What would you do if you heard strange noises emanating from a tatty old box you found in the cellar while searching for the Christmas tree?
So its 22 December 2007 and a young man (Darren Munn) is alone in his north London home, housemates Paul and Zoe are away but he isn’t going to let that spoil the spirit of Christmas so retrieving the Christmas Tree from the basement he discovers the aforementioned noisy box. Opening it up he finds an old dictaphone and some micro-cassettes. Naturally his curiosity gets the better of him and he discovers that the mystery tapes belonged to one Claire Reynolds a medium who was investigating some strange phenomena going on right there in his house over Christmas 2003.
Unable to stop himself he continues listening to the tapes and as the story of Claire’s entanglement with the malevolent spirit of Mr Sheets unfolds odd things start happening around him. An internet search reveals that Claire is dead, but he does find her twin sister Sarah (Alice Keedwell) who warns him tha he should destroy the tapes before something really nasty happens to him. Does he? I’m not saying, you will have to download The Demonic Tapes from Amazon here to find out.
I really liked this new film from our friends at Mansfield Dark. It’s an effective little chiller that demonstrates that you don’t need a shed load of expensive movie trickery or buckets of gore to make the viewers flesh crawl. No all you need is atmosphere and the hint that something nasty about to happen and Richard Mansfield’s flick has scads of that. The very thing I liked most about it was the very simplicity of the ghostly presence, Mr Sheets is just that a man in a sheet, (We have all done that haven’t we put a sheet over our head and gone ‘wooooooo’) but thanks to the intelligent plotting of the script, along with smart editing, lighting and sound design it works.
Sharp, smart and shocking The Demonic Tapes can give big Hollywood productions a run for their money. An excellent spine tingling, flesh creeping chiller I give The Demonic Tapes a big 666/666