D-Railed – USA, 2018 – reviews

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[Total: 15   Average: 2.4/5]

‘Full scream ahead’

D-Railed is a 2019 American horror feature film directed by Dale Fabrigar (Area 407) from a screenplay co-written with Everette Wallin. The movie was produced by Suzanne DeLaurentiis and stars Lance Henriksen, Frank Lammers, Shae Smolik, Tonya Kay, Everette Wallin and Carter Scott.

Plot:

A group of unsuspecting passengers board a murder mystery train that derails and what awaits them in the murky water is far worse than anything they could ever imagine…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“If you’re in the mood for a movie that’ll keep you guessing — and combines undersea humanoid monsters with 1930’s Clue–like murder mystery — this is it. Honestly, it’s a genre unto itself.” B & S About Movies

D-Railed chugs along quite well at times but is derailed again and again by poor dialogue, bad acting and a plot which is stretched way too thin. There are some entertaining sequences and decent set-ups but not enough to hold interest for a feature.” Backseat Mafia

“The creature design, even if the budgeted film had to do a lot of cutaway scenes, looked cool enough. But practicality doesn’t always save a movie from being good or bad. D-Railed featured some twists that didn’t make much sense, it’s a bit non-coherent, and the main cast just felt underutilized…” Elements of Madness

“While the ending is predictable and not as boldly original as the rest of the film, don’t let that stop you from checking out the movie. The directing keeps the tension high while effectively juggling the various tones and genres. The cast is nothing short of miraculous with Carter Scott giving a career-defining, star-making turn as Evelyn.” Film Threat

“This is a movie with brains, blood, and rich characters that makes you question everything you’re watching.  But most importantly, it’s fun! It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s why it works.” Horror Movie Reviews

“Shame there’s not more monster action and less train-set murder mystery stuff, but when the creature is (briefly) on screen there is a twinge of nostalgia for gory 1980’s low-rent Roger Corman productions. The cheap digital FX inevitably stand out, and Lance Henriksen phones in his cameo…” Horrorscreams Videovault

“A large cast of interesting characters, a creature from the deep dark waters, murder, mayhem and mystery. That’s what D-Railed is selling, and it delivers in many ways. It really is a lot of fun much of the time, and can’t be accused of not going all-out on being a bloody and action-packed story.” Nerdly

“The scenes of the creature picking the survivors off one at a time are suspenseful and fairly bloody. The gore, as well as the creature, are actually practical effects […] It may have some bad flaws, and may not be overly original, but D-Railed does stay interesting, right down to its creepy Twilight Zone ending.” Voices from the Balcony

“A few twists and turns from a creative script isn’t executed well enough to have many surprises. The underwater creature is given away in the poster for the film banking on a final twist that just isn’t portrayed well enough on screen to be shocking. I do love the creature suit even if the budgeted film had to do a lot of cutaway scenes.” Without Your Head

Release:

The movie premiered on December 1st 2018 at the New York City Horror Film Festival.

D-Railed was released in the US by Uncork’d Entertainment on August 6, 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Lance Henriksen … Manny
  • Frank Lammers … The Host
  • Tonya Kay … GiGi
  • Shae Smolik … Abigail
  • Everette Wallin … Thomas
  • Daniel O’Reilly … Marcus
  • Jack Betts … The Conductor
  • Carter Scott … Evelyn
  • Gregg Christie … The Trainmaster
  • Giovannie Espiritu … Jackie
  •  Marvin Ryan … Martin
  • Alexis Safoyan … Scarlet
  • Leticia LaBelle … Antonia
  • Mia Christou … Kathryn
  • Ben Hopkins … Clyde

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Technical details:

90 minutes

  

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