DIRECTOR: Nick Jongerius
Chris W. Mitchell
Adam Thomas Wright
Jennifer is an Australian woman who has come to Amsterdam to escape her past. She is working as a full-time nanny for a wealthy family. When the patriarch of the family learns that she has been using a fake name when he discovers her real passport. She makes a break for it and runs to evade the authorities. She decides to join a tour bus that is heading out of the city to see the real Holland and their windmills. Little does she realise that the authorities would be the last of her problems.
Being someone that has travelled to Amsterdam twice in two years. I have a love for that city that can't be easily explained. If I were to try, I think Amsterdam is a great city to visit just based on the fact that it feels so freeing. Even with all the seediness of legalised prostitution and readily available weed, it's still a city that is just beautiful to walk around and experience. The people are lovely, friendly, and non-judgemental and the entire city is gorgeous and very old-school. So to set a slasher in Holland had me very excited to watch it.
I'm going to start with the positive aspects of The Windmill Massacre. Nick Jongerius has crafted a gorgeous looking slasher film. Being that the movie is set in Holland, it has a beauty to it. The opening scenes that take place in Amsterdam are quick. It's enough to show you the lively and touristy side of the city. Once we head out of the city, we have some beautiful cinematography that shows the countryside of Holland. These scenes are genuinely marvellous to witness. I can't fault it on a technical level.
The Windmill Massacre also delivers when it comes to the gore and violence. Fans looking for some substantial looking gore effects and a decent amount of bloodshed won't be disappointed by what's put on screen in this film. There are a few ingenious ways that victims are dispatched of within the film that should keep most gorehounds extremely happy. There is also one death scene in the movie that I didn't see coming or expect that had my jaw on the floor.
This film isn't just your typical stalk and slash, slasher movie. I must commend Nick Jongerius and his fellow writers for trying to add something a little bit different to the story. While not everything about the plot is entirely original and you would've seen a few of the plot devices used in better movies, I liked the fact that this movie tried to add a few supernatural twists to the overall story. The whole 'sinner' element was a fun little addition that I thought gave the story more depth than just people being killed by a masked killer.
When it comes to the villain known as The Miller. I doubt he will be joining the ranks of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. The Miller almost reminded me of the killer from the Australian slasher movie CUT! starring Molly Ringwald and Kylie Minogue. They both looked very similar in design, and both films have a supernatural element to the way they these killers are able to murder their victims. The only real difference is the weapon of choice.
When it comes to the acting in the movie, I think it was actually hit and miss for me. Noah Taylor will be the most recognisable of the cast members. His role in the movie while small was still the standout for me. I also enjoyed Fiona Hampton's role in the film as a French photographer. The most significant disappointment when it comes to acting comes in the form of the main star Charlotte Beaumont. She's not the greatest lead actress, and I found her performance boarding on being almost cheesy.
Another big issue in The Windmill Massacre comes down to the characters decisions. This also falls back on the script. Having the characters, who are all being stalked and butchered by a scythe-wielding killer, in which the victims keep leaving the setting of refuge which was an old dilapidated church, was one of the most frustrating things in the film. When you repeatedly set up your characters to be killed off by having them go off on their own or not listening to stern advice about not leaving a place of safety, it just became repetitive and silly.
Lastly, we come to the suspense of the film. While The Windmill Massacre is solid on the gore front, I felt that it lacked a little when it came to scares or suspense. Never once was I creeped out or on the edge of my seat. I think this movie comes across as more unintentionally funny than sinister or scary. Still, if you're easily scared of horror films, this may have a few moments that will spook or shock you.
DEATH TOLL: 8
BLOOD AND GORE:
- Legs sliced off with a scythe.
- Someone's skull is repeatedly stomped on until eyes pop out.
- A few shots of surgery.
- Someone is disembowelled by a scythe.
- Two people are burnt alive in a Caravan fire.
- Someone drowns in a puddle.
- Face sliced with switchblade and fingers inserted into the wound.
- Someone is decapitated by using a rope.
- Someone is stabbed in the stomach.
- Someone's head is bashed in with a bone.
- Someone is set on fire and combusts.
- Someone's neck is sliced open.
- A hook on a chain is smashed through someone's face.
The Windmill Massacre is a slasher that is not quite there for me. I still recommend giving it a watch, though. The movie has some solid bloodshed and death scenes, it's visually impressive and has a couple of supernatural twists thrown into the formula of the stalk and slash film. The downside to the movie, however, is a few silly character decisions, some cheesy performances and a real lack of suspense. Still, you could find worst ways to spend an hour and a half.