I'm always at least
kind of interested to get my hands on foreign horror. And that
Ghost House thought it worth including in their Ghost House Underground
collection makes it doubly worth note.
Ghost House Underground,
so far, has not been a huge disappointment. Oh, sure, there are
no big standout titles yet, and frankly, Brotherhood of Blood
was not my first choice for fun Friday night viewing, but then
I personally have a problem with vampire movies anyway, especially
those that act like they're just huge LARPs and everyone wants
to play freaking Clan Ventrue.
a different matter. First, it's RUSSIAN. Not a whole lot of movies
come out of the former Evil Empire these days, so each one is
sort of a red-letter day all by itself. Especially when you consider
other Russian fare like Night Watch and Day Watch.
And what they'll be
putting up is would be at least marginally interesting for an
American release, so double bonus kudos to the Russians on this
one. It's basically your standard hack-and-slash sort of affair,
with a bunch of bank robbers and their hostages plunging into
the dark of an abandoned subway system (who knew Russia had subways?)
and running afoul of a lunatic who kills pretty much anyone he
comes across. So you've got lots of dark and claustrophobic action
going on in here, and that's seldom not a bad thing.
There will be those
that say that Trackman is a bit on the repetitive side, and I
can't blame them. You start seeing the same walls and the same
shadows and the dark and such moving around for a while and it
gets to looking familiar. Maybe too familiar. But that's really
an issue of personal preference; I don't have much of a problem
with seeing a lot of the same scenery as long as something interesting's
going on IN that scenery. Trackman does have quite a bit of that.
I debated telling you
about this part because, frankly, it's a pretty large part of
the plot, but knowing what I know about this sort of thing you
might be pretty upset if I DON'T tell you. This serial killer?
He's got a thing for EYES. As in, he'll be removing them. Messily.
Frequently. I happen to be pretty squeamish when it comes to the
eyes, and I KNOW I'm not alone in that, so if you've got a thing
about eye gouging like I do, well, you may want to stay away from
The ending will actually
manage to bring things full circle in a surprisingly cogent fashion,
and even will go so far as to twist just a bit. Oh, and stick
around during the credits for some creepy kids' drawings that
will even manage to give a bit of insight on the whole "eyes"
thing. Bonus points for that.
The special features
include audio options, English and Spanish subtitles, and trailers
for Saw V, Punisher: War Zone, Trackman, Dance of the Dead, No
Man's Land: Rise of the Reeker, The Substitute, Brotherhood of
Blood, Dark Floors, The Last House in the Woods, and Room 205.
All in all, I'm fairly
satisfied with Trackman. It's certainly not the best thing I've
seen lately, nor is it ever going to be a contender for a place
on any of my best-of-ever lists. But it should prove to be at
least a half-decent rental for the night, and you can't ask a
whole lot more out of a longshot import title.
Directed by Igor Shavlak
Written by Valeriy Krechetov
Starring Svetlana Metkina, Dmitry Orlov
Produced by Valery Krechetov
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