The Hoarder – UK, 2015

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‘His collection is almost complete’

The Hoarder – aka Bunker – is a 2015 British horror feature film directed by Matt Winn from a screenplay co-written with James Handel and Chris Denne. It stars Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper and Andrew Buckley.

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When Ella discovers her Wall Street banker boyfriend is renting a secret storage unit, she suspects he’s using it to hide an affair. Enlisting the help of her best friend Molly she breaks into the facility only to discover something more terrifying instead.

Now trapped in a darkened building with a group of neurotic strangers who start disappearing one by one, Ella soon uncovers even worse horror in the dank depths. Her life or death battle to escape eternal enslavement is about to begin…

Reviews:

“Perhaps the most notable achievement made is the ending. It is distinctly fresh and interesting, but even this smacks of something that could have been better reinforced or simply made more impactful. The symmetry it gives with an earlier scene is well-crafted, but feels restrained for a final shot. What the audience wanted was a hair-raising scream, but what we are given is an uneasy shriek and titter.” Greg Fisher, Horror Talk

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” … highly reminiscent of many different films, such as Devil, Cube, Vacancy and even the original Alien, but it still has a slight freshness to it. Sure, all its elements have been seen before but the combination of these elements placed together offers the viewer something that isn’t wholly predictable and, while a long way from ground-breaking, does make for an entertaining movie with the occasional tense moment.” Si Barnes, Horror News

“The editing is sharp, giving us smooth transitions and consistently eerie atmosphere. The makeup department absolutely kills, with some subtle yet astoundingly evident and convincing work. The direction is smooth, allowing the story to unravel without hiccup. The Hoarder, to summarize, really gets a lot of things right that could have easily gone wrong.” Matt Molgaard, Horrorfreak News

” …there is an appealing assortment of characters played by the likes of Mischa Barton and Emily Atack. There are flashes of a very tidy horror buried deep within owing to some nifty make-up effect, but with its inconsistent pace and a predilection to really drag during a few scenes, it sadly never gains the momentum to really lift you off your seat.” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

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“In terms of suspense, there isn’t really a lot going on there either. Characters are killed off with no time to build them properly, but the ending sort of works and again, without revealing what the situation is and spoiling it, the final 20 or so minutes do feel more worthwhile than if it was just a creature movie, so that made a bit of a nice change.” Sorry, Never Heard of It

“When a film excels as much as this one does at creating an overall “vibe” of fear and dread, I’m prepared to let certain gaps of logic (even sizable ones) slide. So take that, all you readers who feel like I’m consistently “too tough” on things. Other flaws are a little more difficult to forgive — the identity of the creep behind all this shit should be fairly obvious to anyone paying even a passing degree of attention and Barton’s acting is far too one-dimensional and wooden…” Ryan C., Trash Film Guru

“Entertaining for the majority of its running time, the film is let down by clunky dialogue, some stupid character actions, and some annoying characters.” James Pemberton, UK Horror Scene

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Buy: Amazon.co.uk (English language)

Main cast: 

  • Mischa Barton … Ella
  • Robert Knepper … Vince
  • Emily Atack … Molly
  • Andrew Buckley … Stephen
  • Valene Kane … Willow
  • John Sackville … Ian
  • Charlotte Salt … Sarah
  • Richard Sumitro … Rashid
  • Jamie Bacon … Wayne
  • Philip Philmar … Jeffrey

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2 Comments on “The Hoarder – UK, 2015”

  1. I was turned off from the movie because of your review, still I watched the trailer to see if the remove matches. I agree in some aspects that the movie is not a shocker. It has a formula that’s present in most horror/suspense movies. However what strikes me is the fact it exploits a storage facility and I think that’s the scare to it. Overall, your rating is fair enough for people to watch it.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Patrick. The three review quotes above (with links to the full reviews) aren’t, in fact, our review. Horrorpedia.com offers a range of review quotes/links from the web, magazines and books, to provide potential viewers and/or purchasers informed choices, backed with – as you note – teaser(s) and trailer(s). That said, we watched The Hoarder last night and will be adding our own Horrorpedia comment later today!

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