Thursday, August 3 2006
This second feature by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers) knows what it's about, both its generic limits and your knowledge of those limits. It doesn't try to trick you, but instead delivers the usual tension-building effects.
The crawly cave-beasts keep popping up in sudden soundtrack blasts, but Neil Marshall's half-baked ideas about betrayal and woman's capacity for savagery are simplistic and pretentious.
Sunday, August 24 2003
Peter Mullan's film both amplifies and flattens these stories, so they are at once sensational and too intimate.