Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: The Hoarder

Not Rated; 86 minutes; $27.97; Amazon
Available today on DVD from RLJ Entertainment is the slasher flick The Hoarder. Directed by Matt Winn, the film stars Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Valane Keen, Charlotte Salt and Andrew Buckley. The only special feature is "The Making of The Hoarder" featurette.

The film centers on Ella (played by Mischa Barton), a woman who fears her fiance is keeping a secret from her. Late one night,  her best friend Molly (played by Emily Atack), Ella goes to a warehouse on the outskirts of town to snoop around in her fiance's storage unit. Shockingly, she comes across a horrifying sight of a disfigured man shortly before Molly vanishes.

Trapped in a maze-like warehouse, Ella is determined to find her friend, but she must deal with a handful of storage unit customers, all of which have their own share of problems; included a corrupted detective (played by Robert Knepper).

To make matters worse, Ella must out think a psychopath hoarder who wants to add her to his unique "collection."

Final Thoughts: Theatrical release horror flicks are a rare thing anymore; even though the movies can make quite a bit cash for studios, for some reason franchises like Halloween and Friday the 13th are having troubles launching new sequels; while on the other hand the Hellraiser franchise keeps getting  horribly filmed direct-to-DVD sequels every few years. In a nutshell, if you want to watch a new slasher, then you better be looking for the direct-to-Digital/DVD titles.

With a dark, creepy warehouse setting, The Hoarder definitely has the right atmosphere for this genre. The acting is descent for a horror film; with Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Robert Kneeper (Prison Break) both giving good performances. The cinematography is above-average, and there is a enough gore to satisfy fans. The only real downfall is the by-the-book script, which borrows cliched scenes from other slasher flick. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but the story offers nothing new.

Overall, The Hoarder is a generic slasher that is neither good or bad. While the film will keep your interest for entire 86 minutes running time; you'll easily forget the movie five minutes after it ends.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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