When I first read the press release for this film, I didn’t pick up on the fact that it is an anthology. Like V/H/S and its sequel, this film weaves several horror shorts into one overarching storyline. And again, like V/H/S, this film is an outright hit. If you like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, or TALES FROM THE CRYPT, then you’re going to love LOCKER 13!
If you are not familiar with LOCKER 13, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Arc Entertainment:
Skip, the nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park, delves into the mysteries surrounding an old locker. His sage supervisor recounts chilling tales that underscore the importance of making the right choice. The recollection includes an aging boxer who is given an opportunity to become a real killing machine, a young man seeking membership in a secret society who experiences an initiation with deadly consequences, a would-be suicide shaken to his core by a menacing member of a very special club, and a hit-man for hire playing a devious cat-and-mouse game with three women who have a score to settle. The stories suddenly come into play when Skip makes an unsettling discovery and faces a life-or-death situation of his own.
This film blew me away; I was hoping it would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this good! It pulled me in from the opening scenes and never let go. As a result, 95 minutes flew by, and the credits were rolling before I even knew it.
Each segment of LOCKER 13 is shot well and looks great onscreen. And despite the fact there are five directors, the pieces of the film are sewn together with such precision that it’s difficult to tell who directed what. The fact that there is no noticeable difference in directing styles is a true testament to the talent of the creators.
The acting is top-notch as well. I particularly enjoyed Ricky Schroder’s performance as the boxer, Rick Hoffman as the hit-man, Jon Gries as Archie, and Jason Spisak as Skip. The rest of the cast does an excellent job in their roles as well, and it is nice to see such a diverse group of actors in a project like this.
The stories in LOCKER 13 are the real winners here, though. Each one kept me guessing until the end, especially the main storyline involving Archie and Skip. I had no idea what to expect, but I was certainly not disappointed when the ending came about! The writers of this film (and the shorts) are all to be commended. I will definitely be keeping tabs on their future works.
LOCKER 13 is a major win for me and highly recommend giving it a look. Even if you’re not a horror fan, you have to check this one out if only for the originality of the writing. The film hits store shelves in a bit over a week, so make a note.