Abandoned Mine (2013)

A group of old friends get together on Halloween for a creepy adventure in to an old abandoned mine, but they quickly find themselves trapped, scared, and at the mercy of some unseen forces that refuse to let them reach the surface in ABANDONED MINE, from 2013. Director Jeff Chamberlain shoots for the same sense of claustrophobia and terror that Neil Marshall was able to instill in THE DESCENT, which is everything ABANDONED MINE is not, including enjoyable. ABANDONED MINE starts off by introducing to a group of characters that are nothing short of annoying, what with the two high school jocks competing for attention over the stereotypical Indian exchange student. Chamberlain mercifully begins killing them off, at least, once the group enters the mine. From there, we are given scattered moments of suffocating suspense as the remaining members struggle through the mine's narrow passages, but these are short lived and lack the impact of the aforementioned film since we have no emotional ties to any of the characters. The frequent shift in to the 'found-footage' serves as a constant reminder that we are watching a film, as well. This ABANDONED MINE is likely to stay that way once it hits store shelves.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like ABANDONED MINE:
THE DESCENT, THE CAVE, GRIM.

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