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Nails

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Dennis Bartok
  • 81 mins
  • 15

Summary

Dana, a woman recovering from an accident that left her paralysed, tries to convince the hospital staff that she's being haunted by a malevolent spirit. Horror, starring Shauna Macdonald, Steve Wall and Leah McNamara

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Sinister goings-on in a run-down Irish hospital deliver the scares in this solid if unsurprising horror. Athlete Dana Milgrom (The Descent's Shauna Macdonald), confined to bed after being hit by a car, is taunted by a malevolent presence that may or may not be the ghost of a former patient (known as "Nails"), who later joined the staff but died in controversial circumstances. As is often the case in these scenarios, no one believes her, neither her husband nor the hospital's current misfit personnel - which seems to consist entirely of one bean-counting administrator, an ageing hippy psychiatrist and a tattooed nursing assistant with his own basement office (comedian Ross Noble making a decent fist of yet another film role). Co-writer and first-time director Dennis Bartok sprinkles the tale with motifs borrowed from David Lynch, 1970s Hammer, even the kitchen sink-isms of a vintage BBC Play for Today, and while never breaking any new ground, he does sustain an unsettlingly spooky atmosphere throughout, punctuated by enough frights to keep hearts racing.

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Credits

Cast

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Dana MilgromShauna Macdonald
Sean MilgromSteve Wall
Trevor HelmsRoss Noble
Gemma MilgromLeah McNamara
Dr StengelRobert O'Mahoney
Nails / Eric NilssonRichard Foster-King
AshleyMuireann D'Arcy

Crew

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DirectorDennis Bartok

Details

Theatrical distributor
Kaleidoscope
Released on
2017-06-16
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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