Talon Falls lacks much substance, story, and tension, but it’s satisfying enough for those looking for a little gory, mindless fun.
As the film begins, right away we’re introduced to pretty familiar territory: a group of college kids headed to a cabin in the woods. They stop at a gas station that is run by a hillbilly who creeps out the group as they stop for gas. It’s here where they find out about Talon Falls, a local haunted house attraction. Looking for something fun to do, the group decides to give the scream park a try.
Like House of Purgatory and 6 Degrees of Hell before it, Talon Falls continues the nightmarish scenario of the events taking place inside Halloween attractions being real and not part of the show. It’s a scary thought — and a relatively new take on the haunted house sub genre.
That being said, it doesn’t make for the most original storytelling. By default, we get scenes from insane asylums and chainsaw-wielding maniacs; typical haunted house fare and hardly new scenarios for a horror flick.
The one thing that Talon Falls lacks most is a story of any kind for the viewer to grab on to. It’s just a look at a nightmare situation for a group of very unlucky kids that begins to feel like a stretched out short film around half way through the film.
Given the built in, predictable location and lack of any real story, the stakes were non-existent, and there were no surprises to be had. It’s a pretty straightforward premise, and you know what the film is from the get go.
All of this isn’t to say that Talon Falls is a bad film, because for the most part it isn’t. It just suffers from a lifeless script. On the plus side, with a run time of 74 minutes, it moves fast and serves its purpose as a quick watch Halloween flick. Honestly, I got the feeling that’s exactly what it set out to be.
It may take itself a little too seriously in the middle act, but it also serves up a good amount of gore, some decent acting and solid Halloween atmosphere and visuals. And for 74 minutes on a night in October, I suppose that’s enough to qualify as a one-time watch.
There’s just not much meat on the bone here. The film relies too heavily on its scream park attraction atmosphere, lacks any interesting characters and feels a bit stale without any surprises. If you’re done binge watching all your usual Halloween flicks and are desperately searching for something new, give it a watch. But it definitely won’t make your regular holiday rotation.