End of the Line Review

8 out of 10 Skulls
Written by: Meh   

Its been a good week for me. I started off with watching Jack Brooks Monster Slayer and now I have a new review for End of the Line a Canadian Horror film that appears to have no US distribution which really is a shame. Its a unique take on an apocalyptic tale and it seems that only us canadians will get to enjoy it for the time being.

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.

The film is truly unique and despite its obviously limited budget it is very well shot with lots of practical effects and some fantastic writing that makes for a very creepy and fun experience. The concept is simple... a cult is out to bring about end of days and a rag tag group of people find themselves stuck in the subway and must try and survive. But is the cult really the bad guys? Or is there more to this big evil story?

The writing is really well done and it was nice to have a fresh take on the apocalyptic angle. The film focuses on the characters and story much more then it does the gore factor but no question at times the movie is pretty sick. There is a particular 'family cult' moment that is sure to open your eyes and perhaps turn your stomach. Although the carnage is limited it is for the most part well done and the practical FX they used instead of CGI really add to the feel of the film. Watching it reminded me of George Romero's Day of the Dead in how it was shot.

The film is really quite fantastic and defines for me what good direct to dvd horror should be. Limited budget but well shot, well written and very well directed. They chose their location perfectly for the film meaning we get a fantastic movie on a limited budget that looks and feels as big as a hollywood stable film. If you like end of the world horror tales you will truly love this movie. I strongly encourage you all to check it out.

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