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The cast are hand cuffed, like a chain gang, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy with the black man at the end. There is an Indian(subcontinent)girl (Amara Karan) who is super intelligent and a blond (Ashley Mulheron as Shoe)who isn't. Antonia Campbell-Hughes is delightful as Angel who is a contestant who enjoys frightening the other contestants.
The story goes that the warden, in order to cut costs killed 85 inmates and then later was sentenced to death himself. His soul roams the prison. Or that is at least the story they were told...
Contestants randomly select a chess piece to represent them. Tasks are assigned by a prerecorded tape based on the chess piece...first up the white queen. While the tasks seemed to be at random, they are actually based on the interviews where the contestants disclosed their biggest fear.
As it turns out there are things in the prison the producers didn't count on...and the producers think it is just their network playing a game with them.
Good acting for a B movie. The soundtrack is not overpowering, but it is effective with drum rhythms inconspicuously mimicking heart beats. The horror is mostly pyschological and not blood and guts. Yes, we've seen this type of movie before, and I don't mind watching them again when they are done right.
F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
It had elements of several other horror films but none of it added up to a good movie.
First you have the Rip Off of the reality show with the people in the RV ala Wrong Turn 2 and even have the last guy standing from that film 'Texas Battle' in the cast.
I can't mention the other films that it ripped off or it will give away too much of the movie.
There was very little gore,the storyline was obviously lacking and it was very slow paced.
it even ripped off the old MTV show Room Raiders.
The atmosphere in the abandoned prison was creepy I will give it that and the use of camera was not bad but the entire effort was a fail as far as I'm concerned.The fat guy in the RV where all the producers and technicians were working made me cringe he was so annoying ,I was hoping he would go outside and smoke or something and get offed.
Bottom line,This year,so far watch Seconds Apart,Husk and even Prowl.but I say skip this unless you have money to throw away and there is nothing else to watch.
Of course, there is more than meets the eye is this rather tepid horror entry. A mysterious stranger starts to haunt the prison. Is it the spirit of the maniacal ex-warden? Is is a trick from the production company? While the movie hopes to keep you guessing, it lacks the real cleverness or continuity to pull things off. The actors are all fine considering the material, but the screenplay lacks the punch and definition to really distinguish the movie as anything other than a missed opportunity. There are some supposed twists and surprises, it all feels rather cobbled together and uninspired. By the end, I really didn't care much one way or the other.
Perhaps all could have been forgiven had the picture provided anything resembling scares. As each person meets the strange apparition, the resolutions are blunt and to-the-point with little tension being earned or scares being included. Those looking for big frightening moments or gore will be left stranded. And while, I don't necessarily think every film has to be a gorefest--this one genuinely needed to be creepier and more unsettling. A great idea wasted, it made me think of other films that did it better. If you like the premise, try "My Little Eye" about a Big Brother experience gone awry. It's not perfect either, and its tension is more psychologically derived, but it get much closer to the spirit I had hoped for here. About 1 1/2 stars. I'm feeling nice, so I'll round up. KGHarris, 10/11.
Aside from the incredulity of the plot, the movie suffers from pandering filler, really bad lighting and every cliché in the cinematic book. This premise has been done several times recently, with no memorable films to warrant its continuance. Even worse, you know from the beginning where the movie is going and a preposterous "twist" ending is inevitable. THE TASK's ending is dismally bad.
The actors are trapped in Horror 101 caricatures, with no real standouts.
I had high hopes that ADO's would set new standards in modern horror, but if THE TASK is a preview of what's to come, this is one viewer who might jump ship!