Storage 24: DVD and Blu-ray Featured

Monday, 29 October 2012 15:50 Written by 

Storage 24 - out on Blu-ray and DVDSelf storage. Not the most gripping arena for a horror film, you might think. Lock it down, throw in an eight foot, snarling, slobbering alien and some angst-ridden characters, and you have “Storage 24”. The concept comes from Noel Clarke (“Kidulthood”, Doctor Who), who also produces and co-stars, along with Laura Haddock (“The Inbetweeners Movie”) and Ned Dennehy (“Tyrannosaur”, Parade’s End).

Charlie (Clarke) is visiting the storage warehouse with his best mate Mark (Colin O’Donoghue – “The Rite”). Charlie’s girlfriend Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes – “Albert Nobbs”) has just split up with him and dumped their stuff in storage. Charlie tries to save their relationship but then a plane inconsiderately falls out of the sky, and its deadly cargo goes on the hunt. The power falters, the security shutters come down and escape seems impossible.

I am in a bit of a quandary about this movie. It has as many strengths as it has weaknesses. On the plus side, the action is often tense, the special effects are impressive and the music by Christian Henson (“Severance”, “Triangle”) really sets the scene. There are some exciting and humorous set pieces, such as when Dennehy’s wayward character squares up to the beast, and when Charlie searches through the facility’s units for weapons, delighting in his discovery of a machine gun that sadly turns out to be a toy.

All is not rosy, however, as the characters and their relationships with one-another grate a lot. The character of Nikki (Haddock) is an island of hope amongst a sea of misery, as the others bicker and stab each other in the back at every opportunity. Charlie does at least go through an arc (albeit a predictable one), and ends up some distance removed from his pathetic, despondent starting point.

The setting is both a boon and a curse. The identikit rows of secure units form bland, lengthy, metallic corridors, but on the inside they contain all manner of interesting objects, and the ducts in between them provide some claustrophobic crawlspaces for the protagonists to hide in.

The creature is actually a man in a suit, combined with a superimposed, CGI head. You would not know it from the quality of the motion, the detail of his suit and the expert blending of the computer graphics. Robert Freeman, who started out in life as a costume designer, brilliantly captures the alien’s personality and menacing movements. It might not look like the most original monster ever devised, but it certainly has an imposing presence.

In the end, the glum characters almost prove the film’s undoing, but against the odds the high quality of the production lifts it out of the doldrums and offers up plenty of scares for horror fans. Oh, and watch out for the yappy dog toy; it effortlessly steals the scenes it appears in!

Special features include:

  • Commentary by Noel Clarke and Johannes Roberts
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Day in the Life of Noel Clarke
  • A Day in the Life of Colin O'Donoghue
  • Photo Gallery
  • On Storage Set Featurette
  • Creature Development Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Look and Costume Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Music and Sound Design Featurette (Blu-ray only)
  • Weekly Blogs - Noel Clarke (Blu-ray only)
  • Weekly Blogs - Laura Haddock (Blu-ray only)
  • Weekly Blogs - Antonia Campbell Hughes (Blu-ray only)
  • Scene Commentaries by Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell Hughes & Colin O'Donoghue x 4 (Blu-ray only)

 

There is no gag reel, but what you do get is well produced, with the highlight being Laura Haddock’s blog. It is a perfect lesson on how not to keep a straight face on camera! This review covers the Blu-ray version of the movie, which features exquisitely clean and detailed picture quality, and rich audio. The extra bonus content also helps to justify the additional outlay.

“Storage 24" (2012) is out now, courtesy of Entertainment One. The main feature has a running time of 87 minutes approx, carries a ‘15’ certificate and retails for £12.99 on DVD, £15.99 on Blu-ray, or less from www.culttvstore.com

Last modified on Monday, 29 October 2012 16:08

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