In the Dark (2015)

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In the Dark: Directed by John Ainslie. With Tianna Nori, Mark Matechuk, Krista Madison, Porter Randell. The Sublet is a suspense driven psychological thriller about Joanna, a new mom coping with her baby alone in an odd sublet apartment. As her husband neglects her to focus on his career, Joanna questions her sanity as she discovers a violent past to the apartment and suspects that the building may be haunted.

“Saw u0026#39;Tonight She Comesu0026#39;, being fond of horror regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to watching and reviewing it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eGiving u0026#39;The Subletu0026#39; a fair chance with being interest and apprehension, it turned out to be a little better than expected, having seen a lot of bad films recently. Wonu0026#39;t say that u0026#39;The Subletu0026#39; is a great film (mediocre actually) because it isnu0026#39;t and the potential, while not wasted, is not fully lived up to. Considering the large number of films seen recently being mediocre and less and wasting potential, was expecting worse and was relieved that while wanting in a fair few areas it was actually one of my better recent low-budget viewings.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026#39;The Subletu0026#39; started off quite well, the first part starting the film off on a promising, unsettling and atmospheric note that really does intrigue. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eProduction values did have some eeriness and nowhere near as cheap as expected.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe setting is effectively spooky. Initially, there are spooky and suspenseful moments, it isnu0026#39;t dull, and the storytelling initially does intrigue. The acting generally was not bad, Tianna Nori carries the film very well. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHowever, the story was severely wanting in the second half after starting off promisingly. It is very disjointed and after the promising start the final third especially loses atmosphere, one loses interest and things start to not make sense. Too much of the film is vague and doesnu0026#39;t explore some elements enough, some of which go nowhere or serve much point. It also is uneventful too much of the time and the pace drags.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEnding is unsatisfying, on top of feeling hasty there are too many loose ends hanging in the air and it all felt abrupt. Got the sense that the writers didnu0026#39;t know how to end the film. Would have liked much more tension and suspense (where there is barely any of either in the latter stages), scares could have been more consistent (again nowhere near enough) and some werenu0026#39;t surprising enough and had no atmosphere, the over-obvious sound not helping. The psychological parts of the story were more odd and undercooked rather than creepy and intriguingu003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFound too the script to lack natural flow and with a fair bit of cheese and blandness going on, and the characters bland with some adopting some annoying and not always logical decision making. There is very little menace or urgency to the conflict and the direction is phoned in.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall, mediocre. 4/10 Bethany Cox”


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