badly named (tht title makes no sense that I could see) British
horror from 2008 that has wallowed in obscurity, Bane
is a film with a lot of problems, but one that really deserves
to be better known than it is. While a long way from a classic,
it’s a lot more interesting than a lot of the low budget
Brit Horror films of recent years that have somehow managed to
get highly publicised releases (Zombie Women of Satan?
Four young women awaken to find themselves locked in an electrified
cage, unable to remember anything about the past, including their
identities. It becomes clear that they are the subjects of a bizarre
experiment, with psychological torture high on the agenda. Worse,
a demented surgeon keeps appearing in the cage, carving a time
into their back that they will be killed at – and then returning
to slaughter them, unseen by the rest. As paranoia grows and the
bodies start to pile up, the survivors have to try to escape.
But they are not the only people being experimented on here –
there is also the strange, tentacled monster we see early on,
and in the final act, the film descends into chaotic madness as
the truth behind the experiments is revealed.
There are a lot of reasons to criticise Bane.
The film’s pacing is too slow – it could easily lose
thirty minutes – and the story development is too unfocused,
until the final revelations that are so ludicrous that they feel
like a bit of a slap in the face. It’s like writer/director
James Eaves couldn’t decide between making a Saw-like
torture shocker and a science fiction monsters movie, and so decided
to do both. Worse still, the final revelations suffer from shoddy
sound, making it a struggle to follow what is being explained.
And yet… I didn’t hate Bane. It’s
well crafted – not something you can say about a lot of
zero budget Brit films – and the performances are fairly
solid. It sounds a little insulting to say it feels like ‘a
real film’, but if you’ve seen the likes
of Men In Black –
The Dark Watchers, you’ll know what I mean.
I’m assuming this was shot with little money and a lot of
love, but the look of the film belies that to a large extent.
Eaves could, on the basis of this, make a good movie given a decent
While I can’t say that Bane is a lost classic,
it’s far from the worst film of its type out there. With
some judicious editing (directors shouldn’t really edit
their own films) and a more coherent finale, it could be something
special; as it is, it’s worth a look, though hardly essential
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