Anthology films are a tricky and more often than not geared more towards the horror genre. Every so often there is one that steps out of the horror world and goes in a bit of a different direction and when they work they work great, but sadly more often than not they miss the mark. The latest Locker 13 brings together a decent cast including Rick Hoffman, Krista Allen, Tatyana Ali, Curtis Armstrong, Jon Gries, and Ricky Schroder that takes on a more drama theme with a hint of the supernatural, but does it manage to come together and work or should it remained closed and locked?
Locker 13 follows a nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park, delves into the mysteries surrounding an old locker. His sage supervisor recounts chilling tales that underscore the importance of making the right choice. The recollection includes an aging boxer who is given an opportunity to become a real killing machine, a young man seeking membership in a secret society who experiences an initiation with deadly consequences, a would be suicide shaken to his core by a menacing member of a very special club, and a hit man for hire playing a devious cat and mouse game with three women who have a score to settle. This anthology film is a bit different in that it walks a thin line bringing together both drama and some elements of the supernatural together. Much like most all of these films each story stands out on its own and each will likely appeal to different people. Jon Gries is the common thread holding it together as the Rod Serling/cryptkeeper of it all telling these tales and clearly knowing more than anyone else. Each of the stories works really well, keeping each of them engaging in both performances and storytelling. There isn’t anything here that has been done before, but the unique cast helps to bring each of them to life well all linked together by a wild west park that is never really explained as too why. While there are some supernatural/horror-esque elements it is far from either, but instead blends them into real world scenarios to keep them grounded.
The entire cast does a good job with their respective parts, but outside of the more subtle performance from Jon Gries, it is Ricky Schroder in a different kind of role that stands out the most. As with most of these kinds of movies they wrap up some elements, but leave it open to be able to re-visit it should they decide. This is reminiscent of the old TV shows like Twilight Zone and Night Gallery that has a little something for everyone. It’s not breaking any boundaries, but it is worth checking out.
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