4 June 2009 | Vomitron_G
I've always loved this little diabolical club...
Damned be nostalgia. Once again, it has gotten me into a spot of defending a movie I (still) like, while it's not exactly a superb film. I saw THE CLUB back in 1994 on a horror film festival. I remember enjoying it quite a bit. Years went by and while my memories of this film became a bit vague, I never really forgot about it. With my love for horror having rekindled in recent years, the urge grew to re-watch this Canadian genre film. I took a bit of effort and a bit of luck to finally track down a copy of it, but I got one. I was literally holding my breath when I popped in the tape (that same day I received it). Maybe this movie would suck, after all those years, not being half the fun I remembered it to be?
Relief. It doesn't suck and it's still fun. But you'll have to be a bit forgiving. And for a horror fan, that's usually not a hard thing to do. THE CLUB basically is an amalgam of good ideas, fun special effects, atmosphere, a healthy dosage of enthusiasm from cast and crew and the use of a great Gothic castle location. Obviously, it's not a horror film to be taken too seriously. But I'll admit, the execution of the film leaves things to be desired. Plus, the movie has a good & fun concept to boot, but lacks a decent story and feels under-developed. It's a simple set-up: There's a school dance in a remote castle. When midnight comes around, a small group of friends suddenly find themselves in a surreal situation. All other students have disappeared, and while they're wandering through the castle alone, trying to figure out what happened to them, they'll soon become the target of nightmarish manifestations.
If you had fun with movies like NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 1 & 3, SPOOKIES, and maybe especially even Ken Russel's 'GOTHIC', then go ahead and give THE CLUB a try. It's a similar film, only with a more 90's look & feel. Back in '94 I didn't realize it, but THE CLUB stars a young Andrea Roth in it. I only "discovered" this blonde Canadian cutie about four years later, when I saw her alongside Rutger Hauer in CROSSWROLDS. Recently I saw John Fawcett's LAST EXIT, and was again surprised about how decent an actress she is (and a mature woman she came to be).