Director: Nick Cohen
Writers: Chris Baker/Mark Anthony Galluzzo
Producer: Simon Spracking
Starring: Will Mellor/Scarlett Alice Johnson/Geoff Bell/O.T Fagbenle
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 90 minutes
In "The Reeds," a weekend boating trip through the Norfolk Broads becomes a terrifying, deadly ordeal for six 20-something year old friends as they lose their bearings in the vast reedy tidewaters. The hope of survival and chance of escape diminishes as mysterious forces assault the lost and terrified group.
I love horror movies, especially British horror movies but I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this movie. The story was quite bad with a few plot holes in the mix and it’s quite predictable in places, you didn’t really care for the characters at all but the teenagers who lurk in the reeds were quite creepy. The timing is pretty slow and would leave you bored in some scenes. The acting wasn’t bad but it wasn’t really good either, there’s nothing I could say about any of the actors as none of them really stood out. The scenes weren’t executed well but there were one or two moments that were done okay. The cinematography was decent but the direction was all over the place, it was awful. Towards the end, I honestly thought that the director had no idea where to go with the movie and decided to just throw scenes here and there hoping that it would make the movie feel eerie…it just made it confusing.
I am aware that’s it’s a low budget movie and I know that this kind of story has been done before but it still could have been something good. I like the kind of horror movies that are twisted and hard to understand until the end when everything’s revealed and you’re left shocked. Unfortunately, The Reeds is twisted and hard to understand but has no big finale and you’re left with nothing explained. At the start, it felt like it was going to be something that was decent but then when they actually got on the boat, that’s when things started to go downhill. Some parts of the story were nonsensical and there were some questions unanswered. There was no character development to be seen anywhere at all and none of the actors were really convincing as their characters, they had one or two moments but other than that, none stood out and all were forgettable as soon as they were on screen. The movie isn’t anywhere near scary and it doesn’t know what it is. First it’s a slasher movie, then it’s a ghost movie and then it’s a slasher movie again, it wasn’t very stable. It tried to have a lot going on but failed to fill in the gaps and left you with questions. It mostly felt like things were happening for no reason. Sometimes, there were random hallucinations and illusions and weird moments that were never explained. When you tried finding the answers and you tried thinking “what if”, it made it worse as you just asked more questions and received no answers. There weren’t really any good scenes in the movie but the worst thing about the movie was how it ended. It was predictable yet nonsensical, you’ll see what I mean if you choose to see this movie.
I liked the location where the movie was filmed which is in the Norfolk Broads, it’s a shame it wasn’t put to good use. Overall though, it’s really below average. There’s nothing that will attract you to see this movie and there’s nothing that will make you think that it’s a decent horror movie.
It’s not good but it’s not disastrous. It could have been so much better given a little more time to the writing, instead we’re left with unanswered questions and a baffling story. Forgettable!
Reviewed by Dazz Camponi