The Hatred, a new horror film from director Michael G. Kehoe, goes in search of a UK audience on DVD in October after being roundly panned in America.
Sometimes it takes time for a horror film to find its audience. Thus far, Michael G. Kehoe’s The Hatred has failed to find anyone to appreciate it. Poor thing.
Now, courtesy of its UK debut, the straight-to-DVD horror film will hope British audiences will be more receptive to its familiar tale of young people being stalked by an evil antagonist.
It tells the story of four friends who head to a country estate for a fun weekend drinking copious amounts of wine. But there’s a dark secret hidden within the house which was occupied by a former Nazi officer in hiding. As the four begin to unearth the terrifying secrets, their night gets increasingly deadly.
Originally based on a short film, Kehoe attempts to expand an intriguing concept into a feature length story. However, by all accounts, he finds it a challenge to broaden the scope.
Panned by critics and audiences alike, The Hatred shows how difficult it is to take short form cinema and give it a grander scale. Riddled with cliche and characters you don’t care about, Kehoe’s efforts here result in a forgettable mishmash of vague ideas.
You can find out if The Hatred is as bad as we say it is when it arrives on DVD on October 8.