“It’s the choice business, where we get caught up.”
Story: A man who spent years in a mental institution for killing his friends during a climbing excursion gets released. Meanwhile, group of college students are starting a weekend getaway in a secluded lake house. Would these kids kill each other in order to stay alive, like the killer did? Only one way to find out…
Scares: Mostly of the jump variety. But they’re decent jumps. Plus, there’s lots of suspense.
Splat factor: People die one by one. Yep, lots blood. But this story happens at night so a lot of the grue is in shadow and/or day-for-night blue filter.
Closing scene “shocker”?: Kind of. But it’s effective rather than idiotic.
Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original.
Trick or Treat?: I’m not usually a People Stalking People kind of gal when it comes to horror. These films are usually just stressful, rather than scary. But Taryn Manning (OITNB), Theo Rossi (Luke Cage), Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) make the usual “you gotta kill each other off” trope worth sticking around to see how things play off.
Is this quality horror? Nah, not so much. But there’s plenty to enjoy here, with the usual cliches getting a punch up thanks to solid performances that make the character shifts seem a bit more believable. (A bit.) At the climax, dialogue gets a bit choppy and predictable, and the story shifts into a few strange 180 degree character twists, but for a horror marathon, this ain’t a bad way to go.
Score: 3 out of 5 pumpkins.