to use to fight back.

Fight back against what exactly? Well, I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that The Hoarder does a good job of keeping the viewer guessing whether this is a straight-up slasher or something paranormal. The gore factor isn't bad but nothing that will amaze gorehounds. The acting is pretty mediocre (especially Barton, whose lack of emotion and wavering American accent is distracting) except for Knepper, who is good in anything.

One thing that did surprise me about this movie is that it doesn't really build up the suspense as you would expect. The two women arrive at the storage building and BAM! The action begins. From there things happen at a steady clip, making sure things are never boring. Some of the actions of the characters are just plain dumb, but the twist towards the end is fun and the ending satisfying.

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