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Riski, Pete (Director)
Dark Floors (DVD)
Released: 2008, Lions Gate
Lordi and a horror movie go together like peanut butter and chocolate and DARK FLOORS is billed as ‘The Lordi Motion Picture’. This Finnish production came out several years ago and it quite a simple, streamlined horror movie. The production is very good and the soundtrack is creepy as well, it’s not all just songs from Lordi albums, it is much more atmospheric than that.
The movie starts right away, not too much in the way of character development, the movie dives right into the main problem, namely a man and his daughter are trying to get out of a haunted hospital. They are joined in their quest to escape by a few other people and who are also trying to find a way out. The elevators don’t work and as they descend further by the stairs, floor-by-floor the situation gets stranger, more complicated and more dangerous. The band Lordi do have a role as the ghostly, evil creatures haunting the hospital but they are not the main focal point all the time, they are seen relatively rarely, which adds to the shock effect when they appear. The way the band has been integrated into the Special Effects makes for a superior look to the film, it is not just the band members tromping around in their rubber costumes yelling ‘Boo!’. The look is far darker and more sinister than in their videos for example. I won’t spoil the plot but there are a few metaphysical points and a few nice kills. Although the movie is rated ‘R’, the violence and gore is minimal compared to some splatter films.
The version I bought on DVD is the Ghost House Underground series, a single disc with a simple two-page booklet of advertising. The movie comes with a number of bonus features including two Lordi videos, some footage and a live Lordi performance from the World Premier of DARK FLOORS some behind the scenes stuff and a Directors commentary with Mr. Lordi joining in.
I’m a horror movie fan and a Lordi fan so this is a natural addition to my collection and DARK FLOORS is one of the better Metal/horror crossover projects I’ve seen.
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