The Shattering full movie review - Shatteringly Bad Dialogue
I was a bit apprehensive when THE SHATTERING started . Not being a fan of found footage the opening sequence suggests it's going to be a new twist on that sub-genre by having instead of video footage we're getting silent super 8 mm lost footage .
This doesn't happen and if someone is thinking of making a 90 minute feature film with 8 mm celluloid with no sound please don't because there's absolutely no market for it . Thankfully THE SHATTERING which has an impressive DVD cover isn't lost footage horror but that said it's not a very good horror movie and probably deserves its straight to DVD status
One massive flaw becomes apparent right away where four characters are driving in a car and one of the characters mentions she's receiving chemo-therapy and they're off to meet a mystical healer. One of the character replies along the lines of "Oh so that's why we're driving along this very dark road late at night" which quickly draws your attention to a lack of internal logic to the scene . If a bunch of people are going to be driving up a lonely dark road late at night wouldn't they ask before they get in the car why they're going on a long journey ? In other words it's a scene of clunky , clumsy exposition . The rest of the film continues in the same way . It's fairly obvious the characters are stuck in the middle of nowhere but the screenplay feels the need to emphasise this by stating "We've driven for miles and haven't seen anyone" as if the audience are unaware of this . Every time someone opens their mouth what comes out is plot mechanics and sounds very unnatural . As the story continues it becomes a group of young people are trapped by something in the dark and if you've seen the DVD cover you'll know what's stalking them . If you haven't then don't worry because one of the characters will explain the plot as it goes along