I was in the mood for some darkness and watched a horror film from 2006 called 5ive Girls.
It was what I’d expect from a low budget non-AAA Canadian film: mediocre.
Bad acting. Cheesy dialogue. Childish plot. Lots of attempts to be emotional that just fell flat. The film was not scary in the slightest. It relies on cheap jump scares every now and then (and even those are executed poorly).
But one thing the movie excelled in was atmosphere. This is the reason I stuck to it. The film just has a nice atmosphere. A giant, lonely, school. The cinematography and colour palette all mesh very well and just give it this special veneer.
And the other reason that kept me in: Headmistress Anna Pearce.
The acting of Amy LaLonde as the headmistress was incredible. A beautiful, powerful, cold, calculated, female force. Truly stunning she was. I think that’s the reason I sat through the 95 minutes of it. I was just waiting to see her next scene, what she would do or what she would look like.
As a true horror fan, who seeks to push the boundaries every time…this was a big letdown. I feel like I’ve waded back into the kiddie pool of the horror genre after trekking in the deep end with A Serbian Film (my favourite film, to date). But seriously, what was I expecting watching a low budget film made for 15 yr old girls?
This was movie was nice to look at, from a purely visual perspective. But as a movie, and watchable entertainment it was lackluster.