This is a strange movie. It’s actually based on a novel Les Emmurés, written by Serge Brussolo, and I say actually because it feels like some cheap milker. Mostly because it has several motives that seem very interesting like the concept of being walled in, strange murders, young hot female and a lot of mystery. If you add to this a very brutal opening sequence, you get something that sounds great but is actually barely watchable. So if you’re not particularly interested in the things I listed above, maybe you should skip this one. If you’re sticking with us, lets make the whole thing a bit more interesting with my favorite fun fact: H. H. Holmes. He’s a particularly nasty fellow who built Murder Castle, a building specifically designed in such a way that he can kill people in various ways. As you probably guessed this is a horror movie about a creepy architect who happens to be a serial killer. Production values are decent and this probably one of those movies that you will see playing on television in the middle of the night. Starring Mischa Barton and always sexy Deborah Kara Unger, the acting was average, along pretty much everything else.
Sam Walczak finally graduated and her father prepared a special gift for her: a demolition. Now an engineer, Sam is really excited to do this job because her father told her that if she does this, she will become a partner in his company. The building was designed by a strange architect that goes by the name of Malestrazza and it was a place of gruesome murders that took place several years ago…
You might wander what’s the thing that actually makes this movie good and for good reason, because that “thing” is hard to find. In the novel, Sam is actually as journalist trying to uncover what the fuck is going on on that cursed estate and I think that they should have left it like that. It just seems more plausible and it leaves more of attention to the mystery. And that mystery is the reason to watch Walled In. Cinematography was also relatively good, with a couple of amazing shots. Also, try not to get bogged down too much in all those things that could have been better. In the end, if you’re up for some claustrophobic and architectural thrills, check out this movie.
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Cast: Mischa Barton, Cameron Bright, Deborah Kara Unger, Noam Jenkins
Fun Stuff: The glowing symbol in the building lobby, made up of solid and broken lines, is the I Ching hexagram for Persevering. It is made by combining the symbols for Thunder and Wind.