Shiver (2012)

When Wendy is kidnapped by a sadistic serial killer known as The Griffin, she will have to use her survival instinct to escape. Danielle Harris stars as the timid secretary, Wendy Alden, against John Jarratt's sociopathic killer in SHIVER, from 2012. Part detective story, part slasher/survival picture, SHIVER unfortunately fails at both. On the surface, there are a number of glaring similarities that attempt to pair this film in with other, more successful thrillers like THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS or SE7EN, but the shallow plot and characters place it far below this level. It falls much closer in line with the British shocker, BROKEN, by Simon Boyes and Adam Mason, given The Griffin's attempts to win over his victims through a form of capture-bonding. The weak performances by Danielle Harris and Casper Van Dien come as no surprise, but sadly, John Jarratt is unable to produce another memorable villain like he had done in WOLF CREEK from 2005. In the end, SHIVER will leave you cold.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like SHIVER:
BROKEN, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, CYRUS, SE7EN, THE HORSEMEN.

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