Forlorned, The Has Flat Story, Performances
Forlorned, The Film Details
Director: Andrew Wiest
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 86 min
A newly positioned lighthouse caretaker is haunted by a dark force and mysterious presence. Unlikely assistance is given to bring justice to the dark forces that lie within the lighthouse grounds.
Colton Christensen…………….Tom Doherty
Elizabeth Mouton……………….Amy Garrity
Larry Laverty……………………….Leo Passo
Robert Milo Andrus…………Captain Weston
Shawn Nottingham………….Benjamin Gray
Luke Dowler.……………………Harry Garrity
Is the current job market bringing you down? Have you started taking on “odd jobs” just to make ends meat? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions we have just the job for you!
We are looking for a lighthouse caretaker that doesn’t mind being haunted by a malevolent presence!
Our previous candidate, Tom Doherty, was lured to the island by an ad offering a job renovating the old lighthouse. What he didn’t know was that he was the only applicant. None of the locals wanted the job – no one dared. Isolated and alone, Tom soon discovered why.
Press Release Exceprt
The idea of a job interview to catch the viewer’s eye is a great take for a pitch but unfortunately, the film doesn’t quite conquer on entertaining like its press release.
I almost fell asleep while I was watching The Forlorned. I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters or the story. The abusive amount of visual effects distracted me. Even though the visual effects worked for a jump scare or to create a horrific shadow, when abused these effects without caring at all for the performances, pacing, and setting, well, it fails miserably and it can transform itself as a comedy. It feels cheap, and it feels like an attempt of using new technology as an exercise and not as a feature film ready to premiere.
There were some scary moments throughout the film, and although the film didn’t make me hungry for more, it had a disturbing vibe I liked, but I felt it’s difficult to love The Forlorned with so many special effects involved. It almost feels like you’re searching for something good to write about it.
The performances were bland, and the lead overacted in almost every scene or shot he was in. Furthermore, I must tell you the lead is in almost every shot of the film. At midway of watching the film, I got used to his performance and his fake facial expressions of panic but it felt like a comedy.
The hair and makeup department did an average job throughout the film, especially with Amy Garrity. She has the same style of hair in the present day as an adult as she had as a child during flashbacks! Ah! We need these artistic decisions when we don’t have that much information about the character, but when she is talking about her father and there are flashback sequences happening simultaneously, the director and art team could have been smarter than this. Amy isn’t keeping her hair perfect match as she did as a child. It’s like we’re watching Tomb Raider and in a flashback, Lara Croft has the same style of hair or two guns and a backpack…
This is such a problem for me because it’s like the production thinks the audience is stupid and need to understand that the person talking right now is Amy Garrity. This turned out to be the most problematic aspect where I laughed and thought “Oh, now I want to stop watching this.”
Since the cinematography is in the grey and green scale area, the minimum practical effects of blood splattered during the film even though they translate as death, they brought life to the screen. Thankfully.
The score doesn’t have an impact needed to help the film. There is no ambient music throughout the film but when the two songs roll, they felt close to what I wanted for this film. Too bad the cinematography wasn’t explored with it as it should. Although these many low points I keep writing about I must praise the use and abuse (pun intended!) of dolls as a background element for the creepy setting of the apartment where Tom is living. It did give a bad taste in my mouth while I was watching, so thanks for that. It is a compliment, don’t worry.
3. In Conclusion:
When I was watching the credits roll, I noticed that the film is based on Angela Townsend’s book and she is one writer for The Forlorned, so I wonder if actually, she’s happy about how the film turned out.
I know there’s effort here and there especially during the scary scenes and the third act but The Forlorned isn’t surprising or amusing, so if you’re expecting something new or refreshing, keep checking out the other titles on VOD.
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