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Flick finds Isaac (Ludovic Hughes) and his pregnant wife Emma (Sophie Stevens) returning to his Norwegian birthplace after the death of his mother. Isaac and his mother fled the home when he was a boy and now local Sheriff Renate (Barbara Crampton) tells him that his father was actually murdered and the case is still open. The worst is yet to come, though, as there is something strange in the waters around this island and Isaac and Emma may be in great danger.

Creepy yet tedious flick is directed by Andy Collier and Toor Mian based on their script and story, which is itself based on a short story by Paul Kane and the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is moody and visually atmospheric, but something is missing, as it never really grabs us. Maybe it’s because we never really endear to Isaac and Emma, who aren’t especially likable, so we don’t get emotionally invested once things start to get weird. The film is also paced like a funeral and even a slow burn needs some kind of flow to keep us interested. The flick is also predictable and leads exactly where one expects it to go. Nothing comes as a surprise. Maybe that’s it. The film is so gloomy from the start that we know from the first frames that it is not going to end well for this young couple, no matter what the backstory or reasons for the spooky goings on turn out to be. It tries hard and has a bit of a Lovecraftian feel, and you can’t completely hate a flick that has Barbara Crampton chewing up the scenery in a Norwegian accent. There was a good movie in here somewhere, but Andy Collier and Toor Mian can’t seem to find it.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating