Knife Edge (DVD)

Knife Edge on DVD (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Natalie Press, Hugh Bonneville, Joan Plowright, Matthieu Boujenah, Tamsin Egerton

Directed by Anthony Hickox

Distributed by E1 Entertainment

There are times when I love my job and also times when I hate it. As I’m a huge Anthony Hickox fan, no one was looking forward to his return to directing in the horror genre more than I was. This is the guy who gave us such classics as Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Waxwork, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth! His last genre film was Full Eclipse way back in 1993, and after sitting through Knife Edge, I almost wish it would have stayed that way.

The film tells the story of Emma (Press), a hotshot in the stock market with a sort of sixth sense in terms of when to buy and when to sell, who’s looking to get away from it all now that she’s married the man whom she loves — the very French Henri (Boujenah). Together the duo move to England with her son to start their new lives.

Upon arrival Henri surprises Emma with the news that he has bought her one of the most sprawling mansions you could ever imagine. This place is absolutely massive. But like all homes of this size, it has a history. If watching terror flicks has taught us anything at all, it’s that history, especially horrific history, has a way of repeating itself. Before you know it, Emma is hearing voices and seeing visions of a horrible murder. But is she really? Are there ghosts walking the halls at night trying to send her a message, or is it all in her head?

Knife Edge on DVD (click for larger image)It’s all very familiar stuff plot-wise, but in the hands of Hickox it should be put over rather easily, no? Not really. It’s not that he doesn’t do his thing; some of Knife Edge‘s shots are nothing short of stunning, but the story and more so the cast are just not there to support them. Every line of dialogue is delivered in a manner so stilted and wooden that it’s hard to buy any of the folks in their roles at all. Especially Boujenah as the husband. As mentioned, yes, he is very French, and as as a result every line that he has sounds like he’s just delivering it without any grasp of the meaning of the words. In fact the only character in this whole movie that was truly emoting and not wooden was the house itself. Talk about irony! Kudos to the construction crew, I guess!

Then there’s the storyline. I’m not certain the word “convoluted” even covers it. Somewhere between the ninety-fifth plot twist and the seventy-eighth character turn, I found myself just not caring. During the third act reveals are shot at us in rapid fire succession without even the simplest care in the world as to whether or not they actually make sense. It’s pretty stunning, really, and a total missed opportunity.

I’m thinking the good folks over at E1 Entertainment realized this, too, as the only special feature to be found in this entire package is a trailer, which to its credit makes the movie look way better and more interesting than it is. At least someone here was doing their job other than the director.

In the end Knife Edge proved that Anthony Hickox still has some gas left in the old horror tank, but even that couldn’t stop this mostly mess of a movie from chugging along on fumes.

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    • Vanvance1

      Ummm, did you see Hellraiser 3? How can you be happy with that film after the amazing number 2?

      Hickox isn’t a talent, he never was. Mostly he’s sloppy with a poor sense of pacing and it’s obvious any youthful love of film he had has long since been lost.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Yeah, I didn’t mind part III that much. Believe it or not, it’s a big fan favorite amongst lots of people that I’ve spoken with. At the very least it was goofy fun.

        • PelusaMG

          I could never fathom Butane’s love of this film… :/

        • LifeMi

          I don’t mind Hell on Earth either as it is cheesy fun, but it’s a terrible film. Not as bad as the rancid shit we got when Rick Bota took over for 6, 7 and 8, but bad nonetheless.

        • Cinemascribe

          I agree..Hellraiser III isn’t what I’d call a great movie, but the sum of the parts is more than the whole in this case. The scene where the woman points to Pinhead as he enters the church and barks at the priest “Then what the fuck is that?” is classic.

          I’d also like to add that, although it has nothing to do with Hickox, I thoroughly enjoyed Hellraiser: Hellseeker, which is really the only other entry that I would favorably compare to the first two. Nice mystery aspect to it..like watching a puzzle being solved..and the return of Kirsty was definitely a welcome event.

          The rest of the sequels after Hellbound? Bleah.

          Oh and, uh, back on topic, I thought the trailer for Knife Edge had the film looking like ass. So no surprises here.
          “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

      • PelusaMG

        Couldn’t agree more about H2 and H3… The third film was absolutely shit, and nothing more than by-the-numbers generic slasher fare. Two was an excellent sequel, if for no other reason than it had the wonderful Dr Channard! Part 3 effectively killed the franchise, and made Pinhead into what Krueger became in the NOES series… a smart-arse, one-liner, supernatural killer!