Cast: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Ken Campbell
Director: Wr/Dir Christopher Smith
Certificate: UK/Ger 2003, Cert 18, rt 85 mins,
Young Brit director Chris Smith sets his feature length debut on the London underground where nasty things appear to go on down in the tunnels.
Franka Potente plays Kate a with-it girl who takes a tube ride home one night in a bid to avoid the lecherous clutches of Guy (Jeremy Sheffield) and taking the last train home on the tube, finds she faces certain death as the train driver and other passengers get killed by something mysterious lurking in the shadows.
Before long, Kate is hearing piercing screams coming from the depths and worse, she finds all the entrances locked. Trapped down on the underground, Kate is faced with the fact that she must walk down into the dark tunnels to find a way out. The trouble is, will she find and encounter something more in the darkness Ö
This horror debut isnít half-bad. Filmed largely with hand-held cameras, it does well to preserve the tension, cleverly not showing you for a long time the monster that lurks within the shadows. That serves to create in your own imagination something terrible.
Thankfully the macabre world once unearthed isnít a disappointment and the mutantís lair whilst not entirely believable (how is it served with electricity for example?) is still suitably scary and a world youíd prefer not to encounter. Thereís plenty of scenes shot in cramped dark tunnels too and the screams in the darkness do genuinely unnerve you. Thankfully there are one or two laughs thrown in for good measure too.