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The Task

1 h 30 min201118+
A group of reality show contestants must survive one night in a haunted jail.
Alex Orwell
Alexandra StadenVictor McGuireSean McConaghy
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Adam RaynerAntonia Campbell-HughesAshley Mulheron
Kenny YakkelMoshe DiamantChristopher MilburnCourtney Solomon
After Dark Films
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3.3 out of 5 stars

83 global ratings

  1. 40% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 14% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 23% of reviews have 1 stars
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PagespinnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 August 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just about watchable haunted-prison quickie
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Unsubtle, by-the-numbers variation on the time-honoured tale of people challenged to spend a night in a haunted house - here, a prison whose long-dead evil warder is said to stalk the corridors still, and where young people participating in a reality TV show are invited to accomplish certain 'tasks' which reference their individual fears. Some of the acting is as creaky as the prison doors, but the cast do their best; a mostly predictable script vaguely tries to say something about media intrusion, without success. And it features a rather crude double-twist ending, if you get that far. Set in America, the film seems to emanate instead from Eastern Europe and includes several British actors.
Throda tzenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
“My point is that the real story would have made the show a hit!” [Taylor]
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This 2011 psychological horror centres on six people who have to stay overnight in an abandoned prison in order to win $20,000. An added theme is that each contestant also has to perform a personal set task [basically focussed on their fears].
Although we see a person unconvincingly kidnapped in the beginning, it’s soon revealed it’s part of a Tv show which crashes the steadily building atmosphere and removes much of the ‘fear’ factor [lose a *]. The major problem is the lack of pace by separating the movie into sections as each performs their task using clichéd characters, with predictable dialogue and fears [lose another *]. It’s not until halfway that the predictable plot twist eventually kicks in, which is far too late, despite having an eerie location and a decent creepy audio.
The single disc plays 3 trailers before offering play, scene select and special features [Task trailer, main event trailer]. Rated 18, this has plenty of swearing, no nudity or sex, very little actual gore and the scares are mainly psychological. The only credible character is Connie who seems more concerned with creating a hit show than the safety of the contestants. It’s all a pity really as the concept and ideas are there, but they are so badly executed it defeats the point of the movie [but in a way that’s all part of it], which makes the title to this even more prophetic and they should have made that instead, but the final 20 minutes are a ‘must see’ as it puts it all into focus and turns your perception around [regain a *]. This is one film that’s definitely better the second time you see it as you then realise how clever it actually is.
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Mr. P. AbbottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 December 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Reality TV spreads into films!
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This film sees 6 desperate fame seeking teenagers enter a Reality TV show to win money. They must enter a an old abandoned prison (yeah one of those many abandoned places again)

You can usually guess what happens as each contestant is giving a task but they discover that "someone else" is in the prison with them that looks uncannily like the old prison warden. They are taken out one by one as per the norm although they do try and mix it up at the end with a twist which doesn't make any sense if they really are making a TV programme. Why would you waste time filming the producer just to spook her?!

This led to an unsatisfactory ending for me and kind of left it open to what happened next (assume they all got slaughtered except for the two that were on the prison grounds?!)

Watch out for Victor McGuire (Jack from Bread and Ron from Goodnight Sweetheart) as one of the crew applying a dodgy american accent.

It was better than some of the previous "After Dark" films but I doubt it is a film anyone would watch more than once.

Extras: Trailer and thats your lot.
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ConnieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not the worst but not the best
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I can’t decide if I liked this or not? It had a good plot line, and the actors were also pretty good. It took quite a while for anything majorly interesting to happen, but then once it did get going it wasn’t too bad. I almost lost hope towards the end with some of the rubbish deaths but then a couple of plot twists at the end changed my mind and kept me interested. I just personally think the ending was a little bit rubbish and that it could have been better to leave the very last bit to a cliffhanger.

Overall not a horror that I would go out of my way to recommend to someone but also it’s not too bad if you’re looking to kill time it won’t be completely wasted.
BuffaloReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
As bad as it looks
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More ultra low budget crap from Amazon Prime.
The acting was so bad it was actually funny, the plot is pretty ABC it does have a couple of twists at the very end but overall just a non suspenseful tacky horror that was actually more like a comedy.
Steven H.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Is it Reality or TV?
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It's not over until the fat lady sings. One of the most satisfying 'Haunted House' movies I have seen in a long time.
A film about a spooky Reality TV show that plays with what is TV, what is Real, and what is really Real.
I highly recommend it if you like to be kept guessing right until the end.
Blue birdReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Could have changed the beginning , kidnapped!!! for a tv show?? makes no sense why the warden was doing that? no survivors only 1 !! abit boring the clown got on my nerves rather than being scary,
Kaya MillerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
watch if you wanna waste time
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Special effects are abysmal, acting was directed by a child and the script was made by their 12yr old cousin. Maybe if the ending made some sense it would have been better and the cast wasn't so shoddy about their work it would have been a good idea. Not going to lie it's not even worth a star but that's the minimum I can give. What has happened to the horror genre.
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