Un­hal­lowed Ground

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated -

Re­lease Date: 13 July

2014 | 15 | DVD

If the film

in­dus­try fol­lowed a Dar­winian model, surely by now we’d be al­most free of medi­ocre low- bud­get hor­ror movies. Do enough peo­ple re­ally watch them for oth­ers to be inspired to make more? It seems so.

This Bri­tish ef­fort fea­tures a group of schoolkids who, fol­low­ing term’s end, spend the night pa­trolling their alma mater as part of an army train­ing ex­er­cise. But not only is it be­ing tar­geted by bur­glars, an an­cient spirit is on the prowl too. How scary!

Well, no, not re­ally: supernatural stuff is low in the mix and the ac­tion de­vel­ops along very fa­mil­iar lines. The young cast – in­clud­ing Ro­man Polan­ski’s daugh­ter Mor­gane and EastEn­ders’ Thomas Law – try hard, but the script lacks zip, colour and va­ri­ety. A fail, sadly.

Trailer. Rus­sell Lewin

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