The Super – USA, 2017: updated with more reviews

‘He has your keys’

The Super is a 2017 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Stephan Rick (The Dark Side of the Moon) from a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin (Hitchcock; Black Swan). The movie stars Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer and Louisa Krause.

Plot:

Several tenants have mysteriously vanished at a luxury New York City apartment building, Phil Lodge (Patrick John Flueger), the building’s new superintendent and a former NYPD officer, immediately suspects Walter (Val Kilmer), the strange maintenance man. With his daughters’ lives on the line, Phil must decipher the cryptic riddles in which Walter speaks to solve the disappearances before it’s too late…

Review:

“Sadly, The Super attempts to inflate supernatural hokum, trying to outwit the audience with a few turns of behavior and a blurring of reality. Perhaps it all makes sense if one pays complete attention to the unrest, but the picture doesn’t earn that level of concentration…” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

“Wolf’s original conception (such as it was) was for something more along the lines of a traditional slasher film, with perhaps just a hint of a supernatural element, but the final version of the film is decidedly skewed toward the supernatural element, with the “kill scenes” seeming particularly disruptive as a result.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com 

“It is rare when the writing, acting, and staging all come together and create a realistic story that allows you to feel a range of emotions, but The Super is that film. Nothing is a throw away for filler. Every piece fits perfectly.” Sarah Salvaggio, Cryptic Rock

“The herring rouge come thick and fast in this rather old fashioned but by no means unenjoyable mix of hider-in-the-house movies and The Sixth Sense. For once the NYC apartment setting doesn’t offer up über glamorous flats that nobody on average salaries would be able to afford.” Dark Eyes of London

“The story may go a little off the rails and the ending is bit ‘meh’ but the run-up to that point is very entertaining. The Super could have been a lot better if it had carried on in the vein in which it opens but it quickly becomes too formulaic before trying to throw you off balance with a twist that you’ll either love or groan at.” Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

“There are details related to the daily struggles involved in working class life and the ways people carve out space for themselves when they can’t do things the conventional way that add to this richness. In an age when horror films seem to be focusing on increasingly tiny casts, the scope of the film makes it stand out.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

The Super is well written and acted—two things that should be givens but often aren’t, especially in genre films—and the fact that the story unfolds in the middle of one of the most densely populated cities in the world doesn’t diminish the sense of isolation the story requires. The rambling, past-its-prime apartment building is a world of its own…” Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal

Cast and characters:

Filming locations:

Manhattan, New York City, New York

Release:

Saban Films released The Super on October 19, 2018.

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