11th Sep2014

‘Mine Games’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, Rebecca Da Costa, Rafi Gavron, Ethan Peck, Joseph Cross, Alex Meraz, Lindsay Lamb, Michael Guillod | Written by Robert Cross, Michele Davis-Gray, Richard Gray, Ross McQueen | Directed by Richard Gray


A group of friends travel up to a cabin located deep within the forest. Shortly after arriving, they stumble across an abandoned mine and decide to explore the dark and mysterious tunnels. As the group hikes deeper within the mine, they make a shocking discovery that quickly turns their excitement into fear. Hunted by a mysterious force, the group must work together to escape the mine alive.

Mine Games, apart from having a hilarious pun for the title, is a right old mixed bag. Together with the standard horror clichés that we have all come to know and love, the story overall is a hidden gem which left me both surprised and satisfied. ‘Surprisified’ you might say. First off, let’s look at the clichés. Cabin in the woods? Teenagers making completely illogical decisions when it comes to their own safety? Check and check. Just enough alcohol and drug use to suggest that the ‘fear’ is all in their minds and actually everything is fine? Check. It’s all there and it sets up to be a pretty standard horror film and when the decision is made to go into an abandoned mine ‘for a laugh’ (not health and safety aware this bunch) you know that they are pretty much all doomed.

But, that is when things get weird. I was expecting a monster in the mine or a psycho who would hack them into a varying sized pieces and sprinkle them on his dinner but neither were the case in this film. What followed was a mind-bending ‘Mine Game’ (ho ho ho it never stops being hilarious!) which was completely unexpected. I love unexpected. You are almost teased into thinking this film will be your standard horror romp ‘n’ kill but the seemingly predictable storyline unravels in front of your eyes.

In other words, I liked Mine Games. It kept it fresh which is awesome in an industry which can sometimes be a bit stale and mouldy. Of course the film wasn’t perfect. It does still have the clichés in there and you will be saying ‘really?’ with a heavy sigh as often as you will be saying ‘eh?’ when the story takes an unusual twist. But, it is a step in the right direction and for that, I am willing to give it a thumbs up in support.

Mine Games is a creepy run around in the dark which will keep you guessing right until the end.


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