Directed by: Thomas Perrett
Cast: Robin King, Tom Weller
I try to set a few life rules that I never betray, and one of those life rules is to never take a gig looking after a creepy rundown old building. I don’t give a damn if it was once a regal structure. I don’t care if 30 different presidents have laid their heads on pillows in the place. If it’s creepy and dilapidated, I’m out of there.
Unfortunately for one man in need of a paycheck, he breaks that rule. Initially all seems fine. Aside from some cobwebs and dated furniture it isn’t all too bad. Until some strange dreams begin to leave an indelible mark on the man. And those dreams slowly seem to bleed into reality as Commune reaches peak eeriness.
What this man sees in his sleep, is something he certainly doesn’t want to see up close and personal, fully conscious. But sometimes what we want isn’t what we get. It’s a lesson that this poor chap learns quite quickly.
I’m aching to spoil the film for you all, because Commune is a damn inspired little effort that not only feels a bit similar to David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out, but also manages to genuinely frighten. Sandberg comparison aside, writer/director/editor (an area he truly excels in) Thomas Perrett uses enough atypical techniques (one thing you’ll notice is the man’s penchant for holding shots a little longer than anticipated, a la John Carpenter) to help distance his pic from any potential Lights Out comparisons.
The acting is great, the atmosphere is great and somehow, Perrett has unlocked a daunting puzzle: he’s somehow found a way of generating a jump scare that feels like more of a brooding chill than a straight-forward adrenaline injection. You don’t see that every day, and it really does highlight a strength in Perrett that he can potentially lean on to further his career. The man has talent (you might call me crazy, but his work feels like something Mike Flanagan could enjoy), I’m dying to see where he heads from here!