Tom Doherty is a nice guy and wants to get his Father’s fishing boat back from the bank after it was repossessed. He takes a job restoring a remote house on an island which also has an eerie lighthouse next to it. He is shown around the property by salty Irish pub landlord ‘Murph’ who doesn’t really sell him the job as he spins yarns about people going mad because of the isolation. Thus begins Tom’s tale which is based on a book The Forlorned by Angela J. Townsend (who also had a hand at the script).
Things get off to a bad start as when Murph is showing Tom around, the young lad believes he’s hearing noises and voices. It appears to have been the radio but later Tom gets creeped out by the large amounts of china dolls in one room and why is one rocking without nothing causing it to?
It doesn’t really improve as nightmares start and Tom hears even more odd noises. Of course it really goes ‘tits-up’ when he sees what he thinks is a man getting savaged by pigs. Taking Murph up on an invite for a beer at his pub, one of the locals spins a yarn about demonic hogs which makes Tom even more anxious…
The Forlorned is an example of a very neglected part of the horror film genre which is the ‘scary lighthouse film’. Although the lighthouse isn’t featured all the way through the film, it’s presence is felt when it needs to be. Director Andrew Wiest creates a nice claustrophobic feeling to mess poor old Tom up and the effects guys have gone for broke with inventive sound effects and low tech scare tactics such as door slams which are used to good effect.
Decent performances all round from the small cast and a real polished (from no doubt a small’ish budget) production to boot. Not the most original horror film ever but it has a nice back story and one which will creep you out so when watching it don’t forget to turn it up loud to annoy your neighbours.
- Starring Colton Christensen Elizabeth Mouton Cory Dangerfield Robert Bear
- Director Andrew Wiest