The Mooring (2013)

The Mooring DVD coverVerdict: 5 ( Rental )

Premise: A group of girls who are too distracted by modern technology are taken on a boating / camping trip into the Idaho wilderness to learn how to live without their mobile devices and social media. Ironically, these girls begin to literally die without their phones when they are attacked by a serial killer couple.

Mini Review: “The Mooring” has all the makings of a great slasher-in-the-woods movie, and it’s heart-breakingly close to being an incredible film. The recipe is simple: All you need is a crazed killer (or two), stalking and slashing undeserving campers in the woods. “The Mooring” has this part of the equation right, but after an attention-getting opening scene, this film turns into an after-school special for the first 25 minutes, until it remembers that it’s a horror film again. “The Mooring” is a tonal mess: It has sappy music, heart-to-heart moments between the girls and their leaders and creative montages. And when the killing begins, the film doesn’t keep the pace and build on its suspense. It loses steam and momentum and therefore, our attention. I suspect the filmmakers were attempting to make something more than a run-of-the-mill horror film, which I admire, but in their failed attempt, they’ve ended up with a sub-par run-of-the-mill horror film. Even so, “The Mooring” still has teeth; a few kills are brutal, but the first one is my favorite. I would also note that the best performance in the film is by the camp director named Nancy, played by Hallie Todd, who was also one of the screenwriters. “The Mooring” is worth checking out, but prepare to be heart-broken by its potential.

Directed by Glenn Withrow. Starring Hallie Todd, Thomas Wilson Brown, Karli Blalock. Sub-genre: Slasher / Thriller. Runtime: 90 min. MPAA rating: R (for violence and terror). U.S. theater release: N/A. DVD release: February 12, 2013. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0005.

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