A young boy named Fool
(Brandon Quinton Adams) turns 13 and
helps burglarise their nasty sibling
landlords home with his sister's
boyfriend Leroy (Ving Rhames) and Leroy's
friend Spenser (Jeremy Roberts) to steal
money in order to get Fool's mother to
get treatment from dying of cancer as
well as nearly being evicted from their
run down apartment in the Ghetto by
disguising themselves but when that fails
they break into their home.
They realise that their landlords are
psychopaths due to their greed with many
boobytraps built around the house and
kidnapped a bunch of people when they
were kids and keeping them in their
cellar with one girl that's trapped in
their house named Alice (A.J. Langer)
whom they say is their daughter as they
mame and beat her.
Both Spencer and Leroy are killed by
these two maniacs as Fool must try to
escape himself and try to help the people
they kidnapped out but it isn't too easy
as he thinks due to the all the traps
these wicked people have along with a
vicious rottweiler they own that they
feed body parts to.
There is a good camera shot on a
table showing some fortune telling cards.
Also we spot a good dispute between Leroy grabbing young Fool's shirt and getting
We also have a good twisted moment with Man / Dad by a fireplace viciously
eating some meat with the camera panning
away and then a demented scene with Woman / Mom acting wicked.
There's also a good setting between Woman / Mom acting foreceful towards Alice while brushing her hair and
demanding her to ask her if she loves her
with a total evil attitude.
Also a good shot on Alice looking tense by sitting in her chair as
well as looking frightened when Woman / Mom gets evilly stern with her about after
she ate and where her fork is.
A good shot on Man / Dad taking
his belt off about to swack at her too which looked disturbing to watch on what will happen later on.
There's a corny moment with Fool towards Woman / Mom making out he's a boyscout
selling cookies and she just gets very
strange which looked quite comedic.
We have a good look with Fool and Leroy trying to break into
the house as it makes you cringe what is
going to happen.
A great shocking moment with a rottweiler
grabbing onto Leroy's arm.
There's a nice shot looking up on Fool from a staircase to a cellar
on him walking down and getting scared.
There's a nice shot on him walking down
the stairs and a door shutting on him
Nice shots on the house showing windows
and doors shutting and getting locked
with Leroy running away with Fool.
A good shot on Man / Dad shooting him and acting crazy.
There's good fast shots on Roach grabbing Fool from
a nearby wall and them running away in
the hallways inside the wall with Man / Dad trying to shoot them and the
rottweilwer on the chase.
A good shot on Fool up in the
cellar window and calling for Alice.
There's perfect intensity with Woman / Mom smacking Alice around with her freaking out with great
intense expressions as well as throwing
her in a hot bath and acting insane which
makes it hard to watch.
There's also a good shot on Man / Dad grabbing Alice on the bed
A good discussion between Grandpa Booker with Fool when he tells him
about those maniacs and their greed.
There's good moments with Fool fighting
back against Man / Dad and Woman / Mom.
A nice shot on a camera looking up a
chimney which involved Fool and Alice by looking down as well as them
walking on the roof of their house.
A good shot on them sliding down the
chimney too at full force.
Good shot on the house with money
flying in the air and the residents going
Bottom line is that this film was
sick, twisted and rather pointless too
but yet it's creepy thinking about these
poor people living all their lives locked
up in a cellar with two maniacs living in
the house and abusing this poor girl as
it seems like a real life hell. You wonder if whoever is living in the
walls or cellar are human or zombie's but
we've seen this before folks as I found
this to be Wes Craven's worst
horror flick as he tries to make it funny
as well as teisted but misses by a
longshot. There's good performance and direction
which saves this film from bombing.
The acting is very
good as we get a nice dynamic performance
by young actor Brandon Quinton Adams (Fool) showing
everything he's got to his part. He was
quite a character. He says his words greatly when he
tells his fellow actress that her parents
are one sick mothers. He knew on how to act tough when fighting back against two onscreen maniacs.
Everett Mc Gill (Man / Dad) was just plain
whacked and kookie in his part as the
evil one in the house as he was more
evilly goofy than scary.
Wendy Robie (Woman / Mom) on the other hand had
great wicked features and knew how to
come across as an insane one with her
intensity and disturbed actions. She is great by going crazy and
screaming with a kitchen knife and
chasing after someone.
A.J. Langer (Alice) was perfect with her
frightened expressionless features and
knew how to behave like she was scared of
her own shadow like you'd want to protect
her from these evil people. She does well getting scared during the near beginning of her performance when someone is about to whack her with a belt. Does well when she talks to her fellow actor with tears in her eyes when
she reads out loud the words on a picture
hanging on a wall "I do not see, or
hear, or speak evil". Does well acting too scared to go
outside. Also does well
by getting vengeful in the end too including standing still with
icy expressions towards one of the maniacs and telling her she is not her mother.
Ving Rhames (Leroy) shows nice attitude to
his part in the film when he throws his
weight around playing a good poor one in
the hood. A good reaction on him when
Sean Whalen (Roach) showed nice energy as
the mute one living in the walls and
under the stairs as he came across
greatly with what he had in the film.
Kelly Jo Minter (Ruby) was one of the best
cast members with her stright forward
attitude and no nonsense behavior. I also
enjoyed her in A Nightmare On Elm
Street 5. I loved her by pretending
to be a solicitor at the door towards and then speaking her mind to her with
good bad ass attitude.
Some graphic gore here
There's a skeletal corpse with some blood
and the odd torn flesh
A piece of a hand is fed to a dog
Someones flesh is torn off with guts
being thrown and eaten
A pool of blood is on a floorway
descent metal scraping sounds for the
dark and fast action scene's along with
some fast piano sounds with some screechy
Woman: You didn't
lick this, did you?
Leroy: Just because
a man's lying down doesn't mean he's
Fool: Your father's
one sick mother. Actually your mother is
one sick mother too.
Alice: Mommy and
Daddy wanted a boy, but every boy turned
out bad. Some saw things they weren't
supposed to see, some were caught trying
to call for help, others talked back.
Daddy cut out the bad parts, and put them
in the basement... they get flashlights
and food of some kind and I suppose
they're happy in their own way.
Fool: Yeah right... so why haven't
they put you in the basement?
Alice: I do not see, or hear, or
Alice: It's the only way.
[to his dog]
Man: Shut the FUCK up!
Woman: I don't want
to see another cop or cookie in my life.
I don't know which one makes me sicker.
Man: May they burn
Woman: Forever and ever in hell.
Woman: What's a
mother to do? Lazy brat sits in her room
all day, sewing dolls. Children
misbehaving in the basement! And one in
the wall, doing his business God knows
where. You kids will be the death of
me... the death of me.
Fool: They're not
your real parents, Alice, they're not
even husband and wife... they stole you,
just like they stole Roach and all the
others. They're just a bunch of rotten
Alice: You're just saying that...
Fool: My grandfather Booker told
me, he wouldn't lie to me.
Alice: He said he
Fool: He was exaggerating.
Alice: [to the
woman] Go to hell!
You hurt your mother
Alice: You're not my mother...
You never were
I feel like a million dollars