The Task (2011) – Review

It was a dreadful task watching this horror movie indeed. Bad acting, a copy-paste plot and a cheesy outcome is what a viewer can get from The TaskAfter Dark Films did it again with another catastrophe, adding one more to the list of its regrettably seen films like Crazy Eights and The Graves.

The Task is the scary story of a reality tv show that turned into a nightmare. Six contestants are Saw-ishly snatched and thrown into a haunted abandoned prison. Each one of them has to complete a task that will guarantee their stay in the show and their claim of the $20,000 prize.

Connie (Alexandra Staden), the ruthless producer of the show, is in for a big surprise as things won’t go as planned. The deadly ghost of the warden and his vicious instincts will disrupt the smooth running of the game.

What is really worth mentioning about The Task is the inexplicably bad acting. Tacky dialogues, predictable characters, awful dramatic reactions. Being trapped inside a box full of feces,  someone would probably be utterly panicking rather than just breathing heavily saying in a calm voice “Could you please let me out, it’s not funny any more”.

In addition to that, I can’t see the point of having an evil moustached ghost haunting an abandoned building without the actors being actually able to cry, scream and freak out. Let alone not having one decent murder scene. As a viewer, you have to expect murders, imagine them happening and see them behind the blurry figure of the warden.

The plot changes throughout, which sometimes could be a great twist in the movie and some other times – like this one – is  a boring, exhausting and ridiculous idea. Who is the real contestant, who is the killer, is there actually a killer, who is playing whom, they are all issues to be dealt with delicately. If you can’t do it, don’t bother.

In this case, they couldn’t do, but they did try. Too bad the outcome was a cheesy, absurd and disastrous horror movie.

6 Responses to “The Task (2011) – Review”
  1. The only thing better than a review of a great film, is a scathing review of a really bad one. I actually haven’t seen any of the After Dark originals, and after this I don’t think I’ll start… it sounds awful, ha.


    • maria kriva says:

      Haha it really was! I was totally fooled by the creepy guy on the movies’s poster. Unfortunately I have watched a few After Dark films, so l should have known better! Haha


  2. thycriticman says:

    I’ve heard of this one, and now I know I should keep it just to my ears instead letting my eyes see it.


  3. thycriticman says:

    I’ve heard of this one, and now I know I should keep it just to my ears instead of letting my eyes see it as well.


    • maria kriva says:

      Haha true, I wouldn’t recommend it! It was not good! It’s a shame when a promising plot goes completely to waste when the cast is this bad! 🙂


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