• Review: The Windmill (2016)

    From Mark R. Leeper@21:1/5 to All on Tue Oct 18 19:10:26 2016
    (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

    [Note: this review contains minor spoilers.]

    CAPSULE: Eight or so tourists, each flawed, take the
    same one-day sightseeing excursion from Amsterdam.
    When the bus breaks down they have to deal with friction
    among themselves and what may be a supernatural menace
    from a nearby windmill that may be a legendary evil
    place from folklore. Nick Jongerius co-produces,
    co-authors, and directs this rather enjoyable piece of
    horror being released in time for Halloween. The story
    has a strong feel of the old Amicus anthology films.
    There are not many Dutch horror films and this is one
    of the better ones. Certainly it beats that other Dutch
    "classic" THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. Rating: +2 (-4 to +4)
    or 7/10

    The bus driver says, "This isn't hell, it's Holland!" Well, it is
    actually some of both. That is the bus driver from a Happy Holland
    tour. The guests on the tour each seem to be coming from an
    unpleasant past. Each seems to have his own horrors to face. And
    the horrors they are facing seem to deal with different facets of
    the supernatural and may now connect to an evil windmill of

    Jennifer is a nanny from Australia until her employer finds out she
    is using false names to evade the law and her current employer is
    going to turn her over to the police. She attacks him and escapes.
    She decides to hide from the police for a day by taking a one-day
    tour to see the Dutch countryside. She is just one of eight people
    on the tour and flashbacks tell us that most have something to
    hide. It may be odd to have so many such people on one tour bus.
    But the supernatural may be taking a hand in the proceedings.

    The whole feel of THE WINDMILL could have fit rather comfortably
    with the British horror films of the late sixties and early
    seventies. In fact, the whole story could have been the connective
    tissue of an Amicus anthology film of that period. The only
    feature of THE WINDMILL to tell us we are in the 21st century is
    that Amicus avoided using blood, and THE WINDMILL has the graphic
    style and the gore that has become common in horror films. It also
    has sequences to please the fans of the slasher genre.

    THE WINDMILL was directed by Nick Jongerius and written by Chris W.
    Mitchell, Suzy Quid, and Jongerius. Jongerius also co-produced the
    film as he co-produced FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY.

    So many horror films seem padded out, trying to get to feature-
    length by adding another killing or some useless detail that does
    not really go anywhere. THE WINDMILL seems to be a little short
    for the story it is telling. Its story is complete in its 86
    minutes, but the telling seems to be a little rushed.

    In Europe this film was released under the title THE WINDMILL
    MASSACRE. Somehow that title accentuates the slasher violence. In
    my opinion if one knows it is a horror film THE WINDMILL sounds
    more ominous. Under either title I rate the film a +2 on the -4 to
    +4 scale or 7/10. THE WINDMILL will be in theaters on October 28th
    and on VOD and iTunes on October 25th. Just in time for Halloween.

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