The Waiting (2020)
Written by DMG
Edited By Grave Reviews Staff
Director: F.C. Rabbath
Producer: Adam Bertocci, F.C. Rabbath, et. al.
Writer: F.C. Rabbath
Date Released: Anticipated December 2020
Nick Leali as Eric
Molly Ratermann as Elizabeth
Larry Kastner as Manager
Michelle Feliciano as Michelle
Laura Altair as Sally
Jeff Mandel as Herbert
Rating = 3/5 Graves
The Waiting follows a young man named Eric (Nick Leali) who takes up a job at a nearby hotel. Eager to impress his new colleagues, he appears to be over-aggressive but at the same time ineffective at his pursuits. When he is told that there is one haunted room located in the hotel which is never able to be provided to guests, he gathers the courage to walk in the room tell the ghost to leave. However, what transpires is something neither Eric nor the ghost expected.
The Waiting does not incorporate any blood or gore. There are some scenes that involve jump scares and other startling moments; however, the film overall is tame in this respect.
The Grave Review
The Waiting is one film which takes an unexpected direction. The film originally presents itself as a paranormal horror film similar to films we have seen in the past. In fact, there are numerous references that pay homage to the The Shining. However, as the story progresses, Eric develops a love interest with the ghost that haunts room 101. Often, paranormal spirits and ghosts are seen as angry and evil entities. However, The concept in this film, creates a romantic aspect whereby Eric, a lonely person himself, starts to learn the ghost’s past and begins to develop feelings for her. The aspect is refreshing and something you may see in fan fiction. The “what if” aspect of creating horror romance in The Waiting is something people have thought of, but rarely produced a movie about. In this way, The Waiting was clever and heartfelt.
There were some negative aspects about the film. Other than the love interest in the film, there were some scenes which did not add to the story. In this way, you hoped the story would have created further development between characters, but much of the chemistry seemed rushed. The twists and turns equally felt forced to create additional aspects of the film. In addition, there were some inconsistencies with the post-production editing that felt choppy. Furthermore, some scenes were not very realistic particularly towards the end of the film. However, one point is clear. Whatever phone Eric was using has the best battery life that I have ever seen.
In respect to the performance of the cast, this is one film where the acting grows on you over time. In the beginning, the performances felt amateurish but as the film progresses, the acting, for whatever reason, improved. Nevertheless, the film quality and the scenes were well-shot.
Overall, The Waiting is a film which creates an enticing story line but leaves the viewer wanting more.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Waiting (2020) three graves out of five graves.
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