Mine Games – a horror/suspense flick that unfortunately featured no mutant mole people, but I think you’ll be satisfied with the replacement! Okay, so, spoiler alert: I loved it! The basic premise of the film
(note the lack of moles) is that a group of friends are going camping in a cabin. Shortly after arriving they come across an abandoned mine. They decide to explore the dark tunnels, because those are the types of decisions that drunken twenty-somethings make. The group makes a shocking discovery which turns their excitement into fear as they are hunted by a mysterious force and must work together to escape the mine alive.
So I’ll be honest. After reading the premise I didn’t have really high hopes for this movie. I was kind of expecting some sort of weird monster or The Hills Have Eyes style flick. What I got was more of a Rubik’s Cube. (A mind game, if you will.) Due to my low expectations, I did spend the first run through of the movie being overly critical, perhaps even to the point of being cynical. I heckled the decision to have the token earthy chick be a medium. (It seemed a little too convenient, given the Blair Witch scenario. Naturally while in this mode of thought I noticed that the film does have a lot of the standard poor horror movie decision making that we all know and love. (Example: Oh there’s something horrifying in the mine! We should probably go back.)
Generally, though, I only have good things to say about the movie. It didn’t rely on the musical escalations or jump scares from popular modern cinema. It instead relied on my favorite – good old fashioned story telling. The score was appropriate and well done. Honestly, for the first portion o the film prior to the discovery there was nothing to indicate that anything sinister was ahead, and I LOVED the fact that every element, down to the music being played, conveyed this perfectly. The characters were more reasonably fleshed out and were more believable than I would have expected them to be, which was part of what made the movie enjoyable.
Although when I look back there were plenty of signs, I didn’t see the explanation coming in the slightest prior to the big reveal. I was still trying to figure out details, even after the major details had been delivered. I am very impressed at how well all of the details were woven together into a story that remained cohesive. All in all I’d say that the movie was remarkably well done and is one of my favorites so far this year.
Director Richard Gray and writers Robert Cross, Michele Davis-Gray, Richard Gray, and Ross McQueen did an excellent job with a limited budget. I’m eager to snag my own copy when this movie is released on September 16!