Hotel of the Damned, Survival Horror Served Well Done
Hotel of the Damned Film Details
Director: Bobby Barbacioru
Release Date: October 20, 2016 (Romania)
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
After a near fatal car accident, and stranded in the middle of nowhere, a group of travelers find themselves in an abandoned hotel deep in the Carpathian Mountains.
Their bad luck becomes a nightmare when they discover that in the cavernous remains of the hotel live a race of sub-human cannibalistic creatures.
Hotel of the Damned has released in October, 2016. Bobby Barbacioru directs this Action-packed Romanian Horror. Luca Bercovici and Paul Petcu penned the screenplay.
The story follows ex-con Jimmy (portrayed by Peter Dobson). Released from prison he reunited with his good friend, Nicky (portrayed by Louis Mandylor). Together they go on a search for Jimmy’s estranged daughter, Eliza (portrayed by Roxana Luca).
Eliza, rebellious young woman dates a junkie named Bogdan (portrayed by Bogdan Marhodin).
After a car accident the group find themselves stranded in the middle of the forest. They haste to find the closest shelter and soon stumble upon a nearby abandoned hotel. The group decided to take shelter for the night. Soon its discovered they are not alone.
A community of cannibals occupy the hotel. The group spend the rest of the night fighting to stay alive.
Originality/Redefining: Hotel of the Damned has a great central idea. Cannibalism in Horror cinema is still taboo. The territory promotes a great deal of curiosity in audiences, and this is exhilarating. I am always excited to see a cannibal film.
Practical Effects: The cannibal makeup effects in Hotel of the Damned is superb. It takes me back to the original classics of the circuit, but with a more dark and modern twist.
Plot: Hotel of the Damned has potential, but for a cannibal film, it has very little emphasis on Cannibalism. There’s really only one brief cannibalistic scene in the film.
And, if I am watching a film about Cannibals, I expect to see cannibalism. Otherwise, I am just watching another cat-and-mouse film.
Cannibalism in Horror cinema is like the underbelly of the genre. It’s taboo, but it’s still accepted and promotes some excitement among audiences. The central theme is what makes it, to this day, unique.
When I think of films with Cannibalism theme, I think of Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, and The Hills Have Eyes. Maybe it’s the changing of the decades. The new generation of directors and filmmakers impacting cinema entertainment.
However, there seems to be a constant trend in the Horror circuit. Nowadays, there’s violence, and depravity but not enough genuine Horror to stimulate the mind.
Bobby Barbacioru’s Hotel of the Damned is a big on Action, Suspense, and Thriller. Little emphasis on Cannibalism.
Hotel of the Damned will release to the US December 2016 by Uncork’d Entertainment.
Closing ThoughtRating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive