A review by Wee Willie Wicked
Dark, grainy and claustrophobic, Tin Can Man has a Hitchcockian effect with a touch of early classic filming days. It is a surreal film unable to be fully categorized, incorporating slasher, psychological and torture horror, constantly surrounded by the surreal. Director / Writer Ivan Kavanagh pulls no punches with the script and thus, it is the dialogue itself that yanks the viewer in, holding them hostage to the creepy and macabre end.
Pete (Patrick O'Donnell) is a weak but likable man whose life around him has taken a turn for the worse. His girlfriend (Kreeta Taponen) has dumped him for another “more experienced” man and his sales job, which he hates, isn't, according to his boss, bringing in the numbers anymore. It's rather obvious quite early that Pete is under constant pressure and this may force the viewer to rightfully wonder whether or not the whole surreal scenario is nothing more than a figment of a fractured mind. But, soon enough, through something as simple, yet terrifying, as a knock at the door, the audience becomes more informed.
At the door is Dave (Michael Parle), who introduces himself as a neighbor and under the guise of having had an accident, asks to borrow the phone. An unsure Pete ponders but eventually lets this convincing talker in and it's the worst thing he could have done, for he is about to embark on a ride never having imagined not even in the most horrendous dreams.
From the onset and introduction of Dave, there is no doubt the audience will immediately get the blatant and even borderline belligerent sense that there is something completely odd about him. However, don't be surprised when Pete appears to barely notice. After all, in Pete's defense, he has recently been put through the ringer and coupled with his seemingly niceness, this is fully understandable. But, it is these two factors that also make Pete a prime target for the conniving and manipulative Dave, who, through a commanding, perfectly scripted dialogue and character portrayal, makes him one brilliant and ruthless villain, something it will take the audience a little more time to fully grasp.
Filmed in black and white with scarce lighting that shrouds the characters mostly in darkness, the primary force of Tin Can Man comes with subjecting the audience to an unnerving feeling that forces attention and constantly grips tighter and tighter throughout, quite similar to that of being alone in a dark room listening to noises that, although fully aware is merely nothing, has one's imagination running rampant with all sorts of wicked creations.
And, by utilizing shades of Twilight Zone type eerie and weird camera angles used to near perfection, suspense and horror are created from virtually nothing. This coupled with a soundtrack that is both odd and eerie, yet melancholic, appropriate and almost carnival-like, rest assured, Tin Man Can will clutch tight and send shivers of fear.
Also, one final note...did I mention that this extremely disturbing, creepy 2007 Irish film includes a clown too? It is one of the 500 terror films held in the Movie & Music Network and can be easily found by searching the Terror Channel. Click the link below to begin your search.
Staying Scared gives it 3 1/2 Creepy Peeking Clowns
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