Monday at 11:01 A.M. – 2015 – reviews

 

Monday-at-11-01-AM

‘When time stands still’

Monday at 11:01 A.M. is a 2015 horror thriller directed by Harvey Lowry from a screenplay by Charles Agron, who also stars.

Main cast:

Charles Agron, Briana Evigan, Lance Henriksen, Robin Acker, Tom Allen, Parke Arnold, Chris Barber, Bailey Beede, Sam Clark, Yen Dao, Jay Dee.

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Plot:

Michael and Jenny, a young couple, find themselves in a beautiful yet eerie mountain town where everyone seems strangely familiar. While Jenny busies herself in the small antique shops – Michael wanders into the local watering hole. The bartender (Lance Henriksen) dares Michael to check out Olivia (Briana Evigan), a sultry brunette in the corner. After a drink, Michael takes him up on the offer and moves to sit next to her. The two begin an ominous flirtation with Olivia slipping him her phone number. Michael and Jenny decide to stay overnight at the dimly lit and ageing hotel.

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During the night Michael hears frantic screams from another room. When he calls the front desk for help, he is met with cold indifference. No-one believes him including Jenny. As his hallucinations become more real through a series of horrific events, Michael finds himself desperately trying to walk the line between reality and the terror…

Reviews:

“Director Harvey Lowry infuses the familiar proceedings with an impressive visual stylishness, aided by Emmanuel Vouniozos’ blue-drenched cinematography. But screenwriter/producer Agron made a mistake casting himself in the central role. Making his lead acting debut, he not only fails to make us care about his character, he actually alienates us. You’ll find yourself wanting to check out as much as Michael does.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Overall, Monday at 11:01 A.M really does not do anything special. The story has been done dozens of times and doesn’t add anything new to the table. On top of that besides Henriksen, the acting is pretty awful, especially Agron’s as he sputters stupid dialogue and acts in a way that doesn’t make sense to the character.” Horrophilia

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” … not just overacted and overwritten (by Agron) but that also only gets worse before it finally — thankfully — gets better. Inspired, according to Agron, by The Twilight Zone and the works of Stephen King, including The Shining, Monday at 11:01 a.m. would probably work well as a half-hour television episode or a short story. As a feature film, unfortunately, it feels a bit like clock watching.” The Washington Post

“People behave erratically, from the hotel staff to the randy old bartender (Lance Henriksen), though it’s difficult to tell if they’re meant to be this creepy or if it’s another of the script’s many flaws — one of which is that the dialogue consists entirely of word-vomit.” Village Voice

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