Unwilling, The. Notable Cast and Crew, Familiar Premise, Potential Deliverance.
Director: Jonathan Heap
Writer(s): Jonathan Heap, David Lipper
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Release Format: Blu-Ray, DVD, VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 24 min
After the death of a much despised patriarch, a mysterious box shows up during the reading of the will, forcing the family to reckon with each of their own deadly sins.
The Unwilling will release on May 1, 2018 by Vision Films. The Award-Winning Horror, Thriller is directed by Jonathan Heap, who also pens the script alongside Award-Winning Co-Writer and Co-Producer David Lipper (Frequency, 2017). Produced by Julia Verdin (2 Jacks, Rough Diamond Productions), Philip Morton (Amortals, Warner Bros.), and James Johnston (Zoom).
Dina Meyer (Saw, 2004)
Bree Williamson (A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, 2016)
Levy Tran (Furious 7, 2015)
Austin Highsmith (Scream: The TV Series, 2016)
Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1985)
Lance Henriksen (Aliens, 1986)
The Unwilling trailer catches your attention from the start. The visual concept reminds me of the Horror, Thriller directed by Ryan Bellgardt, Gremlin (2017), which we have reviewed. There are obvious differences. That being, Bellgardt’s film calls for an ancient evil creature, while Jonathan Heap’s film calls for a different evil entity of some sort. The clips of the trailer suggests the entity is of spiritual form.
Taking a look at the full synopsis:
The reading of a despised father’s will takes a twisted turn when a mysterious box arrives, tempting the surviving family members with their deepest, darkest desires. As the box’s mysterious hold on them increases, they turn on themselves and each other as they struggle to overcome the evil entity—possibly from their father—now looking for a new, living host on which to feed.
The Unwilling, Press Release.
Also, looking at both trailers, it is clear where my comparison lies. The Unwilling centers on the family members of the deceased Father Harris (Henriksen). Following his passing, a mysterious box delivers to the house of one of the family members. Suggested by the following clips, this box contains an evil entity that haunts and torments the family.
Based on the clips from the trailer, I can summarize that this is one box that the family should have never tampered with. However, let’s face it. We know how movies such as this go. Some things are better off left alone. Likewise, if the box isn’t opened, and that path is never trod, there wouldn’t be much of a movie.
The Unwilling, while familiar, has some interesting scenes as suggested by the trailer. I have named one film that struck my memory, but there are many films that coincide here. Delving into the paranormal, spiritual, and supernatural themes alone can bring up countless comparisons. In a time where these themes are among the new sensation in Horror cinema, just about every film that releases nowadays centers upon these themes.
With the film’s concept in mind, mysterious boxes and packages containing sinister secrets are also blossoming. It’s an interesting premise that opens much potential for a promising story. That’s half the battle. Now, it’s up to the production crew and cast to deliver the goods to make it a successful film and set it apart from the rest in its genre.
The cast has some of Horror’s best actors and actresses, so the performance deliverance should be up to par. This, when you compare like-minded films that uses a cast that’s limited on the talent needed to make a film strike with the audience. Second, and just as important, the production crew has notable names and talent in the industry compared to new directors and filmmakers who are just getting their start and have yet to establish their talent in the industry.
Heap’s film has the key ingredients necessary for potential success. What’s left to complete the puzzle is determining whether the finished product stands on its own in terms of originality and creativity, or if it’s so much like the rest in its genre, that it takes its place among the rest on the shelf.