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Walled In (2009)

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  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: Argentina:91 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
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  • IMDb page: Walled In (2009)
  • Rate: 4.9/10 total 2,804 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: Argentina:91 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Budget: $7,500,000(estimated)
  • Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
  • Stars: Tim Allen, Mischa Barton and Darla Biccum
  • Original Music By: Greg Biribauer   
  • Plot Keyword: Building | Demolition | Architect | Caretaker | Cement

Writing Credits By:

  • Serge Brussolo (novel)
  • Rodolphe Tissot (written by) and
  • Olivier Volpi (written by) and
  • Sylvain White (written by) and
  • Gilles Paquet-Brenner (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The glowing symbol in the building lobby, made up of solid and broken lines, is the I Ching hexagram for Persevering. It is made by combining the symbols for Thunder and Wind.
  • Although a double was employed to run through everything beforehand and make sure it was safe, Mischa Barton performed all of her own stunts.

Goofs: Continuity: When Jimmy and Mary are talking in their kitchen he is facing the camera and passes her the can opener. The camera shows a closeup of Jimmy and he doesn't appear to move but when the view changes back to the two of them, he has turned to face Mary.

Plot: A demolition company agent uncovers the horrifying secrets held within a building she's having razed. Full summary »  »

Story: A young woman who recently graduated from engineering school travels to a remote location to supervise the demolition of a mysterious building. She soon discovers the horrifying secrets of the building and its past inhabitants, many of whom were victims of a vicious murderer who entombed his prey alive within its walls. Now she must turn the tables on the killer before she becomes his latest victim.Written by Anonymous  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Recent engineering graduate Sam Walczak (Mischa Barton) travels to the middle of nowhere to supervise demolition of the mysterious Malestrazza Building. She soon comes face to face with the horrifying secrets of the building and its past inhabitants, many of whom were entombed alive within the walls of the pristine building by its obsessed architect. As Sam begins to unravel the clandestine details of the architect’s life and his astonishing building, she is drawn into the dark and frightening reality which forces her to accept her own dark past and turn the tables before she becomes the last victim.Deborah Kara Unger, Cameron Bright, and Noam Jenkins costar. [D-Man2010]

Sam Walczak (Mischa Barton), is a recent engineering graduate. At her graduation party, her father, an owner of a demolition company, gives her a gift: a job supervision the demolition of a building in the middle of nowhere. If she’s sucessful, she will become his partner. Sam arrives at the Malestrazza Building (named after its architect), and is greeted by Mary (Deborah Unger), the caretaker who tells here that she will be staying on one of the apartments in the buildinga and that she is to stay off of the eighth floor and the roof. Jimmy (Cameron Bright), the caretaker’s teenage son, takes her bags to her apartment.

Sam asks about the buidling and Mary is suprised that Sam is not aware of the buildings history and that it’s better that she does not know. Sam is curious and while at the local store she looks on the internet and finds that the Malestrazza Building was a crime scene were 16 bodies where found entombed in the walls. Since Sam knows the story about the building, Jimmy takes here to the eight floor and tells here the story. Malestrazza’s mistake was taking the girl scene at the beginning of the movie. The girl had a puppy and when the police went to question the architect the puppy darted into his apartment and lead the police to a wall. They found the little girl in the wall. Jimmy is now that puppy’s owner. The police then locate 15 additonal bodies in the walls of the eighth floor. Mary (the caretaker) and her husband were also residents of the apartment building. Mary had to identify her husband whose face was ripped of by the concrete while she was pregnant with Jimmy. The arrested a disgruntled factory worker for the murders. The lights go out in the abandoned eighth floor and Sam hurts her leg. In the bathroom, Jimmy cleans her wound and then begins feeling her thigh. Sam asks what he is doing and he realizes his error and stops.

Sam has nightmares about being entombed in the walls.

Sam’s boyfriend arrives and admires the building. The arrival of Sam’s boyfriend upsets Jimmy. Sam and Jimmy have an argument and Jimmy says that after she finishes her report she’ll leave and forget all about him. To which she replies that she would not. As Sam and her boyfriend, explore the 8th floor they, secretly watch Mary at that place were her husband’s body was found. They eventually talk to Mary and when she leaves the apartment they are both locked in. Looking for a way out they find a passage way that is not on the blueprints. The travel down the corridor and notice the walls have window that allow a person to look into all the apartments. Sam realizes that Jimmy was watching her while she was in the bathroom and is upset. They eventually land in a different part of the building and move a false wall where they enter the garbage room and see an exit sign. Mary opens the door and asks if they are done looking through peoples garbage.

Later that evening, Sam and her boyfriend are in her room having sex. Jimmy is on the other side of the wall listening and feeling distraught. Sam stops in the middle and is worried aware that Jimmy might be there. Sam’s boyfriend calms her fears and continues, while Jimmy is behind the wall in agony that Sam is with someone else.The next day they wake up and find Jimmy’s butchered dog in their apartment. Sam’s boyfriend thinks Jimmy killed the dog and wants to leave.

As they were about to leave, Jimmy gives Sam a gift, Malestrazza’s journal which talks about the design of the building and his theories. The building was like the egyptian pyramids (hence the corridors not on the blueprints), she also realizes that that is why the building has so much space in the middle and that there is something in the center where light can show all the way down to the basement. Jimmy tells her that he is going to go to the roof to find the light source she is talking about. When Jimmy doesn’t return, Sam and her boyfriend go to the roof. They find the part of the buidling she was looking for, a whole in the roof or shaft that leads straight down to the basement. Sam realizes that Jimmy must have known about this and is about to leave when she hears Jimmy call out that he fell down the whole and is hurt and needs Sam to come down and help him. Sam is eventually lowered down the hole by her boyfriend, but at the halfway point her boyfriend is show with some sort of weapon that looks like a pointed long steel rod. He leans over the hole holding the rope as he bleeds down the whole and all over Sam who gets frightened and lets go of the rope and is now hanging upside down as her dead boyfriend bleeds all over her clothes and body.

Jimmy then drives Sam’s car to mail her demolition report and then sinks her car into a lake.

Sam awakens in the basement area naked but covered with blankets. She sees a man sitting with a lamp on. Sam is finds her clothes and puts them on. She asks the man who he is, but he says that she already knows. She figures out that he is Malestrazza. He plays the tape for her of Jimmy asking for help. Jimmy is keeping her down there with Malestrazza until she learns to love him. Sam also learns that Malestrazza was the mastermind behind the murders and is dumbfounded tha people beleive that a factory worker could concote such a scheme of entombing people. She keeps asking about her boyfriend and Malestrazza tries to tell her that he is dead by cutting his arm and saying one mark for every soul. He also tells her that if he does what Jimmy wants that Jimmy is nice, but can be very cruel and imaginative when he disobeys Jimmy’s orders.

Later, Jimmy asks his mother when do you know when someone else’s loves you. Mary says that you know when the person is willling to sacrafice everything (or there life) for the other person. He then says is that why you sacraficed your son for a dead man.

Jimmy is back at the whole and sends down a cassette tape. Malestrazza plays the tape and Jimmy says that he wants to see same and Malestrazza dance. Sam reluctantly dances, but when Jimmy tells them to kiss. Malestrazza smiles showing Sam his blackened teeth and she protests. Malestrazza pulls her close and forces her to kiss him. After a few seconds Jimmy tells them to stop and threatens Malestrazza not to touch Sam again. Jimmy then sends down a basket with food, water and a two-way radio. He tells same to keep the radio with her so that they can talk and be close.

Sam looks for a way to escape and realize one wall leads to the garbage area. When Jimmy returns, she lies and says that she is hurt and needs medicine. She talks about the time when Jimmy bandaged up her knee and claims that she enjoyed that time and there time together, but that in order to show him all that she can do for him she needs to get out. Sam walks to the center of the room and tell him that this is for him and she removes her shirt. Jimmy looks down and leans back. Sam gets her medicine. She opens the capsules and starts creating a mix to try and blow out the wall to get into the garabage room. Sam’s attempt fails and Jimmy is upset that she tried to escape.

Before Jimmy could exact his punishment, his mother Mary, catches him. Mary realizes that Sam is in the hole with Malestrazza. Mary tells Jimmy that that place was for the architect not anyone else. She realizes that Sam must stay in the hole with Malestrazza or else they’ll take her away and Jimmy will be an orphan.

Sam is stuck in the whole with Malestrazza who she realizes does not want to escape. This is his tomb and he picked her to kill him. She eventually does kill him after some taunting by Malestrazza and he thanks her after he falls into his tomb and it begins to fill with cement. Sam is next by the wall hoping that Jimmy will come through and save her.

The demolition team arrives and her father asks where Sam is. Mary tells him that she left. Her father says that he thought she would want to see her first building demolished. Mary is keeping Jimmy calm as they set up and being to install the explosives. As the countdown beings, Jimmy starts saying Sam and then screams her name and runs toward the building. Sam’s father tells them to stop the countdown. At the roof Jimmy looks down and her father asks what have done. Jimmy then throws himself over and lands next to Sam. Sam is lifted out of the hole and put in an ambulance.

Sam narrates that the Malestrazza built 16 buidling all of which are still standing. He considered the Malestrazza building his masterpiece.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bader Alwazzan known as executive producer
  • Kevin DeWalt known as producer
  • Simon Edery known as executive producer
  • Scott Einbinder known as executive producer
  • Philip Fier known as executive producer
  • Jean-Charles Levy known as producer
  • Nicolas Manuel known as associate producer
  • Stéphane Marsil known as producer
  • Michael Mihalke known as executive producer
  • Clément Miserez known as producer
  • Olivier Piasentin known as associate producer
  • Janine Stener known as executive producer
  • Ingo Vollkammer known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tim Allen known as Police Officer (as Timothy Allen)
  • Mischa Barton known as Sam
  • Darla Biccum known as Liz Walczak
  • Cameron Bright known as Jimmy
  • Eugene Clark known as Burnett
  • Mark Claxton known as Richard
  • Pascal Greggory known as Malestrazza
  • Shannon Jardine known as Store Clerk
  • Noam Jenkins known as Peter
  • Sophi Knight known as Julie
  • Taylor Leslie known as Lucy Walczak
  • Emily McAfee known as Young Sam
  • Jane Redlyon known as Denise
  • Rob Roy known as Charles Walczak
  • Josh Strait known as Vincent Walczak
  • Deborah Kara Unger known as Mary
  • Rob van Meenen known as Patrick Walczak (as Rob Van Meenen)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jennifer Forberg known as assistant makeup artist
  • Tracy George known as makeup department head
  • Tamara Harrod known as key hair stylist
  • Amber Herbach known as assistant hair stylist
  • Kaitlyn Rae known as daily assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Mathilde Abraham known as first assistant art director
  • Adrienne Conley known as set designer
  • Norm Daschle known as property master
  • Johanna de Vries known as scenic artist
  • Dwain Dupley known as prop assistant
  • Justin Fisher known as set dresser
  • Sophie Grenier known as graphic designer
  • Carolyn Harris known as on-set dresser
  • Megan Hicke known as set dresser
  • Christopher Johnstone known as set dresser
  • Raymond Larose known as set designer
  • Sara Longfellow known as assistant set decorator
  • Mark Montague known as storyboard artist
  • Bob Nett known as painter
  • Kimberley Phaneuf known as painter
  • Danny Scavuzzo known as construction coordinator
  • Tom Strelow known as set dresser
  • Adrian Traquair known as lead set dresser
  • Johann Wessels known as scenic artist
  • Johann Wessels known as storyboard artist

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Experiences Films
  • Forecast Pictures
  • Leomax Productions
  • Minds Eye Entertainment
  • Walled In Productions

Other Companies:

  • Entertainment Partners Canada  payroll
  • Film Finances Canada  completion guarantor
  • Multimedia Risk Consultants and Insurance Brokers  insurance (as Multimedia Risk)
  • PS Productions Vancouver  grip and lighting equipment (as PS Productions)
  • Squared Foot Productions  financing
  • Talking Dog Post & Sound Studios  audio post facility (as Talking Dog Studios)

Distributors:

  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Canal+ (2009) (France) (TV)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • La Petite Reine (2009) (France) (all media)
  • Leomax Entertainment (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Sunfilm Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Brent Braaten known as visual effects intern
  • Colin Hubick known as visual effects supervisor
  • Brayden Klein known as visual effects artist
  • Mila Patriki known as digital intermediate colourist
  • Chad R. Stephens known as visual effects artist
  • Motassem Younes known as digital opticals

Release Date:

  • USA 11 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • Germany 9 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • UK 20 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Canada 24 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Ukraine 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Belgium 16 April 2009 (Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films)
  • Mexico 19 June 2009
  • Argentina 19 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 4 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Panama 27 August 2010

MPAA: Rated R for some violence

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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9 Comments

  1. Michael DeZubiria (miked32@hotmail.com) from Luoyang, China
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    Walled In is the kind of horror film that sets itself up in a bizarrelocation and then explains all kinds of bizarre rules to make thescariness work. The movie opens with a series of headlines that explainthe terrible discovery of 16 bodies cemented into the walls of abuilding, including that of the architect who designed it. We learnthat the person who walled them in, Joseph Malestrazza, was nevercaught, and then we cut to 15 years later, when the building is plannedto be demolished.

    Mischa Barton stars as Samantha, a young member of the demolitioncompany family, perfectly named the Walczak's (the 'c' is silent). Sherecently graduated from engineering school and it becomes her firstlone assignment to visit the building and supervise its demolition.It's a perfect set-up for a horror movie, I suppose, although as soonas we get to the building, the one where the 16 bodies were discovered,you remember, and learn that the wife and son of the murdered architectare still living there, the movie takes a pretty serious turn for theworse. I would think that if a man suffered the terrible fate of beingmurdered and cemented into the walls of a building, his wife would takeit upon herself not to raise their son for his entire life in thatbuilding. But that's me.

    Upon her arrival we meet the woman living there and her creepy son, whoexplains things to Samantha that the lights go off every six minutes toconserve energy, she shouldn't go to the 8th floor (that'sMalestrazza's quarters, you see, and it's never cleaned), and whateveryou do don't go on the roof! I would think that someone planning thedemolition of a building would explain the logical deficiency ofavoiding certain parts of it, but we understand that this is a horrormovie and these goofy rules he's explaining are a set-up for freakysequences that are to follow. There's also the issue of a few remainingpeople who lived in the building and who are not likely to appreciateSam arriving to destroy it. The young boy also worries that Malestrazzawill be offended by her plans.

    I was reminded of the brilliant novel House of Leaves in a lot ofthings about the movie. Sam discovers enormous discrepancies betweenthe blueprints and the actual measurements of the house, which in thatbook led to a fascinating and frightening series of events, but in themovie leads to the cheap and utterly witless third act. There is also alot of throwbacks to Psycho in the relationship between the young boyand his mother in an isolated location. Sam even describes the buildingas being "like the Bates Motel, only bigger," and at one point themother forbids her son to go near Sam, telling him that Sa could nevertake care of him the way she does. Creepy.

    Ultimately we learn about an "ancient architectural belief" thatprovides the reason that Malestrazza killed people and walled them intohis buildings (and also the reason why not one of the 27 buildings thatMalestrazza built have ever been torn down). It gives the movie thefeel of something with more thought in it that it actually has. I felta little flicker of interest when this was revealed, but in retrospectit strikes me as little more than a screenwriters brainstorm.

    I understand that Walled In is based on a novel, and I hope the novelis better than the movie. Books, especially horror books, are alwaysbetter than the movie, ad if someone read the book and thought it wasgood enough to make into a film, it must have been better than thismovie, because it has all the sign-posts of a weak horror film. It'sfull to the brim with cheap scares (notice the Screeching Cat Scare,which at least was made a little bit different but essentially is thesame old thing, and my favorite, a scary rose scare. You have to seethat one to believe it) and blatantly rips off a whole series of otherhorror movies. I'm curious what the movie would have looked like haddirector Gilles Paquet-Brenner never seen Psycho, Texas Chainsaw, andthe Nightmare on Elm Street films. He even uses that "One, Two,Freddy's Coming For You" song several times. Real creative there,buddy.

    I won't go into the details of the end of the film partly because Idon't want to ruin it for you but mostly because it's so dumb that Idon't want to bother spending my time explaining it. I will tell youone thing though. There's a particularly amusing scene where the boyaccuses Samantha of thinking that he's nothing but a "crazy littleboy." You gotta see this scene, man, it's hilarious. At the time thathe says that to her, I won't tell you what he happens to be doing, butwhen you make a statement like that, it's generally not a good time tobe acting like a crazy little boy.

    What follows that scene is a third act that is not entirely withouteffect, but definitely one of the dumbest situations that I've seen ina horror movie in some years. It is so bizarre and makes so littlesense that the movie almost becomes a mystery. Another mystery is whythe thing got made in the first place, but sadly, after seeing themovie, I don't think I'm every going to be able to bring myself to readthe book…

  2. MidnightWraith from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    I had high hopes for this movie after seeing the trailer. This couldhave been a good movie, but… The production team seemed to have runout of money, and then had to wrap it up really fast half way through,causing a hasty and staggering series of quick shots with "one-take"scenes. This, obviously, made the actors look bad and that's a shame.They did a good job at the beginning of the film. The first 20-30minutes of the movie is actually pretty good, but I'll save you thetime by saying that it went downhill FAST. I'll give you perspectivethat the budget of a film means nothing to me. Sure, I love the specialeffects that make the big-budget films soar and help tell the story,but I like the low-budget, indie films just as well, provided it tellsa good story. This film has neither. When they started to rush, theylost the viewer by getting off track, and seemingly changing the actualstory line, making it confusing, wobbly-paced, and completelydestroying the story. Not intense, not scary, not interesting. Saveyour time and enjoy a good indie thriller or a big-budget film thatyou've yet to see.

  3. nefastus from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    I rented this movie yesterday and really didn't expect much to behonest. Many current horror titles are very uninspired and frankly relytoo much on gore and not enough on story or atmosphere. I was surprisedthough, it was an engaging story, taking inspiration for Poe perhaps,Agento and others which isn't a bad thing, and actually keeping a senseof its own identity and style. I love horror movies, especially onesthat rely more on imagination and atmosphere, this one does to anextent but then focuses on the human element and becomes more of athriller, in this I felt a little cheated.

    The building which is the object of the movie is simply a nice piece ofGothic, deco art. Sinister and yet elegant in its simplicity, huge andmonstrous in its presence. The premise works in the beginning and theactors do not disappoint. It is suggestion that works here as well as apsychological drama that is as twisted as an abnormal Mother and sonrelationship and dark secrets of the past mingled with arcane knowledgeof the architecture of forbidden temples. Sadly though, I wished formore emphasis on the later aspect, it held my interest and fascination,but it veered into a film about a demented teenage crush. If more timehad been spent on the architect, his history and theories as well asthe previous murders then the chill factor would have been amped up.

    The building should have been the real star here and its creator and toa large extent it is, yet it slowly is pushed into the background anddwarfed by a teenager's obsession and some of the dwellings ratherseemed to be almost inconsistent in their art direction. The inhabiteddwellings almost seemed cheap, bland compared to the overall presenceof the building. It caused a sense of confusion, perhaps intentional.

    Enjoyable yet flawed and could have been developed into a much richerfilm. It is still a fun view. I hope the director continues with thegenre, though this film has its flaws, the director has potential.

  4. xanampinto from Portugal
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    I was thrilled on the first hour movie, but when little jimmy trickedSam, the movie simply became meaningless and with a forced story… Ican't understand why it is an horror movie, instead of a psychothriller! There's no scary images…there's only an expectations.

    The movie idea was great, but the director could use it better. It issenseless the fact that we know everything (the "heart" of the story)on the first 5 minutes of film, and the rest is only a soap opera. Whydidn't the directors oculted the fact that people died between thewalls? They could just give clues…and the movie could role aroundthat… but no…they said everything at the beginning…

    It's an OK movie to see at home.

  5. dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    Young engineering grad who has just been made a partner in her fathersdemolition firm goes to the begin destruction of a notorious buildingwhere 16 people were entombed. The prison like building sits in themiddle of nowhere with only the care taker and her son in the building.Of course strange things begin to happen as secrets are revealed andthe life of our heroine is put in jeopardy.

    Creepy movie kind of works if you can manage to over look the numerousillogical twists, beginning with who in their right (or wrong) mindwould build a nightmare like the main location in the middle ofnowhere? Every other twist turn and step is full of questions as well.Its a mess plot-wise. And yet the film almost works, there is somethingabout the illogic and the look of the film that creates a mood thatalmost overcomes the plot's short comings. Worth a look if you cancatch this on cable since there is a chance this might click with you.It kind of almost clicked with me.

  6. catfish-er from Orlando, Florida
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    This movie showed a lot of potential, with a compelling premise. Itfeatures an imposing edifice, which is beautiful, simple, stark,magnificent, puzzling, and foreboding. And, what turns out to be a madgenius architect. What could go wrong?

    From a time perspective, nothing meshes.

    The mother was pregnant when the murders were committed. Then, we learnthat the murderer has been imprisoned for 11 years, when the policearrived. However, the boy, is now a teenager.

    He has the dog (his best friend)of one of the victims. How old is thatdog? Not only that; but, this victim's family's apartment isundisturbed all this time? It just didn't make sense.

    Add to that the rush to resolve everything; and, the ending justcollapses on itself. Unlike the building.

  7. sol from Brooklyn NY USA
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    ***MAJOR SPOILERS*** Right from the very start, as soon as I laid eyeson it, all I wanted to see in the movie "Walled In" was that ugly anddepressing looking Malesrazza Buliding blown to bits! Which is exactlywhat young and pretty building demolition expert Sam Walczak, MischaBarton, was planning to do. Instead I got this crazy serial murdermystery involving the building's deranged architect Joe Malestrazza,Pascal Greggory,who's been on the lamb from the police since it wasdiscovered in his monstrosity, the Malestrazza Building, some 16tenants who were entombed by him , obviously for being late in payingtheir rent, in its walls.

    One of Joe's victims also happened to be the building's caretaker thecreepy looking Mary's, Deborah Kara Unger, husband. The spaced-outlooking Mary together with her even creeper looking 15 year old sonJimmy, Cameron Bright, have been living in the building since Joe, withthe police hot on his tail, checked out.

    Sam showing up at the building to get everything ready to blow it skyhigh finds that not only Mary and Jimmy live in it but also disabledarmy veteran Burnett, played by former Tronto Argonaut offensivelineman Eugene Clark, and the somewhat senile Denise, Jane Hedlyon, aswell! Jimmy who's sick and tired of taking orders from his overbearingmom Mary tries to hook up, even though she old enough to be his bigsister, Sam and finally leave the place and start a life of his own.

    ****SPOILERS*** It's then that we, and Sam, get the surprise of ourlives in finding out that the elusive Joe Malestrazza has been livingin the building the entire time he was supposed to be on the run fromthe law! Joe's been kept under lock and key,in the buildings top floor,by Mary herself as punishment for not only doing in some 15 or soformer tenant but her husband-and Jimmy's father-as well! The rest themovie centers around poor Sam, who ends up being locked up togetherwith the mad as a hatter Joe Malesrazza, having to put up with Joe'scraziness that almost drives her to the brink of madness! Joe seems towant to be done in for all the hurt he's done over the years, likehaving his god-awful Malesrazza Buliding built, and wants, for reasonshe only knows, Sam to be the person to do him in!

    This all would have been good and well if Sam, by knocking off twomonstrosities with one blast of explosives, would have finished off Joetogether with his unsightly, that looked like a modern version ofHitler's Bunker, Malestrazza Building! It's just too bad that themovie, due to its lack of imagination and sense of justice, didn't endthe way we expected, and hoped, it would! With a great big Bang!

  8. Scarecrow-88 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    Malestrazza(Pascal Greggory)is an architectural genius, with somethinglike 27 buildings to his credit, inspired by the Egyptians and theirinnovative Pyramids..but, he's also a psychopath who walled in many ofhis tenants and when he was caught, it resulted in his mysteriousdeath. Mischa Barton is Samantha Walczak, sent to the Malestrazzaapartment to inform the tenants of it's condemnation proceedings and isto prepare her company with the proper instructions on where todetonate the building. This apartment complex is a dynamo in that ithas secret passages and even perhaps undiscovered rooms..Sam noticesthat the blueprints to the building are "off" and she would like tofigure out if there's places still yet to be found. Certain tenantsremain in the building while most fled after the corpses of occupantswere pulled from their manufactured "sarcofaguses" created byMalestrazza located in his "sleeping quarters"(he had no furniture,just books). Sam meets a mother and son, Mary(Deborah Kara Unger)andJimmy(Cameron Bright)whose patriarch was one of Malestrazza's victims.Jimmy develops a crush on Sam, while Mary tries to convince him thatany future with her could never be. Also in the building isoxygen-deprived Burnett(Eugene Clark)who clings to his tanks for anyair, living on a minuscule disability check per month. Denise(JaneRedlyon)is an old kook who seems to live in her own world, seeminglyable to shoo away the horrible reputation of the apartment(likeBurnett, there may be no place for her to go so she just accepts whathas happened, placing it all in the back of her mind). Sam does take aliking to Jimmy(why is anyone's guess, most viewers, I imagine, will bebeckoning for Sam to stay away from this kid)and he shows herMalestrazza's "place of rest", including the holes in the wall wherethe victims were chiseled out. Soon, Jimmy, out of desperation to keepher from leaving, will allow Sam to see Malestrazza's "lostarchitecture documents", and, sure enough, the woman will seek to findwhat lies in the massive space at the center of the apartment. And,what(and who)lies in that hole will test Sam's fragile psychologicalstate(the apartment was already "getting to her", voices speaking,nightmarish images tormenting her)as Jimmy has a little surprise instore.

    Those who are claustrophobic might find WALLED IN a bit horrifying asit deals with finding yourself trapped without an exit. Even worse isbeing trapped with a deranged crazy she thought had perished. Bartonglams down for this role, never wearing any make-up, mostly dressed indrab masculine types of clothes(Jimmy wonders if she's a dyke)and hasquite a tortured character. Pascal Greggory has one of those kinds ofcharacters which makes your skin crawl, the kind of creep you certainlydon't want to be stuck in a pit with.

    I've always thought Cameron Bright was a creepy kid and his Jimmy inWALLED IN is no different. I think many, from the moment he appears onscreen, will know Jimmy has "issues"..he's definitely not the kind ofkid you'd probably turn your back to or trust in a dark hallway. Ungerhas her usual nutjob role, a woman seriously warped by her husband'sdeath, baggage she hasn't been able to free herself from..the quiet andcalm, her sultry voice, it's all masking an inner turmoil that remains.The only reason, she explains to Sam, that they stay in the apartmentis because Mary feels close to her husband's spirit. But, in doing so,neither her or the son can truly recover and move on, and we can seethat both have been "compromised" by the building. What Jimmy does toSam, I figure most will welcome his eventual fate. If you like moviesabout spooky buildings hiding something possibly sinister, WALLED INjust might be worth your while.

  9. MovieGuy01 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 12:48 pm

    I saw The film Walled In last night,and thought that i was a goodhorror film. It is about a young engineer Samantha Walczak, who on theday of her birthday she is assigned by her father to do a structuralanalysis of an eight-floor building. One hundred and twenty units arelocated in the middle of nowhere and they require demolition. Sam findsfour tenants, having received the eviction notice, but are still livingin the building, the caretaker Mary and her teenage son Jimmy, Burnettand lady Denise. Mary lets Sam stay in apartment 208. The room isalready furnished as the former people who lived there have nevercollected their furniture. Jimmy becomes friends with Sam and advisescertain "rules" to be done. Sam is haunted during the nights by ghostlynoises and discovers that the building has dreadful secrets. Sheinvestigates further and finds that the architect, Joseph Malestrazza,built the place following the work of the Egyptian pyramids. Twelveyears ago, one worker walled people in, including Mary's belovedhusband, entombing the victims in cement. I thought that the endingcould have been a bit better but is was a good film.

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