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Long Time Dead (not on DVD release yet in the USA) surprised me as I was expecting typical slasher fare, but instead I got a decent horror romp that hits all the right high notes (you know, eeeekkkk!). While it’s not hugely original in its use of horror conventions, it plays the story out with gusto and does its best to inject some new ideas into the “friends being stalked by monster” format. The story follows a group of friends who live together in a shabby London house, who go out clubbing one night and decided to create a makeshift ouija board to contact the dead for a laugh. You know, a typical Friday night out. Things get a bit freaky as the contacted entity tells them they’re all going to die, and shortly afterwards they begin to pop their clogs as predicted. As the movie advances we discover that one of the friends, Rob, has a Dad who was a ouija-board fanatic that inadvertently summoned a Djinn many years previously. The present-day ouija board tomfoolery allowed it back into the world so it can take revenge on all and sundry. Much searing of flesh follows.

This is director Marcus Adams’ feature film debut and it proves that he has a competent understanding of the horror genre. He often implies more than he shows of the gory deaths: which is a great trick to generate suspense, and it has benefits for a director on a tight budget. All the actors are fresh, and put in solid performances. I quite liked the fact the story revolved around a Djinn, which is an angle not used much before. Perhaps it was the fact that I’d just watched the disappointing Deathwatch that I enjoyed Long Time Dead. It’s certainly a good example of a slasher horror, and I think that Adams could have the potential to be a decent director in the future. While looking up the credits I noticed that Eitan Arrusi wrote the screenplay, and his only other credit is writing for the abysmal Sky One (UK) TV show Is Harry on the Boat? I shouldn’t be surprised because if you had to write about the hijinks of British twenty-somethings on holiday abroad, then you might want to write a horror movie in which you get to kill a lot of them in new and inventive ways. It sounds like positive therapy to me.

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