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.
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.
Gore Rating: 3 out of 5
The 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.
Scare Rating: 2 out of 5
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”.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 2 out of 5
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.