PLOT: While waiting for a power outage to end, a husband passes the time by telling his wife a set of scary stories set in a part of the Maryland woods known as “The Terrortory”.

It’s hard for me to give this one a rating. On the one hand, this is a super low budget movie that has student film production values. This seems like a movie where most of the people involved didn’t get paid. The movie obviously suffers for the lack of money behind it: the digital quality is prosumer, the audio is pretty dreadful in most of the vignettes, and the acting is what you’d expect from a senior thesis film. On the technical side, this movie fails miserably.

On the other hand, these people made a feature-length movie, and seemed to have fun doing it, and honestly, some of the stories work. Don’t get me wrong: I think the vignettes lack in variety from one to the other. By the third short that takes place in the same wooded area, you’re begging for a new setting. On top of that, there’s very little variety concerning the stories or the characters that are in each vignette. They’re hikers, campers, a film crew shooting a horror movie, another film crew shooting a horror movie, or a hunter. It becomes monotonous.

The stories are hit and miss, at best. I truly enjoyed the meta segment “The Midnight Clown”, which is a found footage film about a film crew going out to the woods to film a found footage movie. “Smiling Jack” also adds a twist to the standard “killer-stalking-prey” motif. There’s also one about some sort of siren that keeps asking “Did you bring me meat?” before she winds up eating a hunter and a really stupid one about killer drones (which also has some of the funniest moments of spontaneous parkour in a movie), but that’s all pretty standard for anthology films. Some segments work, some don’t.

 

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This one does an okay job at some gore effects, specifically in “Smiling Jack”, where Asian Rob Schneider gets disemboweled. There are a lot of throats getting cut in it, and there’s a pretty abysmal moment of CG blood in the first vignette, but otherwise, it gets a passing grade.

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Gore Rating: 3 out of 5

 

 

scaresThe wraparound story is a pretty good home invasion story that kind of goes off the rails at the end, but I thought “The Midnight Clown” was very affective and unnerving; the other stories… not so much.

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Scare Rating: 2 out of 5

 

 

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You get some shots of some boobs, but we’re not talking Vampyres here. I hope the actresses got paid for it, because this feels like a film in which very few people got a check. The siren in “Siren” is wearing basically nothing and then there’s a shot of some nudity in “The Midnight Clown”, but you also get to see a guy’s ass in “The Prowler”.

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Sex/Nudity Rating: 2 out of 5

 

 

OVERALL

This movie is all about keeping an open mind, because if you let the production values sway you, you’re going to turn this off immediately. The audio is a travesty to the ears, and what’s worse is that it’s even terrible in the wraparound story; you know, the one story that takes place indoors. Otherwise, I appreciate the filmmakers going out and making a movie that they wanted to make, which can be difficult, so I can’t be too hard on it. A lot of people praise Kevin Smith for making the movies that he wants to make, and he’s got millions of dollars in his back pocket.

Terrortory is a prime example of movie making, and now distribution) becoming completely democratic. I applaud Amazon Prime for being somewhat of a champion of this movement. This might not be the greatest film I’ve ever seen, I was more entertained by this than some other movies that I watched during this month.

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Overall Rating: 5 out of 10

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