Title: Xmoor

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Year: 2014

Genre: Horror / Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 88 min

Director: Luke Hyams

Writer: Luke Hyams

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3293138/

There are rumors of a panther roaming the moors in a small place in north Devon. Georgia and Matt travel there from US to photograph the animal with help from a tracking expert. When they reach the right location, they find dead bodies that seem to have been killed by something else.

Our thoughts:
Beware, this review has SPOILERS! I try to keep them minimum, but there are aspects that I need to bring up to justify my opinion. Consider yourself warned!

I may be a fool, going into "Xmoor" expecting something of a animal/monster horror. This is something that definitely had an effect on my overall enjoyment of the movie, and once again proves why going into something with expectations is just a hassle. This is not a monster movie, but it kinda presents itself as one and I do believe it would have overall made it a more enjoyable movie. Despite expecting certain things from what the cover art gave me, I didn't know much about it outside of that, so I once I realized my mistake I tried to appreciate it for what it is.

There's something on the moors and in the woods in Exmoor. A nature photographing couple, Georgia and Matt, hear about how a panther is hunting in the small town, so they decide to take a trip there. Georgia has asked her friend, the tracking expert Fox, to help them find the animal. In the woods they set up their equipment in a tent to film the animal, but while setting up cameras they discover what seems like a lair of dead bodies - but it doesn't seem like an animal is behind the killing. As they realize that they might not be alone in the woods, they start wondering if Fox knew about all of this before taking them there.

Sure, I have already told you that there is no monster or so in the movie. That's one of the mysteries early on, but it's not a twist to be revealed or anything. Beyond the atmosphere and some early suspense, you quickly realize that this is a slasher before anything else. Unfortunately the movie doesn't get much more impressive after that. It's a series of chase scenes, some doubts between the group members, and a few loose threads. We never care for the characters and the killer character is boring in both his tactic and kills. There's no real suspense and no hook to keep us interesting through the movie. I mean, there is more to it than just being a random killer in the woods, and it reveals another character further in, but ultimately it's all too loose and unintriguing. None of it really matters when we don't care for the lead characters OR the killer.

I do enjoy the location of the movie. It's shot in Northern Ireland and there's just so much familiarity to me in the nature (being from Sweden myself), that I felt more intrigued by the location. The movie is also well made and the actors do a good job. So it really just come down to story not being interesting to me. It doesn't make it a terrible movie, but a rather bland one. I don't enjoy writing reviews for bland movies as there usually isn't much to say - so that might be the biggest flaw of all. That said, if you stumble upon it and you're bored, I wouldn't call it a waste.

Positive things:
- Great location.
- Some early atmosphere was good, but it quickly changed.
- Overall solid production values.

Negative things:
- Bland.
- Uninteresting characters.
- The movie could have needed to invest more time into some threads.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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