The Manor – Belgium/France, 2017

The Manor – original title: Le manoir – is a 2017 Belgian/French comedy horror film directed by Tony T. Datis from a screenplay by Bernardo Barilli, Dominique Gauriaud, Marc Jarousseau and Jurij Prette. It stars Marc Jarousseau, Nathalie Odzierejko and Ludovik Day.

When friends decide to get together and celebrate the New Year in a remote mansion, they plan on making it a memorable occasion, even if it means being cut off from the outside world.

The festive mood turns sour soon enough when one of them disappears. It rapidly descends into a nightmare when their search for him leads to this discovery of Djamal’s corpse hanging by his penis. Trapped in the middle of nowhere, they’ll have to learn how to work together if they want to survive the night…

Reviews:

“The only R-rated aspects of The Mansion are pervasive drug use and dick jokes. Still, this is top-notch PG-13 caliber viewing experience. It’s light on gore and excessive violence, but that doesn’t make it sanitized—far from it. Fans of horror comedy and satirical eviscerations of youth culture will definitely want to give The Mansion a whirl.” Joshua Millican, Horrorfreak News

“The few hiccups in the movie would be the killer’s questionable attire (a deer mask with elongated antlers) and his actual motive for executing these dirty deeds (no spoilers, don’t worry). I just didn’t really care for, nor believe in, either of these aspects. Neither seemed really credible, creepy, or worth it. All in all, “Le manoir” is still an entertaining first attempt at feature films and promises to be career-worthy…” Simon Rother, Horror-Movies.ca

Le Manoir is a very funny film, but once it ventures into full-fledged horror territory around the midway point, the safety of the characters becomes a concern […] Where most slapsticky horror-comedies avoid crafting characters that are actually worth cheering for, Datis spends a good amount of time building all of them up. While most never totally evolve past their stereotypes, the performers are generally charismatic enough that this doesn’t really matter.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

” …you have to give Datis credit for observing horror movie traditions while tweaking and twisting them at the same time. The mansion itself also represents some very effective location scouting and set dressing. Recommended without reservations for horror fans…” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

“Whereas American & Canadian college kids find their ways to cabins in woods to celebrate Winter and Spring Breaks, European kids flock to castles. It’s the perfect setting for what is essentially a PG-13 (soft R for drug use, perhaps) live-action, 100-minute episode of Scooby-Doo for the New Millennium. Yes, these meddling kids even have a dog!” Joshua Millican,

Main cast:

Marc Jarousseau, Nathalie Odzierejko, Ludovik Day, Jérôme Niel, Yvick Letexier, Vincent Tirel, Vanessa Guide, Delphine Baril, Baptiste Lorber, Lila Lacombe and Willy Denzey.

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