I'm not gonna try and tell you this was a great film, because it wasn't. But, c'mon, no one thought they'd see this for a good fright flick, right? The storyline seems to be REALLY cliche, but does have a little extra to it, at least enough for me to notice it. The characters are predictable, true, and the actions are the same...all true. However, it's a beautiful film...the sets are incredible, and the camerawork extremely well-done (OK, so the lighting here and there was physically impossible, so what?).
Random Other Downsides: the dialogue was pretty standard...Gabriel Bryne was unable to make up for the rest of the dopey cast, acting-wise...these people are STUPID, more than once...and do they HAVE to keep pointing their flashlights right into the camera?
Random Other Upsides: It may not be actually scary, but managed to make Di jump at LEAST twice...I liked the concept of the 'bad guy'...the chick in the red dress is a Serious Hottie...the detail on the sets in incredible...the bloodbath in the opening scene was wild.
All in all, wait for video. I admit I'll end up owning it, but I'm a freak, and I like Dark Castle Entertainment.
One disheartening thing from this evening: the theatre was plenty packed with 20-something idiot trend-kids (baggy pants, hoodies, obnoxious attitudes, and all), and apparently they were split between watching 'Jackass: The Movie' and '8 Mile'. *sigh* Occasionally, when I feel old...I'm really GLAD.