The Canal (2014)

Not Rated   |    |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A depressed and stressed film archivist finds his sanity crumbling after he is given an old 16mm film reel with footage from a horrific murder that occurred in the early 1900's.

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  • Rupert Evans in The Canal (2014)
  • Rupert Evans in The Canal (2014)
  • Kelly Byrne in The Canal (2014)
  • Antonia Campbell-Hughes in The Canal (2014)
  • Rupert Evans in The Canal (2014)
  • Rupert Evans and Antonia Campbell-Hughes in The Canal (2014)

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19 October 2014 | gothic-fiction
| Far too slow! The end saved it!
With time, I managed to put my eyes on a few such productions and I have to tell you, this type of movies can be divided too: you see, you get the just a tad bit better than average ones, like "Psych9", "Devoured" and those really good ones "Session 9" or "The pact".

This one sadly, in my books fells in the first category, it moves too slow and the ending itself managed to pull it out of the water a little but only to see it float away. Yeah, you can feel it burn, more and more, a flame that wants to make some light, but come on, at a certain point you do realize what is happening here. And this is why I say there are 2 types of such productions: first, the ones where the ending kinda reveals itself too early, and the other when the ending is so shocking that you can not believe your eyes. Now, in The Pact or Session 9, everything is worth the wait, they can't show more in order not to betray the conclusion so you just have to be patient. In Devoured, Psych9 or The Canal, even tho at some point they do manage to push you off tracks, it only happens for a few minutes and then you are back where you where sitting for the last half of hour.

This is why I say, it could have been better. A lot better! I mean if they managed to pull that ending out, how come they didn't bother or at least try to make the road to it more decent. We could have had a pavement of scares, instead, just some tension rising, curiosity growing and then the death of all excitement. You get the point too soon! Try all those I mentioned before and you'll see what I'm talking about.


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