Movie Review: THE UNSPOKEN
THE UNSPOKEN was written and directed by Sheldon Wilson and stars Jodelle Ferland, Neal McDonough, Sunny Suljic, Pascale Hutton, Anthony Konechny, Jonathan Whitesell, Jake Croker, Lochlyn Munro and Chanelle Peloso.
In 1997 the close-knit Anderson family vanished from their country home without a trace without an explanation. No bodies were ever found and for 17 years the house has remained undisturbed…until now. A sinister tale of haunting and murder, THE UNSPOKEN is a refreshing twist on the horror genre just in time for Halloween.
The opening scene takes place back in 1997 and shows the viewer a terrifying event that happens to the Anderson family and then it fast forwards 17 years later when this haunted house gets a new family that moves in. Jeanie (Pascale Hutton) and her young son Adrian (Sunny Suljic) move into the old house and end up hiring Angela (Jodelle Ferland) as a babysitter for Adrian who is also a special needs child. Let’s just say that he doesn’t communicate well and just leave it at that. All of the locals know about this old house and have considered it to be cursed so it’s been off limits for years but Angela needs the money so she takes the gig. Angela instantly hits it off with Jeanie and Adrian who appear to be a normal mother and son, but you know what they say, appearances can sometimes be deceiving.
It doesn’t take long for things to start getting dark for Angela who is protective over Adrian as things get grimm but the horror that this old house possesses inside isn’t the only thing she needs to be afraid of. There’s also Luthor (Anthony Konechny), Logan (Jonathan Whitesell) and Rodney (Jake Croker), three drugrunners/dopers who are up to no good and decide to break into the house because they have some “special interest” hidden inside and we’ll just leave that one alone. The house doesn’t like it’s intruders and more horrifying events begin to happen but this time it all comes with a crazy twist that the viewer doesn’t see coming. Needless to say, the finale takes the movie in an entirely new direction.
Bottom line is, The Unspoken ended up being a movie with lots of potential but it also had its flaws. The story was really good even though we get plenty of demonic/possessed child movies, but like I stated up top, this one comes with a twist. I know this was a low budget venture and Sheldon Wilson did a good job bringing this dark world to life but maybe there was a little too much going on in it. Maybe? To me, the haunted house element was the best part of the movie and maybe they should have just stuck with that instead of introducing more subplots to it. One thing is for sure, with the addition of what else is going on, this movie never slows down so there’s never a dull moment. The two biggest names are Jodelle Ferland whose character is the main focus and Neal McDonough who really isn’t in the movie much at all and that kind of surprised me. As far as the special effects go, there’s some impressive work to be witnessed here plus a little gore to go along with it. The movie will release in theaters and Digital HD on October 28th followed by a DVD reelase on December 6th.
Distributor: Starz Digital / Anchor Bay Entertainment
Run Time: 96 Minutes
Rated: Not Rated