Horrible weather out today, feeling rather under the weather myself, so time for a nice horror film this morning… from Dutch writer / director Nick Jongerius (“Spangas”, “The RedRoom”) comes this year’s “The Windmill”.
Originally titled “The Windmill Massacre”, the film opens with flashbacks to a burning static caravan before we switch to Amsterdam where we are introduced to Australian nanny Jennifer (Charlotte Beaumont – “Broadchurch”, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”) who scarpers when the father of the family she works for challenges her over her identity.
A number of other characters are gradually brought into play through introductory scenes, including distracted businessman Douglas (Patrick Baladi – “The Office”, “Stella”) and his young son Curt (Adam Thomas Wright – “The Awakening”, “Altar”).
Others are photographer Ruby (Fiona Hampton – “Kingsman – The Secret Service”, “Legacy”), surgeon Nicholas (Noah Taylor – “Vanilla Sky”, “Submarine”), soldier Jackson (Ben Batt – “The Village”, “Scott & Bailey”) and Takashi (Tanroh Ishida – “The Railway Man”, “47 Ronin”) who is in Holland to scatter his grandmother’s ashes.
These disparate personalities come together when they all board a sightseeing coach trip to view some of Holland’s sights and landmarks. Whilst driving down a rural track Jennifer thinks she sees something that causes her to get the driver Abe (Bart Klever – “Clean Hands”, “The Pool”) to stop the coach. When he is unable to restart the engine the motley bunch seek refuge in a wooden shack in the shadow of an old windmill.
Whilst there they learn the legend of a miller supposedly burnt to death inside his windmill when local villagers discovered that the Devil-worshipping miller had been killing and grinding the bones of his victims in the mill. Then people start to disappear and it becomes clear that they all seem to fall within the category of person-with-dark–guilty-secret. Is this a coincidence or has something drawn these folk together?…
A fairly straight-forward horror / slasher film with a supernatural element, I thought that despite the fact that you know pretty early on what is going on the makers still managed to create a movie that sustains the tension throughout. Decent acting, with Beaumont and Wright carrying a good deal of the tale, a fair amount of gore and a credible plot – certainly worth 85 minutes of your time…