Swedish filmmakers Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund have a film called "Wither" that is hitting the street today, Aug. 20, 2013. The film will also be available on VOD.
"Wither" is actually a bit more than a tribute, it's a Swedish remake of an American film. Is there something wrong with that? No, but read on.
A group of friends take a weekend trip into the woods to stay at a creepy substandard cabin. When they arrive at the cabin, there is no key to open the door. One of the guys sends one of the young ladies into the house through a window he found opened. He wanted her to go to the front door and scare the rest of the group. Before she goes to the door, she finds a door in the floor. Guess what she finds under the cabin. She finds an ugly ass demon.
Soon the group is feeding off each other. The film is literally covered in blood. Everyone chewing and spitting out their friends.
Ida and Albin are a happy couple. They set off to a cabin in the vast Swedish woodlands to have a fun holiday with their friends. But under the floorboards waits an evil from Sweden's dark past.
The dark past is a folktale that is never spoken of in the film. It is spoken of in the extra features. DO NOT watch them first, they are filled with spoilers.
I am now standing on a soapbox:
This is a good movie, I enjoyed it for what it is, a good remake of a better American film.
U.S. filmmakers have been remaking versions of Japanese films such as "The Ring" and "The Grudge" for years. We even remade the Swedes own "Let The Right One In." This last film was remade as "Let Me In."
The thing the U.S. didn't do was tell the world that the Japanese and Swedes make terrible films.
The DVD comes with a little booklet that tells about the film. At least it's supposed to tell about the film. What it does is rag all over our horror films of the last several DECADES! Apparently, we've been in a decades long 'rut.' They go on to say they must relay on films from other countries in Asia and South America to rip off their ideas for films. There is a lot more of the same kind of talk in the little booklet. The two filmmakers even take a pot shot at American film goers. Our teenagers have their cell phones fused to their heads. OK, a bit of truth there, but not much and still rude.
I found the film good. However, the Swedes do themselves a disservice by bad mouthing the whole horror industry of the United States. Bad form guys, bad form.
In conclusion, the plot of this film is pretty much the same plot as Raimi's "The Evil Dead." The demons, especially the original one, rock. The cast is full of beautiful men and women who can hold their own in the acting department.
Regardless of what the filmmakers, Laguna and Wiklund think, throwing buckets and buckets of blood onto an actor playing a demon does not a horror film make.
Three stars for effort, next time can you maybe actually write your own script and not borrow from other countries, and then accuse that country of doing what you just did?
My soapbox is back in the storage shed, I'm ready for whatever the Swedes or anyone else has to say, I stand by my review, good movie, but the filmmakers need to engage their brain before putting their mouth in gear.
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