Written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, if there has been a worse mainstream horror movie than 11-11-11 in the last 10 years then I really can’t think of it. In fact, I’m actually struggling to think of ANY horror movie in the last 10 years that I have disliked as much as this one. It isn’t as bad as many of the negative reviews have made it out to be. It’s worse. Before you go thinking that I accidentally watched the “mockbuster” put out by The Asylum (which has the cunning title “11/11/11” – absolutely serious so be wary of accidentally grabbing that one) let me just remind you that I’m not quite that stupid. Most of the time.
A writer (Timothy Gibbs) finds himself at a low point in his life. He survived an incident that killed his wife and son but it has left him, understandably, frustrated and emotional and angry with the life that goes on around him. When he receives a request to visit his dying father he heads back to the family home in Spain and begins arguing with his deeply religious brother (played by Michael Landes) about a god that he no longer believes in. And then he starts noticing that a lot of major events in his life have happened on 11-11 so perhaps the biggest event yet will occur on 11-11-11.
If you ever saw The Number 23 and thought it was a bit of a mess then you’re going to hate 11-11-11, a movie that seems to have been based around nothing more than a quirky release date. Mind you, if you’ve ever seen any decent horror movie then you’re probably going to hate 11-11-11 anyway. Because it’s awful.
The acting is okay, I suppose. Nobody is all that convincing, and it’s hard to judge properly because the movie itself is so lame, but I’ll give Timothy Gibbs and everyone else the benefit of the doubt here. Especially Michael Landes, who I tend to find enjoyable enough onscreen, and Wendy Glenn, who was very attractive.
Sadly, nothing else works. It’s hard to work out just what Darren Lynn Bousman thought he was going to achieve with this movie. It does actually seem as if someone gave him the release date and told him to cobble something together around it. There’s no tension, any plot twists are predictable almost from the very beginning and every single scare is of the cheap variety (something appears suddenly accompanied by a musical sting).
This is the worst kind of bloodless, mainstream horror nonsense and gives the genre a bad name. One to avoid at all costs.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN
STARS: TIMOTHY GIBBS, MICHAEL LANDES, WENDY GLENN, ANGELA ROSAL, LLUIS SOLER
RUNTIME: 90 MINS APPROX