The Windmill Movie Review
Written by John Colianni
Released by XLrator Media
Directed by Nick Jongerius
Written by Nick Jongerius, Chris W. Mitchell and Suzy Quid
2016, 85 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on October 25, 2016
Noah Taylor as Nicholas
Charolette Beaumont as Jennifer
Patrick Baladi as Douglas
Ben Batt as Jackson
Lately, the horror genre has been trying to blur the fine line of fun, dis-associative entertainment and realistic scenarios that can actually happen when you and your loved ones are relaxing in a wooded retreat for the weekend. Sometimes I want to know what it might look like if my flesh and eyeballs are slowly pulled from my body. Other times I want to kick back and watch a group of unsuspecting characters get slaughtered by a rampaging murderer. That is what is most fun about Nick Jongerius' The Windmill.
Jennifer is an Australian women who is running from her past. Moonlighting as a nanny in Amsterdam, she has been found out and is on the run yet again. She has hopped aboard a busload of tourists heading to see Holland's world famous windmills. When the bus breaks down, everyone decides to take shelter in a nearby windmill. Unfortunately for them, legends say that a Devil-worshiping miller once ground up his victims bones instead of grain. As members of the group are gruesomely murdered one by one, a secret seems to have them all linked together.
The Windmill is and isn't your run of the mill slasher film. There is the large enough group of characters that the story can afford to have a few knocked off early but still have more for future killings. They are hiding in a well established location but split up just long enough to fall victim in glorious, gory fashion. Character development is well above par for a modern hack and slash. The villain is a fresh addition that can compete with the classics if Nick Jongerius and his writers give him the respect and treatment that he received in this film. The real standouts in The Windmill are the special effects. They are practical and old school in a way that looks visually stunning, makes you cringe and not look like it was dumped out by a lazy special effects team using only computers.
When you talk about slasher films to other horror fans, most will reminisce back to the '70s or '80s when well established killers who had much more personality than their victims. There aren't too many instances where modern attempts can come close to challenging names like Jason, Freddy or Michael. The Windmill has a chance to change that. Combining relatively simplistic story with a more than capable cast and effects, the slasher genre has a chance to have some new life breathed into it. Whether it's on VOD or the big screen, The Windmill is a must-see for fans.