Bachelor Games on VOD

Sunday, 10 July 2016 23:00 Written by 

Bachelor Games - Out now on Video on DemandFive mates arrive in a rustic part of Argentina for a stag do, expecting little more than to get drunk and have some fun. Sure enough, their first night results in booze-fuelled carnage; the next morning they go on a hike into the Andes mountains with sore heads and high spirits. Unfortunately for them, events take a sinister, supernatural turn. Is everything what it seems, and are their friendships still as strong as they make out?

Hot on the heels of the BBC’s Stag mini-series, “Bachelor Games” treads familiar horror-comedy ground, albeit in relatively fresh and visually impressive surroundings. The movie stars Jack Gordon (“Panic Button”) as stag Henry, Charlie Bewley (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) as hunky best man Leon, along with Jack Doolan (“Cemetery Junction”), Mike Noble (“Gambit”) and Obi Abili (Injustice) as the rest of the party members.

Having watched the film, I cannot shake the feeling that it does not make the best of a decent premise and a solid cast. A group of friends turning in on itself is often a dependable dramatic scenario, but it never quite pays off here. Perhaps the chief reason is that the running time is too brief to fully establish the connections between the characters.

The tone of the movie is a mixture of comedy, horror and character-driven drama, but it does not wholly succeed on any front. The characters have a few snappy lines but more often than not the wittiest thing the writers can come up with involves the lads telling each other to get lost, albeit in a less polite manner.

The horror also feels rushed. Admittedly there are a few genuinely tense moments, but at other times there is not enough patience and calculated pacing to fully reap what is in actuality a pretty terrifying situation.

It is not all doom and gloom, however, as the acting is mostly engaging, the cinematography does not waste the location’s parched beauty, and the music does its level best to creep the audience out, even when the other components struggle to do so.

“Bachelor Games” (2016) is out now on video on demand, courtesy of Gravitas Ventures. The main feature has a running time of 86 minutes approx, carries an ‘Unrated’ certificate and can be rented or bought from £6.99.

 

Last modified on Friday, 29 July 2016 15:32

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