Megan Gallagher and family move into a new house, and very soon things start to go wrong.It seems that there is a race of little creatures, the “Huldre,” living under the earth, and they playincreasingly nasty pranks. Their central target is Gallagher’s young daughter, who at first isdelighted to befriend the creatures. Malcolm McDowell, slumming for another paycheck, plays apsychiatrist who sees the child’s case as his ticket to glory.
The plotting is sloppy, the character… unconvincing, and the payoffs completely predictable.The creature vary from decent in long-shot to stiff and rubbery in close-up, and the size of themonsters keeps changing. Finally, the film resembles nothing so much as a typical network TVhorror movie from a couple of decades ago.
Plenty of surround activity from the music score (again reminding one of the habits oftelefilms), but there isn’t much surround otherwise. Virtually every time there might be a thepossibility for some good sound effect deployment, the music is present and overpowering. The2.0 soundtrack is certainly serviceable enough, however.
The fullscreen image is soft and prone to digital artifacting. The colours are decent enough,and the blacks are very deep, but the transfer is generally unexciting and drab to look at. Still,grain is kept to a minimum.
Nothing here but trailers for Blast, Contagion and Hallow’s End. Themain screen of the menu is scored.
You’ve definitely been down this road before, and there really isn’t much point in taking itagain.
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