The Reeds (2009) - After Dark Horrorfest 4

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 86 minutes - $19.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-04-18

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Nick Cohen
Writer(s): Chris Baker & Simon Sprackling (written by)
Cast: Anna Brewster, Will Mellor

Supplemental Material:

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

The Reeds, as it pertains to my reviews, was the final film I watched in the After Dark Horrorfest 4 series. I was hoping that the series would end with a bang, but instead the movie was dreadfully boring and the death scenes just plain sucked. I will be honest though, that when I received word I was going to be reviewing the series, I was quite excited. After watching all of them though, I feel really letdown by what used to be a somewhat scary and entertaining series.

A group of kids decide to go on a boating trip that turns out to be nothing like they dreamed oup. The group consists of like seven people, including but not limited to: Dean (Karl Ashman), Croker (Geoff Bell), Laura (Anna Brewster), Joe (Daniel Caltagirone) and Iím sure many others. Yes, this is a horror film so odds are you will hear their names once and thatís about it. Anyways, the dumb kids are celebrating graduating college or something along those lines and rent a boat near some reeds. Thatís when the trouble begins, as though strange things start happening.

First, they see a boat floating in the distance with a bunch of dead people on it and no crew. No wait sorry, they donít see that, but thatís my implication so yeah thatís what Iím putting down. Then they see some strange kids in the distance who run away when they shout at them. Magically somehow the boat drops anchor onto a rock and the crew is stuck surrounded by the creepy kids from the reeds (seriously). Amazingly enough, one of the crew is struck from the bottom of the boat and impaled on a spike and should be dead by all accounts yet manages to live for what appears to be a few hours. Some of the other stupid kids leave the boat to find the kids only to see that they are cooking another human being in the process and run back to the boat to try and save the rest of the friends. Yes, this movieís plot is so inane that I just described to you the first forty minutes or so in two paragraphs. Stuff happens, the idiot college kids die off one by one, and then more boring stuff happens.

Yeah this movie was quite painful to watch. Iím so sick and tired of the horror films that have stupid kids who react so poorly and think that they can save the love of their life that is burning in a fire after being impaled by a giant piece of wood. Whatís the point? I was able to successfully guess the order that everyone was going to die in this ďhorrorĒ film, and not once did I think I would be wrong the entire duration. Thereís just no actual horror here in my opinion, as though the plot turn is non-existent and the fun just isnít here like it is (somewhat) in the other films in the series.

The characters, just to make this review seem longer, are boring and mundane. Oh no, my love has been impaled by a giant piece of wood. Oh no, there are people eating others in the reeds. Oh no, we are all really stupid and going to act as irrationally as possible in an effort to save each other yet let one another die one by one until weíre all dead. Most films usually have a script supervisor, a script person, or someone who does a combination of the two jobs mentioned. Here, it seems like they threw the script out the window and the movie was adlibbed the entire time.

The Reeds is a disappointing end to a disappointing After Dark Horrorfest 4. If you are really interested in these movies, go pick up the first series from a few years back. I enjoyed those and they actually had a few scary moments and decent plot twists.


Ha, bet you thought there would be something here, right?


The daytime shots, of which there arenít that many, look wonderful. Then we get to the same problem almost every other film in this series has: the night time ones. I mean seriously people, grain is a problem. I donít know of anyone in my circle of close-knit friends that enjoys watching movies that make it seem like the screen is moving, but if I did, this entire series would be gifted to them. Dark scenes look tremendously awful while the bright scenes look good. Grain, as always, is a problem, but then again after reading 8 of these reviews itís something you and I have both come to expect.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 sounded decent for some of the scenes, but then flounders when the big action scenes happen. The boat exploding sequence sounded dull and muffled, which ticked me off to no end. When a dang ship explodes people, I should be jumping out of my seat when my surrounds go off. Instead, no, I get some lame-arse explosion that sounds horrible in my ears that made me think I had muted the dang stereo system. Dialogue levels were mostly good throughout the movie, although I did tweak it a few times once the action sequences, all two of them, were done.


The Reeds is a decent horror story, but it misses out on the horror part and the story part all together. Then again, after writing that, I guess itís not really a decent horror story after all. Oops, anyways, the technical package is slightly better than a few in the series but the lack of extras make these Reeds worth nothing more than a nightly visit.