Release Date: On DVD now.
Written by: Martin Thau
Directed by: Andy Fetscher
Starring: Nathalie Kelly, Nick Eversman and Klaus Stiglmeier.
This whole Urbex craze that's popular with the kids these days is beyond me; who really wants to go poking around through miles of subterranean tunnels that hold countless numbers of possible dangers and threats?
The Germans, that's who.
|Pride cometh before the fall, fucko!|
From here on out, creepy Fritz dispatches the moron explorers in gruesome ways, and teaches them the ultimate lesson; when you do stupid shit, there is always a price to pay. In this case, the price is death. Creepy, underground, grizzled German death!
|His smile is not one of happiness or joy.|
|Why she broke into song while getting her ear cut off, we will never know.|
Urban Explorer made me come to terms with something I realized long ago, but had tried as hard as I could to suppress; most people in horror movies are morons. I used to try to give the average horror movie character some leeway, because maybe real people would act the way that they do in movies. Groups of young, cocky, "nothing can touch me because I'm invincible!" teens and twenty-somethings always seem to do the absolute most nonsensical things in horror movies. It's just a big red flag.
|So, how was your trip?|
It's almost as if filmmakers and studios just say "Meh, it's a horror flick, this script will do" when they head off to make a new movie, and that's what pisses me off. The horror genre is the most dynamic of all movie genres. in that horror films often tend to encompass elements of all other genre's at once. Amidst the carnage and terror, there can be comedy and levity, romance can and often does play a part in the story, and there's always plenty of drama and mystery.The Horror Genre is limitless. I guess that's why I don't understand why so many Horror filmmakers limit themselves with so much cliche and plot device.
Urban Explorer is a well made film that delivers on the tension and the gore, but falls short in the scripting department. Had the plot not been so paper thin and familiar, and had the characters not been so cookie cutter and simplistic, this could have been a far better film. As it stands though, Urban Explorer delivers the goods as long as the goods your looking for aren't originality or depth. C+