Oh how I used to love Val Kilmer movies. His turn in Tombstone is fantastic, or take Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Of course, it’s been a while since he was in anything ‘big’, so he takes a turn on some smaller movies.
The Super sees him take his place alongside Patrick John Flueger (“The 4400 (TV)”, “Footloose”) who is Phil, a man who arrives at a big old creepy high-rise in New York to help about with maintenance and such like.
Phil brings with him his daughters Violet, Taylor Richardson (“A Most Violent Year”, “Easy Living”), and Rose, Mattea Conforti (“Power (TV)”, “3 Generations”), and a lot of baggage to boot. His wife having passed, Violet now sees Phil as the bad man whilst little, sweet Rose is, well, anything but.
Strange things are afoot in this New York City block though. It’s a creepy building to begin with but when jewelry music starts playing you know you’re in trouble. There’s blood, gore and a whole lot of scares in The Super.
Experienced writer John J. McLaughlin (“Black Swan”, “Parker”) is the man on scare duties and he weaves a wonderfully tight story that, whilst not without its problems, is quick, tense and will have you jumping out of your seat, if not skin.
There are some dead-ends, such as the story of building owner Mr. Johnson, Paul Ben-Victor (“Tombstone”, “Daredevil”), who has his very own creepy room. The reasons for it are revealed but then just left alone, never mentioned again.
The ending also feels a little rushed, though is open for sequels, but on the whole the script does what you want from a horror/thriller. It thrills and scares and generally creeps you out.