The Tour (2014) Short Film Review

thetour1The Tour (2014) Review

Dir. Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard

15 mins

Starring: Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff , Tom Gordon, Damon Rickard

Darkmoor Manor is England’s most haunted house, its doors closed to the public. It is now just part of a tour which helps attracts visitors to a struggling town. That is until the tour guide, trying to impress two attractive American visitors promises to get them inside. But none of them could be prepared for what was waiting within the shadows of the house.

‘The Tour’ is a fantastic short horror film that made it’s début back in August at Film4 Frightfest, London. This 15 minute gem of a film is written and directed by Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard and stars Jessica Cameron, Heather Dorff and Tom Gordon (in his horror debut).

The film begins with two female American tourists, Morgan (Cameron) and Cassie (Dorff) taking a tour of Europe and finding themselves being part of a tour viewing the outside of Darkmoor Manor in England. The Tour guide Tom (Gordon) hooks up with the girls and the three of them go for a drink. Then Tom takes Morgan and Cassie for a private tour inside the haunted house which will have you glued to the screen until the end. This short gives you more twists and turns than a roller coaster and is one bloody good horror flick. The acting is superb and I love how Cameron plays the sensible one and Dorff is the outspoken one trying to get off with Tom. All three main actors are outstanding in their parts, each one displaying great chemistry which is a joy to watch on screen. I was also impressed with Damon Rickard’s acting and hope we see more of him in front of the camera in the future. The film is the perfect length that gives you a few scares along the way with excellent cinematography. ‘

Version_6_MASTER_Pregrade.000001.dpx.Still028 (1)-p192mkenu313hbc5o19arebhi7cThe Tour’ is almost pure perfection in every area, the only downside was the CGI blood, it just looked too fake but the other effects are superbly done!

Alex Mathieson and Damon Rickard have achieved one hell of a film and I can’t wait to see more of their work in the future. ‘The Tour’ is now taking ‘a tour’ at a number of film festivals and if you get a chance to see it, make sure you do because you won’t be disappointed.

‘The Tour’ takes you on a terrifying journey which will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end!


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Dean Sills

About Dean Sills

Dean Sills is a professional freelance writer and actor from England. He has written for a number of magazines and Newspapers including Down Your Way, Cinema Retro, Elvis Presley Fan Club magazine, F1 Racing, Barnsley Chronicle, Awesome online magazine plus many more. He was also a Newspaper Correspondent for the former, Dearne Courier and ran his own Quiz of the Week each week inside the newspaper along with a cartoon. His acting credits can be found on IMDb nm5088823 and he recently worked on the new Indie Horror film "Blaze of Gory" in which he had a bit part with a nice few lines of dialogue.

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