A group of guys are in for the worst night of their lives in this horror film inspired by a 1970s classic.
Mike is enjoying a “stag night” with his best friends Carl and Joe and his brother Tony. When Tony gets the group kicked out of a gentleman’s club because of his brazen nature, Carl suggests they head back uptown to another club. When they head to the subway, they run into two of the dancers from the first club, Brita and Michele. When Tony’s attempts to woo Brita leads to a fight, the group is forced to stop the train in the middle of the tunnel, and they leave.
When the train leaves them, they decide they have no choice but to head through the tunnels to get to the next stop. However, they soon are about to make the biggest mistake of their lives. When Carl and Michele leave the group to stay behind, they find themselves under attack by a tunnel rat, a psychopathic straggler in the subways. When the rest of the group discover the tunnel rats and their actions, the group soon find themselves in the fight of their lives. Can they make it out alive or will they succumb to the tunnel rats?
Inspired by the 1972 British horror film Death Line, writer-director Peter A. Dowling came up with a modern tale of civilians taking on tunnel rats, a group of insane and crazy subway stragglers. Where the 1972 film pitted a detective on the case against the tunnel rats, the police and/or subway security just end up victims to the stragglers. This is more of a Hills Have Eyes set in the New York City subways and interesting enough, there is a connection between HHE and this film.
That connection is Vinessa Shaw, who appeared in the 2006 Alexandre Aja-directed remake of the Wes Craven classic. Here, she plays the strong-headed Brita, who may be seen as a floozy in the mind of one of the guys, but as the film goes on, she earns the respect of protagonists Mike and Joe, played respectively by Kip Pardue and Karl Geary as they try to evade or fend off against the tunnel rats, led by actor and occasional director Luca Bercovici, sporting a look similar to HHE’s Papa Jupiter.
The one casting that will stun viewers is that of British martial arts ace Scott Adkins. The action star veers off and has proven himself time and time again without having to do his trademark martial arts. Here, he plays the levelheaded Carl, who just is a guy who is looking to have fun with the other female of the group, Michele, played by Sarah Barrand. Those expecting Adkins to break out the kicks will be disappointed, but those looking to see Adkins do something a little different will most likely want to see this, especially if you’re a horror fan.
Stag Night is a horror film that is actually pretty good with a stellar cast, especially those who want to see Scott Adkins do something different. The horror scenes are excellent and it feels like Hills Have Eyes in the subways, but it still is worth checking out.
WFG RATING: B+
Ghosthouse Entertainment presents a FilmTiger production in association with Instinctive Film and Rifkin-Eberts. Director: Peter A. Dowling. Producers: Christopher Eberts, Michael Philip, and Arnold Rifkin. Writer: Peter A. Dowling. Cinematography: Toby Moore. Editing: Vanick Moradian.
Cast: Kip Pardue, Vinessa Shaw, Breckin Meyer, Scott Adkins, Karl Geary, Sarah Barrand, Luca Bercovici.