Starring Morgan Wiggins, Ryan Rudolph, Jordyn Rudolph, Brad Bell. Directed by Josh Shreve. (2017, 75 min).
Talon Falls is a mild piece of torture porn that's competently made on a low budget, but nothing more than the sum of its influences.
Four obnoxious teenagers on a road trip through the Kentucky backwoods (of course) make a stop at Talon Falls, a popular house of horror attraction. They avoid the long lines with free passes offered by one of the employees. However, they soon discover why the horrific enactments of torture are so convincing: Those involved aren't acting. The proprietors of the place abduct hapless victims and torture them for real, in plain sight of paying customers who think it's part of the show. And these four rubes are next.
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Unfortunately, Talon Falls plays like a hillbilly version of Hostel, without that movie's suspense or plot twists. Writer/director Josh Shreve appears more interested in unimaginative bloodletting than putting a creative spin on a worn concept. Even then, fans on onscreen sadism might be disappointed; most of the anticipated nastiness is inflicted on one guy, and relatively speaking, the scene is underwhelming.
By the midway point, the film has no more actual story to tell. The rest consists of two screeching girls running from an axe-weilding Leatherface wannabe. Even the so-called twist ending won't surprise anyone. Devoid of thrills or scares, Talon Falls is overly-derivative and ultimately tedious, even with a scant 75 minute running time.
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