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Shudder can’t get enough praise for the tasty selection of movies they bring to horror fans, from cult classics and old gems to platform-exclusive modern and original movies. Shudder’s originals have tended to be solid most of the time, and even some of the weaker efforts represent a good time for horror fans looking for their filler. Their most recent feature, Stay Out Of The F *** Attic, directed by Jerren Laudert, meets high expectations in the title alone. Absent from “F ****”, it sounds like a seedy shlocker from the late 70s and early 80s. With “F ***”, you have to expect an incredible horror movie: there is a direct warning and a swear word in the title.

It’s a horror movie, and that can be said, more or less. Stay out of the attic It’s a hauntingly bland feature of a haunted house with a no-nonsense Nazi scientific angle that can’t provoke a single scare or live up to what the wild name and plot promise. A team of 4-person writers made up this story about a trio of moving ex-cons who take a job in a huge old house owned by a creepy old man who turns out to be a Nazi scientist still conducting inhumane genetic experiments. By all accounts it sounds exciting, but we’re presented with a low-budget, assembly-line horror, executed in a hollow fashion, set in an old Victorian home with creep potential that is shamefully not used.

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We open with spooky shots of the mansion, pleasantly reminiscent of something from a scarier movie. Several seconds later, he suspects a truly spooky journey is coming.

The moving people arrive, already discouraged by the strange sensation of the next excursion. Schillinger (Michael Francis) is the owner of the regrettable Second Chance Moving Company, assisted by his team of ex-cons, Carlos (Bryce Fernelius) and Imani (Morgan Alexandria).

The trio with a troubled past meet the strange old owner Vern (Michael Flynn), who speaks with a vague European accent. That can not be good.

Unlike working, Schillinger, Carlos, and Imani are open about the troubled pasts they are leaving behind. Carlos is a former heroin addict who cares deeply for his daughter. That’s clear when he mentions his daughter multiple times in a matter of minutes. After Carlos sees a swastika tattoo on him, Schillinger becomes honest about his time in the Aryan brotherhood, which he had to join in prison for “protection.” He has overcome that, as Imani assures Carlos. Although skeptical, Carlos quickly forgives Schillinger’s Nazi customs and agrees to continue working for him in the scary old house where they do almost nothing. Imani … doesn’t she seem to have a lot of past?

The crew soon realizes that strange things are happening in the house. Vern breaks into the Nazi scientist’s trick and his “creatures” are shown. Schillinger, Carlos and Imani are now in the middle of a fight for their lives.

Stay out of the attic It apparently wants to deliver some message about growing up beyond checkered pasts and breaking psychological ties with a hateful ideology, but it also wants to be a film about exploitation and the creature about a Nazi surgeon who stores his murderous mutants in an attic. The inclusion of the attic in the title is not necessary and perhaps misleading, as we don’t see the attic until the end of the film, and the very house where it is set, which is ready for a paranormal cooler, is hardly used in favor. of operating table antics like Saw, standard shots of foggy basements, and green-lit bathroom scenes.

My big question is, why wear this gigantic and inherently creepy Victorian style if the house plays no role in the horror? No creepy tricks in the hallway. No chills. No scares, in general.

During the first 20 minutes of Stay out of the attic There is no action other than the arrival of the crew. The characters melodramatically recount their turbulent pasts, clash a bit and hardly work. This is a mixed bag of terrible engines. Fortunately, its dynamics are attractive enough to hold a slight interest. The dialogue isn’t thunderously funny or sharp, but the characters are all thoughtful and interesting, with dark layers in their own way, and all in all a cool team of people striving to be better people. Capturing mildly charming chemistry between people with demons is a nice touch of horror, but some relationship-building exercises, pranks, and personal revelations shouldn’t take up nearly half of a movie titled Stay out of the fucking attic, especially when there are no scares or concerns to feel during this stretch. I was forced to use the word “hunk”.

You can’t help but feel a little frustrated when the terror starts to show itself. Unfortunately, what follows is a series of run-of-the-mill horror revelations. Shock tactics like dirty hands crawling around corners. Trivial tricks like characters discovering a bunch of bloody teeth. An ineffective injection of a needle into the eye that is not shocking and looks silly. The initial appearance of the Nazi doctor monster is disappointing, but once the creature hangs, it grows on you, in a kind of “I appreciate that this big man with bad makeup is here.”

As the bargain bin antics take place, members of our gang on the move vow to rescue a victim from the Nazi doctor – a shy girl with a Siamese teenager, who is really sad to see. The actress carries what is visibly a mannequin on her back. The monster action shuts down in lieu of a future operation on the operating table, followed by a brutal and violent Nazi beating.

If, for whatever reason, you’re still achieving catharsis by watching Nazi characters get beaten up on the big screen, you might be having fun. Stay out of the atticEffort of the house of horrors. What could have been excessively funny or a good time is instead a boring and typical vehicle of torture and terror. Each of the characters has their depth, but with very little purpose in this adventure “trapped in the fun house of a Nazi surgeon.” Themes of demon hatred and overcoming are treated as hot keywords or character brownie spots rather than underlying forces that drive a story or make audiences think. A compelling backstory is appreciated for each hero, but it’s hard to worry when acting across the board is equivalent to that of a 1-season teen television drama on The CW.

Stay out of the attic It’s a new movie, and one with a spicy and promising concept, but it looks like part of a 30-movie horror collection you pulled out of Walmart’s $ 5 bargain bag in 2009. Follow the formula for every tasteless caught in a house where people are being tortured flick. The Nazi story is a cool twist, but when you’re not scared, laughing, or entertained, what’s the point? The Nazi doctor Vern could easily have been anyone psychotic, but the writing team had to turn him into a Nazi in order to force-feed us with the melodramatic narrative of our leader, Schillinger, growing beyond his ties to the Aryan brotherhood and work with a group. Diverse moving team. That might be poignant if it were packaged in a thrilling horror movie, but this knockoff of a knockoff offers no scares or new ideas. The passable dialogue takes place between a group of characters who are more interesting than most of the ones we see in horror, but who can’t pull off a frustratingly dull and unimaginative surprise without fuss. I’m summing it up as “if Lucio Fulci’s House By The Cemetery was remade with Saw’s influence, and it wasn’t good.”

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