Hotel of the Damned (2016)
Directed by Bobby Barbacioru
Synopsis:Courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment
After a car accident and stranded in the middle of nowhere, an ex-con and his daughter find themselves in an abandoned hotel, populated by sub-human cannibalistic creatures.
If you ever wondered what a film would be like if there was non-stop action, burn victims with machetes, and Sylvester Stallone’s younger brother in it, look no further.
Hotel of the Damned is about an ex-con man named Nicky (Louis Mandylor) who goes to find and bring back his daughter Maria (Manuela Harabor) with his BFF Jimmy (Peter Dobson). The film is average. The characters are likeable, but not interesting enough to care about. The relationship between Nicky and Jimmy has chemistry, but ultimately feels like another Italian mob duo from Jersey.
The writing is believable, but not noteworthy. The cinematography is decent, with scenes in both the hotel and outside looking rather eerie, similar to the Evil Dead remake. The cannibals look meh. For a “subhuman species”, they just look like crackheads. I would have liked to seen more variation between them, maybe have one with three arms, or one with no eyes, just to really distinguish their subhuman nature.
While the constant fast paced action is appreciated, the minimal amount of gore makes the payoff much less satisfying. The only bit of violence you get to experience is when Nicky and Jimmy interrogate some junkies in order to find out where Maria’s love interest Bogdan (Bogdan Marhodin) is.
Overall, this film is okay. If you have an hour and twenty minutes to kill and don’t have anything to do, you can pick this movie up.
5 out of 10 Splats of Blood