Daniel Simpson (2009)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The old dark house movie gets a torture porn makeover in writer/director Daniel Simpson's sick psycho-chiller. Desperate to find cheaper digs, four art students (Emma Griffiths Malin, Amy Noble, George Maguire and Reuben-Henry Biggs) decide to squat in an abandoned London property. However, as they celebrate moving in, they quickly realise that they've been trapped by a sinister, white-clad figure, who has some very unpleasant plans for them. Simpson (in his feature-length debut) keeps the camera prowling around the dankly claustrophobic sets, but he struggles to create much tension and invites even less sympathy for the imperilled quartet. The photogenic but stilted cast doesn't help, either. But, while Simpson's roving eye is sometimes nastily effective, the unremarkable storyline clings doggedly to generic cliché and too many crucial plot points feel rushed and unpersuasive.


Four art students plan to squat in an empty house. Having found a suitable vacant building, they start making it their own, blissfully unaware someone is already living in the cellar and has gruesome plans in mind for his unwanted houseguests. Horror, starring Emma Griffiths Malin, Amy Noble and George Maguire.

Cast & Crew

Molly Emma Griffiths Malin
Zoe Amy Noble
Toby George Maguire
The Captor John Regan
Luke Reuben-Henry Biggs
Doctor Moya Farrelly
Director Daniel Simpson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SodaGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVDReleased on: 29 Oct 2010