Terrortory full movie review - Low budget effort with very few high points
It's October and Halloween is right around the corner. We were looking for something scary to watch we'd never seen before. I checked on Amazon Prime and found a couple of new horror anthologies described as being like 'Creepshow' and 'Tales from the Crypt'.
I found this film and another low budget one that was recently made. The other is the better of the two and no gem either. When I see these films I realize they're low budget and perhaps a first effort for talented young film makers so I cut them some slack and give them a chance. Everyone starts somewhere and good low budget films have been made, especially in the horror genre.
With that in mind the framing story and also the first segment in the anthology called 'Siren' showed promise. 'Siren' can be taken as an interesting twist on the hunter becoming the prey after promising his wife venison to eat. Since I'm against hunting of any kind for sport, I saw a certain poetic justice in this segment. Even a reference of sort to hunters using decoys to attract their prey. The ending to 'Siren', intentional or not, was ripped off from 'The Descent'(2005). Still it was an okay entry.
Unfortunately from this point on the stories went downhill. I realized there was no real hope for the overall film reaching any kind of quality when they resorted to showing a stereotype chubby nerdy guy playing with himself behind a tree as he observed what he thought were two lovers in a tent. All he could even see WAS the outside of the tent not the couple inside. Watching the couple would have been sick enough, yet somehow the tent alone excited him. He was supposed to be one of a group of film makers in the woods. I saw no reason whatsoever for this stupid scene and it took the whole film to a lower level.
I will not get into detail on the remaining segments. I will say they were amateurishly acted and had pointless plots for the most part. Also the sound quality was often terrible. We had to turn the volume way up just to hear the dialog in parts, not that it mattered much hearing it, I suppose. There was the required bare-chested bimbo T&A scene in 'The Midnight Clown' segment. It was thrown in as if the viewers expected it so let's get this in somehow. She just lifted up her shirt to show one of the guys with a camera who wanted her to.
I should mention that the framing story of the couple with the sleeping child was okay, like the first segment was. I wish they had explained to us better what was actually going on with the creature that attacked them and what was happening to the dead to make them look like bug eyed dolls or whatever. On a bright note...I did find the final scene where the couple decide to go to the beach a humorous twist. I'll just say it "almost" made up for all the time wasted on the other segments.