March 8, 2011

End of the Line (2007)



"In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop suddenly in the middle of the tunnel. As those around her are brutally murdered, Karen and a handful of survivors must face supernatural forces, homicidal religious cult members, as well as their own fears and suspicions of Armageddon, in order to survive."

This was completely different to what I expected. I thought it might be a cross between "Deathline" and "Midnight Meat Train" but it ended up being all about a load of religious nutters believing that demons are going to take anybody who they leave alive.

There was a kind of twist where the demons could actually be real (as shown on the DVD sleeve which ruins it for everybody) but it's still one of those films where you are left to wonder a bit at the end. Were the demons real or were they just a symptom of the hysteria? Who knows?

Performances were very good and it had some nicely realistic gore too. I wasn't completely happy with the ending but it all entertained me. It's Canadian so it has that "feel" about it, if you know what I mean, but the production values were very high throughout.

The heroine of the film, Ilona Elkin, reminded me a lot of Shannen Doherty which is no bad thing. In fact, it's just down to her performance alone that I liked this a lot more than I probably should have. Some of the other characters were a bit two-dimensional but that's just the way of horror films anyway.

I know that I haven't gone into very much detail with this review but "End of the Line" is just one of those films which you should watch "cold" if at all possible and I don't want to spoil it for you. Whatever you think it's going to be, it isn't. It's actually a lot better.

I'm rating it as a 6 out of 10. There was some good use of tension and atmosphere. I recommend it.

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