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Walled In

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Cast:Deborah Kara Unger, Mischa Barton, Noam Jenkins, and Cameron Bright

Director:Gilles Paquet-Brenner


Year: 2009


A young woman who recently graduated from engineering school travels to a remote location to supervise the demolition of a mysterious building. She soon discovers the horrifying secrets of the building and its past inhabitants, many of whom were victims of a vicious murderer who entombed his prey alive within its walls. Now she must turn the tables on the killer before she becomes his latest victim.

As the film opens we get to see headlines about the evil happenings in this old building, 16 bodies were found inside the walls and the believed killer was never found. The film then jumps ahead 15 years where Samantha, a young member of the demolition company has arrived to size the place up for demolition. She knows nothing about the buildings past but after witnessing some strange happenings and seeing how strange the remaining tenants are she does some of her own research and finds out about its shocking past. The film packs some star power in Mischa Barton as Samantha, she gives a very good performance here. There is a lot going on in the film that makes you a bit uneasy, like the relationship between the boy and his mom. The boy seems to some kind of attraction to Samantha but the mom doesn't want him near her saying "She can't take care of you the way I do", a little "Psycho" going on there. You find out later the boy had other motives but I will leave that part alone. The film is being called a horror film but I think it is more a psychological thriller as there is not really in horror scenes in the film, it plays more with your mind. The film does have its flaws,mainly in the way the story was constructed. It at times didn't seem to know what it wanted to be but over-all it was entertaining enough. The settings built for each major rooms and hallways are terrific and when used with the lighting it really it became haunting and errie and kind of set the mood for the movie. If you like a ghost story with great atmosphere you are going to want to give this a try. I have seen better but this one gave me chills at times and it was quite enjoyable. Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****