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Directed by Michael G. Kehoe
Written by Michael G. Kehoe
Starring Sarah Davenport, Andrew Divoff, Darby Walker, Nina Siemaszko, Shae Smolik, Gabrielle Bourne, Bayley Corman, Alisha Wainwright, David Naughton, Amanda Wyss, Tim DeZarn, Musetta Vander, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Nancy Linehan Charles, Darri Ingolfsson, Griffin Kehoe
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A haunted house gets a sadistic Nazi twist in THE HATRED, a film that is more style than substance, but packs together some pretty nicely choreographed scenes of suspense and a whole lotta terrifying imagery.
THE HATRED is an interestingly structured little tale of Nazi secrets and the terrors of that age that still echo today. The film begins with a quaint farm setting where a German immigrant farmer Samuel Sears (WISHMASTER’s Andrew Divoff) lives with his wife and child Alice (Darby Walker) who as she grew older, begins wanting to leave the farm she grew up on. But Samuel forbids it. Meanwhile, a package from overseas arrives with an ancient amulet of great power sent from Nazi Germany. When Samuel punishes his daughter for leaving the farm, he accidentally kills her, but the powerful relic somehow traps Alice’s soul on the farm. Flash forward to present day and a quartet of beautiful women take a woman-cation at a bed and breakfast that happens to be the same home Sears lived in long ago. When the ancient totem is found, the gals end up resurrecting the ghost of Alice, Samuel, and a whole lot of evil demons!
The theme of horrors of the past coming back to haunt the future was not lost on me as THE HATRED played out. The film feels like it is trying to tell us never to forget the horrors that occurred during WWII lest we repeat them and the horrors are terrifying indeed as this is a potent little spook story.
You’re not going to see too much you haven’t seen before THE HATRED, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. There’s a lot of things that go bump in the night going on that you have seen in the INSIDIOUS/CONJURING/SINESTER style films. But I like the way things appear out of nowhere in mirrors, on phone screens, and in the periphery that the gals can’t see with the naked eye. There’s an especially great scene when a little girl instructs her babysitter to check under her bed for a monster that I’ve never seen before and is exceptionally well played out. And that’s not the only scene that plays well. There are quite a few fright sequences that really pay off showing that filmmaker Michael G. Kehoe is a filmmaker I’m going to keep an eye on to see what he does next.
THE HATRED kind of just ends without a lot of resolution with those surviving the day driving off and the evil not so much vanquished as left behind. So the closure or big finish I was looking for really didn’t happen. That said, the road to the end was a spooky and well paced one. As long as you don’t mind the abrupt ending, you just might like what THE HATRED has to offer.