26th Sep2014

‘The Tour’ Review (Short Film)

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff, Tom Gordon, Annette Rickard, Robert Rickard, Julia Spence, Kris Lindsay, Courtney Frazier | Written and Directed by Alex Mathieson, Damon Rickard


Darkmoor Manor is England’s most haunted house, its doors closed to the public. It is now just part of a tour which helps attracts visitors to a struggling town. That is until the tour guide, trying to impress two attractive American visitors promises to get them inside. But none of them could be prepared for what was waiting within the shadows of the house.

The Tour is a short film which doesn’t even reach the fifteen minute mark in length. So here is my equally short review: It is the perfect way to quickly inject some horror into your day if you’re in a rush or just can’t be bothered with all that build up and other stuff which is involved in a standard length film.

However, even though bite size in length, The Tour manages to fit quite a lot into the short amount of time. It has mystery, a creepy haunted house and scares to scratch the horror itch. Along with that, the story is very cleverly done and wraps it all up with a twist at the end that should please any horror fans watching.

There were a few moments where the acting was a little wooden and forced but thankfully this is all cleared up by the time the lights go out and the horror really kicks in. The cast of this short includes Jessica Cameron and Heather Dorff both of whom have graced the independent film circuit before as a duo and you can definitely feel the connection between their two characters supporting the film throughout.

Overall, The Tour delivers a short, snappy horror story which without feeling cliché or repetitive. I say check it out if your a fan of horror, independent and short films, or any of the above!


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