The Horror Honeys: A man's home is not his castle...

A man's home is not his castle...

A Supernatural Honey Review by Suzanne

Citadel (2012)

Sinister 2 just started filming here in Chicago under the direction of Ciaran Foy. I loved the first one, so I remain cautiously optimistic about the sequel, even though Scott Derrickson is not directing. Since it will be a long wait until I can judge it, I decided to check out some of Foy's earlier work.

Tommy and his pregnant wife, Joanne, are moving out of their apartment in an abandoned building known as the Citadel. Trapped in the elevator, Tommy sees Joanne viciously attacked by a group of hooded children. Doctors were able to save the baby, but Joanne is left in a vegetative state.

Several months later, Tommy is struggling with raising his daughter and a raging case of agoraphobia. Trying to put the pieces of his life back together and move on, he decides to pull the plug on his wife. At the funeral, a crazy priest warns Tommy "they" are coming for his daughter. While he tries to get more information, the hooded children begin to terrorize him in his home.

The only support he has is a nurse who is trying to get him to come back to reality (and get in his pants) and the renegade priest who knows the origins of these evil kids, and how to stop them. First, they have to go back to the Citadel.

This is probably one of the most depressing films I've seen in a while. Not in a bad way, mind you. The suffering Tommy endures would be hard on anyone, but for a young man, now trying to father, it seems beyond unfair. His living conditions are poor and the mere act of getting out of the house to pick up a welfare check is a job in itself. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I could definitely relate on a certain level. The landscape also lends itself to the dark atmosphere of the film. Shot during the winter in Scotland, it's dreary and you feel the cold.

We don't actually see the faces of any of the kids until more than halfway through the film, which makes them even more terrifying. That anticipation of what is under their hoods. When we finally do see one, in a window reflection, you're still not sure what you've seen. Are they demons? Are they possessed? Well, I'm not sure I should give it away, but I can tell you their purpose is to take children and make them like the others. They are also nesting in the Citadel and that is where the climax of the film takes place.

There are very few speaking roles in this film, the majority of the film resting on the shoulders of Aneurin Barnard (Tommy). I've never seen or heard of this actor before, but I bought him from the very first scene. He transitions so nicely from a sweet, loving young husband to a sleep deprived, paranoid, single father. When his baby is kidnapped by "the kids," you struggle right along with him between his fear and his need to save and protect his daughter.

The priest is played by James Cosmo whom you may recognize from Braveheart and Game of Thrones. He's intense and scary, but a little over the top. When he reveals his deep, dark secret, you'll see why he turned from his religion and into a bit of a vigilante.

The negative is the reveal. When we discover what these children really are, it's a bit of a letdown. There are also some poor, although brief, CGI effects that take away from an otherwise solid film.

In the end, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives and it was worth the watch. Even though I don't really need it, this movie was excellent reinforcement that breeding isn't for everyone.

Supernatural Honey Verdict: 3 blood-soaked hoodies out of 5