Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#1,527. 100 Feet (2008)

Directed By: Eric Red

Starring: Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Ed Westwick

Tag line: "Accused of Killing Her Husband, Confined To The Home He Now Haunts"

Trivia: In Brazil, this film was released as Hostage Spirit

After spending several years in prison for murdering her abusive husband (who also happened to be a cop), Marnie (Famke Janssen) finally heads home, where she’ll be under house arrest for the next 12 months. Thanks to the electronic tracking device attached to her leg, Marnie is restricted to a 100-foot radius; if she wanders beyond that point, she'll be back in jail before she knows it. 

Despite these limitations, Marnie does her best to lead a normal life. But as she'll soon discover, she’s not alone in the house; the ghost of her dead husband Mike (played by Michael Paré) resides there as well, and needless to say, he’s pretty pissed off that she killed him. 

Before long, Mike picks up right where he left off, beating Marnie on a regular basis. For help, Marnie turns to Shanks (Bobby Cannavale), her husband’s former partner, as well as Joey (Ed Westwick), the delivery boy for the local supermarket. But will they believe that she's being tormented by a ghost, or is Marnie doomed to spend the next year as a punching bag?

The best thing about Eric Red's 100 Feet is the electrifying performance delivered by Famke Janssen, playing a once-battered housewife who continues to suffer at the hands of a deranged ghost. Yet what makes her character so fascinating isn't that she's living with a spirit, but the manner in which she approaches the entire ordeal. As portrayed by Janssen, Marnie is a tough-as-nails woman who refuses to allow a ghostly presence to drive her from her home. There are even times when she has a few choice words for her late husband (after being attacked in the kitchen, Marnie defiantly shouts “You had it coming”, reminding Mike that it’s his own fault he’s dead). From start to finish, Janssen coveys her character’s inner strength, and does so is a way that’s entirely convincing.

Horror-wise, 100 Feet is a bit more hit and miss; mixed in with the effective shocks (the sequence where Mike first makes his presence known to Marnie is abundantly creepy) are a few cheap ones (yet again, we get a screeching cat, a time-honored jump scare that’s been done to death). But the real problem is the ghost itself, which is somewhat inconsistent (while it usually appears in full form, there are times when we can’t see it at all). There’s even a scene where Marnie takes a swing at Mike and actually connects, something that had me scratching my head when, later on, she tries knocking him down with a baseball bat and it simply passes through him.

These issues aside, 100 Feet is a movie I’d recommend (Famke Janssen really is that good). But if it’s wall-to-wall scares you’re after, you might want to look elsewhere.


Mats said...

Must check this one out, love Famke :)

Jason Courville said...

I thought it was excellent, the special effects were great,and there were enough tense moments in the movie to counter the jump scares and keep me interested. Both famke Janssen and Bobby Carnivale were very good,they played off one another so well.