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Film review: Comedown

A pulpy, formulaic nerve-jangler about a group of London teenagers breaking into an abandoned high-rise.

A scene from Comedown, which follows the fate of a group of British teenagers who decide to set up a radio station in an abandoned tower block. Courtesy Serotonin Films
A scene from Comedown, which follows the fate of a group of British teenagers who decide to set up a radio station in an abandoned tower block. Courtesy Serotonin Films

Comedown
**
Director: Menhaj Huda
Starring: Adam Deacon, Sophie Stuckey, Duane Henry, Calum McNab

There is something too familiar about this low-budget British horror film, which adapts a creaky old plot into a modern urban setting. A group of London teenagers breaks into an abandoned tower block to set up a pirate radio station, but a shadowy stranger is already in residence and reacts badly to this intrusion. The stranger starts killing off the youths one by one. A good slasher film is not about originality or realism, of course, but about execution – no pun intended. As such, director Menhaj Huda does a decent job with limited ingredients. But there is nothing in this pulpy, formulaic nerve-jangler that horror fans will not have seen countless times before.


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