Friday 15 December 2017

Storing a monster problem

Paul Whitington

(16, general release, 87 minutes)

Director: Johannes Roberts Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Laura Haddock, Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell-Hughes

HHIII

The second of this week's films to suffer from a serious monster problem, Johannes Roberts' Storage 24 is a brisk and breezy horror film that does a few things right, and a lot of things wrong.

It all kicks off in a storage warehouse on the edge of London, where the staff emerge from the night shift to discover that a military plane has crashed nearby. Something has escaped from the wreckage, and lodged itself in the facility's cavernous basement.

Enter Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Mark (promising Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue), who have come to the storage warehouse to find Charlie's girlfriend, Shelly (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), who's leaving him and is now separating their stored possessions.

This domestic dispute will shortly be disturbed by the activities of a carnivorous alien, who swoops down from the ceiling vents to feast on human innards.

Which is fair enough, I suppose, and director Roberts establishes his tension reasonably well.

But the old monster is risible, a fanged giant that partly resembles the creatures from District 9, but looks more like a reject from Doctor Who.

The creature makes the whole thing impossible to take seriously, and highlights the difficulty of making horror films without a budget.

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