Some people find horror matches its name; there’s music to make you jump by, there are women who seem incapable of doing much, blood, gore and a whole bunch of clichés.
On the other hand, there are those who love it. They love the jumps, love the tropes, love the blood, love the gore. If you find yourselves in this group, then “Open 24 Hours” is a film you should seek out.
A woman, let’s call her Mary, for that’s her name, played by Vanessa Grasse (“Leatherface”, “It Came From The Desert”), has been recently released from prison for setting her boyfriend on fire. Despite this, she has just got a job at a gas station.
Her boyfriend James, Cole Vigue (“iZombie (TV)”, “The 100 (TV)”), was a notorious serial killer who murdered 35 women and made Mary watch his final few killings, the press subsequently giving her the nickname ‘The Watcher’.
The ordeal has left Mary a nervous wreck, suffering from paranoia, delusions and hallucinations. She also hates phones and the rain, because James would call her whenever he was about to kill someone, and that was when it was raining.
Despite being released, Mary isn’t 100% well, and is still seeing James everywhere, as well as people being murdered and all the stuff that lets writer and director Padraig Reynolds (“Rites Of Spring”, “Buried Alive (TV)”), flex his blood-oozing chops.
Whilst at her new job, and the graveyard shift she’s been given, her hallucinations are causing some issues, as are the mothers of James’ victims who blame her for their daughters’ deaths.
Her friend Debbie, Emily Tennant (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (TV)”, “Reset (Short)”), drops her off at her new job, whilst Bobby, Brendan Fletcher (“Arrow (TV)”, “The Revenant”), who is just finishing his shift, has to check-in on her occasionally as she’s new.
That just leaves Tom, Daniel O’Meara (“Ironclad”, “Here Lies”), Mary’s parole officer who claims not to care about her, but his actions tell a different story.
Naturally, this being a horror film, James isn’t a hallucination, an issue at the jail means he and some other inmates, have escaped. He’s tracked Mary down, we don’t know how, and wants her to be part of his latest killings.
Whilst Open 24 Hours may not be the most original film you’ll ever see, for a horror film, it’s a decent example. Sure there are some eye-roll moments and some “why don’t they just…” moments, but there are plenty of jumps, plenty of gore and the sound is glorious in its rain-falling, hammer-thumping-ness.
FrightFest Presents presents Open 24 Hours on Digital HD from July 20th
20th July 2020
THE QUICK SELL
After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire, a paranoid delusional woman gets a job at an all-night gas station.