Young Tommy, played by Clem Tibber, must now live in squalor with his father (Shaun Dingwall) on an abandoned estate. When Tommy hears strange noises at night coming from the flat next door, his father is reluctant to believe his stories as the place has been sealed up for some time. Finding a new friend in Carmen, played by Elarica Gallacher, who works at the local café, he convinces her to help him solve this eerie mystery.
Not since critically acclaimed The Babadook (2014), have I seen a horror that applies more depth into its makeup than your clichéd jump scares and things that go bump in the night. It’s sad to watch the little pup being thrust into such a harsh environment, whilst being denied contact with his emotional constant, his mother. The father is of no comfort and makes no secret of what an imposition his son is. In vast contrast, new friend Carmen makes for a great companion as she gradually takes a shine to Tommy, despite having already been hardened by the life. She too has her own demons to battle it out with.
The conditions alone that poor Tommy has to live in when the sun goes down verge on apocalyptic, with nothing but electric camping lanterns to help them see through the dark. The claustrophobia created by these box-sized bedrooms, shrinking corridors and tunnel-like stairwells is unnervingly palpable to say the least. The scenes in the creepy red room, the apparent source of the noises, are where the movie reaches its fever pitch, very much akin to the terrifying jail cell sequences in Anthony DiBlasi’s Last Shift (2014).
Another triumph for Metrodome, The Forgotten is easily their best horror release since last year’s Halloween offering of Brit werewolf flick Howl (2015). It presents us with fully-fleshed sympathetic and complicated characters and a creeping atmosphere that claws at your throat with its dirty fingernails.