She asked him to the dance but he said no…So naturally she has her dad kidnap him so she can drill holes in his skull…Must be her “time of the month”.
After a car crash caused by avoiding a guy in the middle of the road, Bret (Xavier Samuel) is left fatherless. Having two people in his life to love (his girlfriend and his mother) he gets by. When a girl from school, Lola Stone (Robin McLeavy), asks Bret to the dance, he kindly informs her that he is going with his girlfriend. “No” was the wrong answer, and Bret is later kidnapped by Lola’s father. When he awakens, he is tied to a chair inside of Lola’s house. The home is decorated to mimic the high school dance. But dancing won’t be enough for Lola, seeing as she is more than just a girl who couldn’t live without the boy. She is a crazed, psycho maniac who likes to get her hands dirty.
I’d like to begin with the talent of Robin McLeavy, who played the deranged Lola as if she herself were actually insane. Excellent job on her part! On screen as Lola, she had a look in her eye that just shouted CRAZY! And her taste for torture was quite pleasing. Now, now…Don’t go confusing me for one of “those” kind of men, for that’s not what I meant and you know it! Having images carved into my chest via fork just isn’t the way I roll, but that’s me, I’m not judging anyone!
I do greatly regret having to write this next part, because the cast was honestly terrific. As for the plot…well…it just didn’t keep me on my feet as some horror or slasher films do. And my honest opinion of the story would be that it was unoriginal and quite frankly, a tad bit dull. What’s really sad is the fact that the movie did actually try to surprise us in a couple of ways, but unfortunately the broader plot prevented it from being very disturbing as was expected. It’s like trying to burn wet wood really. It’s flammable, but not if you soak it in water first. And real original move on the movie makers part by trying to soften us up to Bret by killing off his father. It didn’t make me feel any more sorry for him when he was being tortured!
Not all is doomed with this movie though. I was very fond of the odd relationship between Lola and her father. As the daughter, Lola actually controlled her dad. All he wanted was to give her everything she wanted, when she wanted it. She had him wrapped around her finger practically. Even more, we can see that her dad is attracted to her, while at the same time, being ashamed of it. The emotional and physical attraction between father and daughter contribute greatly to the strange vibes of the film.
Sometimes it’s the little things…As the drill plowed into Bret’s skull we could see smoke from our camera angle. Have you ever drilled a hole into wood and then immediately put your finger on the drill bit? IT’S HOT! Just like rubbing your hands together for warmth, and fast spinning drill bit is gonna heat up! As if it wasn’t enough to imagine having my skull dug in to, we are also reminded of this simple scientific fact that contributes to Bret’s pain, and I like it.
Quality: 5/10 (Plot Quality)
Total Abstract Rating: 80% (Rounded up) It disappoints in some ways, but satisfies in others. Though broadly speaking the plot wasn’t that great, it was those smaller characteristics that made it a decent film.
Thanks for reading! Post written by Chris McBride, author of Abstracticality.