The Tour review
Would you take an opportunity to check out a legendary haunted house? In August 2014, we found out not all legends are true, in fact... some are deathly real.
Directing this 15 minute horror short is Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard.
Starring in this one is: Tom Gordon as Tom, Jessica Cameron as Morgan, Heather Dorff as Cassie.
Two American tourists, Morgan and Cassie, catch a tour of the most haunted house in England, Darkmoor Manor. Unfortunately, the doors are closed to the public, but Tom the guide wants to impress the American ladies and tells them he can get them inside for a look around. Curiosity winning over, the ladies take Tom up on his offer. They went in knowing this was a haunted house, but what they found inside they never saw coming.
So, I have to start this one off by saying I'm usually not a fan of short films. The run times are just never enough to get a good story told and make it worth watching for me. However, Greenie brought this one to my attention so of course I had to check it out, and I gotta say, I'm glad he did. It's rare to find a short I like, and this one, I did!
Writers Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard came up with a story that at first I thought would just be a typical slasher flick, due to the (not so) subtle foreshadowing. At that point I have to say I was a little disappointed, because within a few minutes I already knew what was going to happen. With that being said, I wasn't expecting much else from the flick. Then they hit me with an unexpected surprise, an added twist I didn't see coming. So, thumbs up to Mathieson and Rickard for throwing a nice curve.
The playthrough was a little slow to start off, and I had almost given up on it, but once things get going it'll hold your attention. After being surprised by what I had watched and being shown a few things that are pointed out in the end, I had to watch it again. The cinematography that Richard C Bell does it was quite impressive. Subtle little hints were caught in the filming that tell you where the story is going, yet you could easily miss them if you weren't paying attention.
I thought Gordon did a good job, he pulls off the "average Joe" well, but you could tell something wasn't quite right with him but you didn't know what. Next up, Cameron and Dorff, both ladies had a good chemistry and with the banter of the script between their characters I thought they pulled off showing a real friendship. All parties brought believable fear when it was their time and helped sell the flick quite well.
Overall, if you've got 15 minutes you should check this one out.
It's rated UR (unrated) but has language and violence.