The prologue to a polarizing failure raised the bar too high far too soon


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Horror always tends to divide opinions between fans and critics, but very rarely does the former give a scary movie better marks than the latter. That turned out to be the case The Empty Manwhich was ironically fitting given the film suffered from what could be described as torturous production.

Although filming took place in late 2016, writer-director David Prior’s supernatural mystery was not due to be sent into the wild until October 2020 to die a slow and painful death – and at the box office just $5 million for $16 Dollars raked in millions of dollars after surviving a rushed editing process that forced the filmmaker to cobble together a quick montage cut to meet tax-friendly deadlines.

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Critics have awarded The Empty Man a Rotten Tomatoes score of 77 percent, which is solid for a lo-fi cooler. However, audiences have only found it worthy of a 39 percent rating – and it’s very rare that reviews are twice as positive as fan reactions. Despite its polarizing nature, based on a recent Reddit thread, everyone can agree that the riveting prologue, which takes up the first 20 minutes of the runtime, is by far the highlight. In fact, many think it’s so good that the rest of the film suffered as a result.

The majority of The Empty Man takes place in 2018, but the first act takes place in 1995. Four friends are hiking in a remote valley in Bhutan when they come across a skeleton embedded in a cafe wall, and it’s not long before darkness descends on the group, both figuratively and literally. It’s stunning stuff, but arguably it turned out to be detrimental to the final product because it was so damn good – and a lot of people would love to see it turned into its own feature. The prologue to a polarizing failure raised the bar too high far too soon

Lindsay Lowe

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