Written By: FZ
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Dennis Bartok
Producer: Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell
Screenwriters: Tom Abrams, Dennis Bartok
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Shauna Macdonald as Dana Milgrom
Steve Wall as Steve Milgrom
Leah McNamara as Gemma Milgrom
Ross Noble as Trevor
Richard Foster-King as Eric Nilsson / Nails
Robert O’Mahoney as Dr. Ron Stengel
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A mother, Dana, who is a track coach survived a car accident that left her paralyzed and forced to communicate via computer program. Being trapped in the hospital room, she begins experiencing malevolent ghosts which people around her thought that she was experiencing mental breakdown. Her marriage starts to disintegrate while convincing the doctors and staff that Nails is real and has been tormenting her.
The movie has moderate gore, not so much blood and guts. It showed scenes of persistent, sustained threat of physical, sexual and spiritual harm and a jogger who was hit by a car with cuts and bruises to face, torso and limbs. There was that character has clearly returned from the dead appearing as ghost.
The Grave Review
Nails (2017) is a horror flick that tries to tick off all the boxes in what makes horror works. Unfortunately, it got caught in the limitations of whatever constraints the film has and it offered nothing new and is instantly forgettable.
Cinematography is a challenging work in an atmosphere of being confined in one place which Is the hospital. Hopewell Hospital has all the usual haunted house hooks, hiding a low-budget production in its standard assortment of dimly lit rooms, cobwebbed corridors, and peeling wallpaper. Hopewell is scandalously understaffed considering its considerable campus, yet atmosphere earns an adequate grade for being engaging despite also being unremarkably routine.
Nails, the ghost himself is a decent horror creation and as expected created some jumpy scares along the way. Tension and suspense play a long way into making a successful horror movie and this helps by showing Nails so early in the movie.
While the movie is struggling to thicken the plot, the filmmakers have found it appropriate to add the idea of the husband having an affair. At any point in the movie, not anyone really cares.
Overall, the movie has predictable plotting, dull dialogue, slim scope, and other substandard stylings.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Nails (2017) two and one-half graves out of five graves.
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