Monday, August 12, 2013

The Woman in Black director takes us to The Loch

The world needs a really good Loch Ness Monster movie. It really does. I don't even think one exists, does it? Hmmm.

Well, the world is getting one by way of James Watkins, he who directed the brilliant adaptation of The Woman in Black a couple of years ago.

Now, Watkins co-wrote The Loch. Some other guy named Simon Duric directs. Duric has only directed a short film called Later, but he's been a storyboard artist on a number of high-profile projects like Sherlock Holmes and Prometheus.

A movie is generally only as good as its story, and Watkins has co-scripted something different in terms of a creature feature. Check it out: Michael McKidd seems to have the perfect life a beautiful wife, two wonderful children, a high-powered job, all the trappings of success.
But, scratch the surface and things are not as they appear. His business nears bankruptcy and he has taken drastic measures to prevent anyone from finding out. With his life spiraling out of control, desperation is quickly setting in. 

Trapped and fearing no way out he decides to take his family away to Loch Ness in Scotland, under the false pretenses of a family holiday. Driven to the brink, his real plan is to take their lives, believing they are better off dead than facing the shame of financial ruin and public humiliation.

But as he prepares for his family’s final moments, Michael’s plans are interrupted by something in the water. Lurking just under the surface is a malevolent creature, intent on terrorising the family. As their lives are pulled apart by dark forces beyond their control, a bloody struggle for survival ensues and Michael must fight to save his family from what lies beneath.

Too convoluted maybe? Let's face it, as long as the monster scenes deliver the goods us Basementites will be happy. I look forward to hearing more about The Loch as it moves forward.

Note: author Steve Alten penned a Loch Ness Monster book called The Loch that was also slated to hit the big screen. It's an OK book, and Alten has been a guest on our show, but I think Watkins' take will be more what horror fans are looking for.

Source: Arrow in the Head

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