Horror legend Robert Englund puts Freddy to bed for good in low-budget Brit-film The Last Showing, directed by English writer-director Phil Hawkins.

This psycho thriller takes place in a cinema and allows for Englund to partake in some low-key menace in this game of cat and mouse.

The set up is wonderfully simple – this paired with Game Of Thrones’ Finn Jones and Englund is bound to bring in the crowds, or at least boost the DVD sales when it’s released in the UK next week.

A young couple on their first date, Martin [Jones] and Allie [Emily Berrington] visit their local cinema for a midnight screening of Wes Craven’s The Hills have Eyes 2, a heavy-handed in-joke which is accompanied by even more nods to the audience with references to the Elm Street series.

Unfortunately for the young couple, the movie is being screened by Stuart [Englund] an old cinema purist who hates the new era of digital cinema. Fired that very afternoon, Stuart is seeking revenge, determined to shoot his own horror film with Martin and Allie as the main attraction.

The two young actors sadly give a rather wooden performance – which may be in part due to the stunted dialogue and slightly unbelievable set up. Englund’s old hat horror talents shine through and he appears to take delight in playing this whispering, creeping psychopath. Sadly, his charisma has to carry the entire film.

The Last Showing is a watchable but unremarkable horror. It has the potential to be a scare-per-minute slasher that’s popular at the box office in the same vein of something like the Scream franchise, but it just doesn’t deliver.

Hawkins fails to create any plausibility or frightening scenes for the audience and it’s difficult to muster any empathy for the young couple in trouble.

 

VERDICT: [rating=2] (original tweet I gave 3 stars but I have reconsidered!)

 

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Emily Stockham

Emily is from South London and has a degree in English Literature. Emily is a marketing assistant who writes about films and music in her spare time. Horror and grindhouse are her thing - although she will happily watch anything if it means a trip to the cinema.