“ Genre: Horror / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Eric Red / Actors: Michael Pare, Bobby Cannavale, Famke Janssen ... / DVD released 2009-03-02 at Dnc Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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RELEASED: 2008, Cert.15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 96 mins
DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Eric Red
PRODUCER: Sarah Ryan Black
MUSIC: John Frizzell
Famke Janssen as Marnie
Bobby Cannavale as Shanks
Ed Westwick as Joey
Michael Pare as Mike/Ghost
FILM ONLY REVIEW
After having been imprisoned for killing her violent cop husband (Mike) in self-defence, Marnie's sentence is reduced and she is delivered home by a surly Shanks, who used to be Mike's colleague.
Marnie is tagged, put under house arrest for a year, and is instructed that she must not move more than 100 feet away from a designated area within and around her property, otherwise the alarm in the tag will sound and she could then be sent back to prison....if she oversteps the mark, she is given three minutes to return to her safe area before the police storm in and re-arrest her.
After spending a whole weekend at home with no electricity, Marnie gradually begins to settle in and makes friends with the local grocery delivery boy, Joey. However, strange things begin to happen and it materialises that perhaps Marnie isn't alone after all.
That loosely sets the plot, and as ever, watch it yourself to discover more.
Right from the start, 100 Feet gripped my attention as the initial scene was set with Marnie being taken home by her dead cop husband's friend and colleague, Shanks. Shanks makes it very plain and in no uncertain terms that he has little or no sympathy for Marnie's plight in that she was a battered wife and had killed her husband Mike in self-defence.
I was particularly impressed by Famke Janssen's acting, especially the expressions she pulled on her face at various points during the film and for quite a while, I was hovering between believing her claims of murdering Mike on the spur of the moment and in self-defence, and wondering if perhaps she was the villain after all. As the film progresses, all becomes clear.
The special effects in 100 Feet are for the most part pretty good, although towards the end of the film they do get a little bit over the top, as does the storyline, for my own tastes. However, I did feel that Mike's appearance as a ghost - whether such was in Marnie's imagination or for real (see the film to find out) - could have been improved upon, making better use of the technology which is available nowadays.
One or two (aside from the supernatural aspect) parts of the film did come across to me as rather unrealistic....for instance, various things happened to Marnie which would have precluded her being able to carry out certain actions. As an example, there is one point in the film where one of her hands becomes trapped in the mechanism of the kitchen sink waste disposal, yet when she manages to release the hand, there appears to be no significant injury. Also, Marnie is subjected to other physical injuries which surely would result in her not being able to get up, dust herself down and carry on regardless, at least not immediately. Those things for me, together with the ultimate outcome of the storyline, dispensed with levels of authenticity to the point where it slightly marred my overall enjoyment of the film. One of my more light-hearted observations is where Marnie has quite passionate sex with somebody, and immediately afterwards, gets out of bed and walks to the window. Errr....if my memory serves me correctly, would a certain something not be copiously escaping from a certain part of her body? Not in this film, so it appears!
The music to 100 Feet is quite noticeable, yet not inappropriate to what is happening on the screen at any given moment. John Frizzell seems to compose rather a lot of film scores, and this particular one is very much in keeping with his usual style.
Despite one or two reservations as outlined above, 100 Feet is very entertaining from start to finish, and the direction/production team together with the cast, I believe worked hard to create a film that is highly watchable. As far as the scare factor is concerned, it didn't make me cringe or feel nervous about going to bed alone afterwards, but I'm not all that easily spooked....some people may find certain parts of 100 Feet a bit creepy here and there.
My overall recommendation would be to watch this film if you like things which involve people being alone in a house where spooky things are happening, but do be prepared for the finale to be quite over the top.
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I would never really have associated Famke Janssen with horror films, so I was a little bit dubious when I saw she was cast in the lead role of this film. However, she did quite well, and the film retained enough suspense and jumpiness and horror to keep me entertained throughout, even if I didn't think it was anything to really shout about.
Janssen plays Marnie Watson, the battered wife of an abusive police husband who retaliates, causing her husband's death. After a long spell in prison, she comes out and back to their home, but it seems that her husband, Mike, didn't really listen when they said 'til death do us part', and his spirit is out for a bit of revenge!
The film starts off quite dark but in a gentle way, as we are introduced to Marnie and then back into her family home. Things are quite slow, but this is where the suspense builds up. Marnie is wearing a location ankle bracelet, and is basically under house arrest, so she isn't allowed to go outside. This helps with the plot, and is a well written element of it. Add to this the fact that she has to eat, and you have another character in the form of Joey, the delivery boy who lives nearby and takes a bit of a shine to Marnie.
Also around is Mike's old partner, Shanks, who is determined to find out what really happened, and when Mike's spirit starts to get violent, it only happens in private and at night. This builds up the tension quite well, and you do find yourself willing Shanks to believe Marnie and not think she's mad. The film is quite violent in places, and there's certainly quite a lot of blood and even some gruesome scenes, especially as body parts get twisted beyond their natural axes in some places. It actually makes for some painful watching that makes you grimace, and the special effects team have done a very good job here.
In fact, the special effects are quite impressive throughout the film. Mike appears as a wavering image, with hollow eyes, and where he steps seems to shimmer, as if it were a bit of a heat haze with wispy edges. The violence is done very well in terms of special effects, and director Eric Red certainly knows what he wants from a horror perspective. There's a touch of the supernatural about it all that is sort of swept away by the obvious conflict between Mike and Marnie that has continued after his death, and you do wonder where the end will come from.
As the story develops, there are moments where it drags a bit, and some of the acting from the supporting cast isn't particularly great. Janssen is believable throughout, but Bobby Cannavale as Shanks is over the top, and Ed Westwick plays it a bit too cute as the keen delivery boy Joey. There aren't really any other characters to speak of in the film, and Michael Pare's role as Mike doesn't really have a great deal to do in terms of acting, as a lot of it is affected by the special affects and you can't really tell who the actor is, or even if a real person has been used or not.
Really, the story is about Janssen's disturbed and desperate character, and how she needs to cope with what's going on. I enjoyed watching it to a certain extent, as it passed the time okay enough. I can't say it was great, and I doubt I'll bother watching it again, but it was decent enough and I didn't feel like I had wasted my time. Worth a watch.
This is a very good horror thriller, just showing how sometimes the innocent aren't always believed, and how a controller partner, can't always let go.... even when dead.
It is written and directed by Eric Red who has done some other classics like the Hitcher, where it can be very scary, but without much need of gore. The primary actress of this is Famke Janssen, with a few appearances of other actors throughout the movie, but on rare occasions, 90% of this movie is purely Famke Janssen (so if your a Famke admirer, this is a movie for you).
Story (May contain spoilers)
Famke Janssen plays Marnie, a woman who was married to a cop. This cop was an abusive husband. She tried to leave him, but he ended up coming at her with a knife, so through self defence she killed him. Unfortunately as he was a cop, when she reported the abuse no one believed her, and thus when she did kill him in self defence she was sentenced for murder. After serving a number of years she is let out on house arrest, where she is tagged and con not be further than 100ft away from the central console in the house (hence the title 100ft). Now she is back home and trying to pick up her life again while trapped inside the house for 1 more year. Unfortunately she is not alone, the spirit of her husband never moved on, and is back abusing her. Now the hunt is on, to find out how to get rid of this spirit, to save her own life and to save her sanity, especially as in a world like ours no one would believe her.
There is really only 1 actor in this movie, the others are purely in it for a few moments here and there to help the story develop. Primarily it is Famke Janssen who plays an excellent role of a strong women being terrified and abused by something she can't deal with and in a situation where no one believes her so she is completely on her own both physically and emotionally.
The special effects suit the movie well, there is nothing outlandish, just the typical moving of objects with no one around and ghostly appearances of her husband. A few of the attack scenes are also pretty good as they clearly had a good use of the special effects to show the pure strength of a vengeful ghost.
This is a good movie, it shows the in house relationship of police to the degree that if you are unlikely to have done anything and if you're a cop, and that all other possibilities are believed first. It is also a good thriller/horror of a controlling spirit and how it might never let go, which is interesting under the idea that if someone is controlling in life, they may also never let go when in the next world.
This movie, while being a horror is more of a thriller horror, there are a few spooky scenes to make you jump, and maybe one or 2 scenes that make you cringe, but all in all there is hardly any gore that can be in so many horrors today.
If you get chance watch this movie, it is well worth it.
Taking violence to the extreme!!!
100 Feet is not your usual horror!
Marnie is a young woman who has just been released from prison early for killing her violent, policeman husband during an attack. She is released on the condition that she stays under house arrest for the next year and she must wear an electronic ankle detector which only allows her to go 100 feet (hence the name of the film) from the main box at the top of her staircase. If she goes any further the detector will beep and police are there in a shot.
Her dead husband has reverted into a ghost and he has not forgotton about what she did to him and makes her life hell. His work colleague, Shanks, is constantly on Marnies case and watches her house to make sure she doesnt slip up. Marnie becomes friends with a young delivery boy and this turns into more which angers her husband! I wont go any further into the plot.
The film was shot in Brooklyn New York.
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The film was directed by Eric Red and was released in 2008.
Famke Janssen (Nip/Tuck, Taken, XMen etc) plays housewife Marnie
Michael Pare plays the dead husband ghost
Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace, Law & Order) plays Detective Shanks
Ed Westwick (Doctors, Californication) plays young boy Joey
This film was certainly not what i expected..it was better! Due to the small cast, i could focus better on the main character Marnie. Some of the scenes are very gross and gruesome but it adds to the effect of the film. Definently not one to watch on your own! Great film, great acting especially from Famke.
This is a great 2008 movie and it runs for 92 minutes.
Marnie Watson is the victim of terrible domestic abuse, but as her husband is a member of the New York City police department she dosent really have anywhere to complain.
She ends up killing him and is sent to prison for manslaughter.
After spending over seven years in prison she is granted early release but a condition of her release she is under house arrest and must wear a tag on her ankle that will sound an alarm if she travels more than 100 feet radius from the alarm box.
Yes bad enough you may say but imagine her horror when she discovers the ghost of her violent husband is haunting the property and is out for revenge.
There are many horrific scenes and I actualy hid behind my duvet at one stage.
The acting is pretty good in this movie with excellent performances from Famke Jannsen who was also in Goldeneye (the helicopter pilot) and Michael Pare who was actualy in the classic movie The Warriors.
Great gory movie definatly one to watch if you are a horror fan.
Currently selling for £4.58 on Amazon
Well worth a watch
I don't know what it is about horror films that now scare the hell out of me. When I was fifteen, the scares were fun. Now, though, even the tamest of thrillers have me reaching for the fast forward button on my dvd remote. I was ten minutes into this one, and had already begun to cower behind my hands.
Without revealing the reason too early on, Marnie is released from prison into house arrest, where she must remain for the remainder of her sentence. As explained by a hostile police officer on entering the building, if she goes outwith 100 feet (hence the title) of a strategically placed censor box, she will be ushered back to prison with an extra ten years slapped on for good measure.
Things take a sinister turn when everybody else is gone, and Marnie has to pitch up in a house with no electricity. Convenient as this is, it sets the stage for an atmospheric series of events that are both terrifying and bewildering. As it would turn out, her husband used to beat her. Finally having enough, Marnie killed him, and her pleas of self defence fell on deaf ears. His partner is now hell bent on tripping Marnie up in order to drag her back to prison. Unbeknown to him, and early on to Marnie, her late husband is now a malevolent spirit that haunts the house seeking a bloody revenge on his killer.
The problem with this film is that it poses questions that nobody can be bothered to answer. Its fairly obvious that Marnie's husband was a brutal man, but what does the healthy stash of cash under the floorboards mean. That question is never answered. I would also like to know why the parole officers who decided upon a house arrest for Marnie never bothered to arrange electricity for her, or to paint over that blood gash on the wall. I also never buy the relationship between Marnie and her near-teenage lover, and feel that it was only created to throw a bit of extra trouble into the brew.
Despite its very basic flaws, 100 Feet is a satisfying thriller, reminiscent to Jodie Foster's Panic Room. The house isn't that dissimilar, and the premise of a woman being holed up alone is only a slight twist on Foster's plight. The scares are also effective, with Marnie's husband making for a genuinely frightening spirit. Soft focus and dark shadows ensure that the audience and Marnie jump out of their skin every time he shows up. The house itself is also frightening, with that brickwork making for an old fashioned scarefest before Mr Watson has even showed up.
Famke Jannsen is a decent actress and makes the best of a somewhat predictable plot. Credit where its due, she virtually carries a lacklustre picture on her own slender shoulders, so we should allow for a few slip ups in her fairly enjoyable performance. It seems that director Eric Red wanted to make a film about a woman trapped inside a house with nobody to turn to, yet seems to waiver on his decision when he throws in pointless characters to unnecessarily relieve tension.
Red, for his part, creates a fairly swift thrill ride. Rather than relying on dull expose, he drags the film along at breakneck speed, and when he introduces his very bad spirit, he doesn't take too long to get to the point. The moments leading up to the scares are filled with dread, and the pay-off is equally terrifying. If it weren't for the daft bits, this would be a near perfect thriller that might well have sat up there with the likes of The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath. Instead, it is more fitting alongside The Grudge and Dark Water, but deserving of its place in that rank.
100 Feet is a 2008 film by writer and director Eric Red (who hasn't directed anything since 1996...) and went pretty much straight to DVD or TV release (doesn't bode well...) It stars Famke Janssen as the lead role (Marnie Watson) and Bobby Cannavale (Shanks) and Ed Westwick (Joey) as the two other main characters.
100 Feet tells the story of Marnie Watson, a woman who has just been released from prison who must serve the remainder of her sentence under house arrest. She is only able to move 100 feet from a 'base unit' in the house before an alarm goes off and she will be sent back to jail for parole violation. In the beginning this is all we know, and the details of why she was in jail and the circumstances behind this are gradually revealed to us.
As the film progresses we find out that Marnie killed her husband Mike, who was a police officer, in self defense as he constantly beat her. Her husband's partner Shanks blames Marnie, even though she filed several police complaints and called 911 for help several times, but it was ignored by his colleagues. He is determined that Marnie will go back to jail and takes to sitting outside her house day and night waiting for her to break her parole conditions.
As Marnie settles into life in her house strange things start to happen: she sees apparitions of her husband and is pushed down the stairs and it becomes apparent that the spirit of Mike is still in the house and intent on continuing to make her life hell.
Her only contact with the outside world is Joey, who delivers to her groceries ad eventually become a bit of a love interest.
100 feet is one of those films which you can only classify as 'all right'. There is no great work of art her but it certainly passed an hour or so on a Saturday night.
Famke Janssen was a little weak in the lead role, but then I don't think she had a great deal to work with. This was not a plot with anything to showcase great acting skills- just the usual afraid/angry faces and screaming that you need for a run of the mill horror flick. The two main male roles of Joey and Shanks didn't really get enough screen time to develop any good character. Really, you don't care about these two characters very much.
One of my main gripes was that not enough was done with some elements of the plot- why did Mike have bags of cash under the floorboards? It is intimated he was a 'dirty cop' but what was he doing? Why does the blood splatter keep re-appearing on the wall? More character development would have made you more interested in the development of the attraction between Joey and Marnie (we only see them meet each other twice before we're meant to believe they are untrollably attracted to each other). I was constantly expecting a 'twist' as well, but there wasn't. And that left me feeling just a little deflated at the end. I guess overall- not a lot really happened in this film. I wanted it to turn out that Marnie had made up the Mike was an abusive husband and he ws coming over all 'venegful spirit' because she murdered him... but nothing so interesting as that happened I'm afraid/
And as a word of advice- if you are squeamish look away during the scene where Joey is attacked by Mike's spirit. It was bad enough to make me look away and I think it was more like an 18cert level of violence than a 15cert. It's pretty nasty!
~Where to get it~
I watched it 'On Demand' through Virgin Tv as it was in the special offers section at £2.75 for a 24 hour rental but it is available to be bought at Amazon for £8.98
A little weak and could have been better with more character development and a bit of a twist to the plot...
100 feet is an interesting change of style from the majority of American horror films, in that it isn't a lame rip off of Japanese horror but a throwback to classic ghost stories of the sixties and seventies.
Famke Janssen (Jean Gray, X-Men) stars as Marnie, recently released from prison for killing her abusive policeman husband, she is placed under house arrest and electronically tagged keeping her within 100 feet of the house. Unfortunately for her the vengeful spirit of husband Mike (Michael Pare) is lurking and up to his old tricks slapping her around from beyond the grave.
Further complications arise in the form Mike's ex partner Shanks an underused Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch, Will & Grace) bitter that Marnie has been let off lightly for the death of his friend. Shanks constantly sits outside Marnie's house waiting for her to violate her parole so he can bust her back to prison. In clichéd fashion refuses to see the obvious until it's too late, and of course has a secret or two of his own.
Competently directed by Eric Red, who wrote eighties horror classics Near Dark and The Hitcher, 100 feet is an effectively scary and tense ghost story.
Janssen more used (and suited) to supporting roles isn't quite able to carry the film on her own, and Bobby Cannavale isn't given enough screen time to help her out. However in places the film is genuinley creepy and scary, but budgetary constraints or lack of confidence in the material and audience see the tension of the climax evaporate in a blaze of poor CGI.
All in all, a good DVD to curl up on the sofa with the one you love or want to love.
A review of just the film, 100 Feet was produced in 2008 and was released on region 2 DVD in March 2009.
When Marnie Watson kills her husband Mike in self-defence she is sent to prison, but is eventually released early to be placed under house arrest for a year, complete with security tag fitted to her ankle. It doesn't help that her husband was a policeman, as his former partner Shanks is determined to make her life hell and spends every available hour watching her house. Marnie gradually gets used to being confined at home and makes friends with a local boy who brings her groceries and offers some friendship. But Marnie soon finds that there are different levels of freedom. In the confines of her creaking old home, a malevolent presence lurks in the darkness. Marnie soon discovers that even in death, there is no escape from Mike's cruel and violent spirit....
In case you're wondering where the titular measurement comes from, 100 feet is the maximum distance that Marnie Watson can move from a base transmitter placed in the stairway of her New York brownstone. If she gets past 100 feet, she has three minutes to get back within range before an alarm goes off at the station, and the police round her up and take her back into custody. Think you have the premise of 100 Feet figured out? Hmm. You might need to think again.
There are many ways that you can look at freedom. You or I might expect freedom to represent the ability to do what we want when we want, but for Marnie Watson, there are a whole range of freedoms and 100 Feet is a film about those freedoms being given and taken away. Marnie is freed from prison and then imprisoned in her own home. Marnie is freed from suspicion and then accused of something else. Marnie believes herself to finally be free from the clutches of her abusive husband. How wrong could she be?
Eric Red has been writing and directing films in a limited capacity since the early 1980s. Take a scan down his career history and the only films of notable mention are the three Hitcher films, for which Red wrote the screenplay. 100 Feet (written and directed by Red) would be one of those films that I'd file under 'pleasant surprise'. Think Panic Room meets The Amityville Horror and you're probably partway towards understanding what 100 Feet is all about.
Rather like David Fincher's Panic Room, 100 Feet makes good use of a New York brownstone townhouse, the camera twisting and slithering its way around the confines of the old house amidst a soundtrack of creaks and groans. The camerawork certainly isn't as effective as Fincher's movie but there's still an eerie, sombre atmosphere that grips the audience from the very beginning. There's nothing particularly obvious about 100 Feet. All the different predicaments that you might imagine being tagged would cause are not necessarily thrown up here and the introduction of something rather more supernatural is timely and genuinely quite frightening. Interestingly, it's also rather matter-of-fact. The reveal comes fairly early in the narrative and Red doesn't really mess around. Initially suggesting that this might simply be the product of Marnie's understandably over-active imagination, Red quickly demonstrates that her fears are founded and that there really is 'something' in the house with her.
What then plays out is an interesting cat-and-mouse between various parties. There is the interaction between Marnie and Shanks, the latter knowing that something strange is going on in that house but generally preferring to believe that it's Marnie still playing games with here. Then there's the cat-and-mouse between Marnie and the security tag, which throws in problems with access, getting groceries and everyday things you'd never really think about. Then, more crucially, there is the cat-and-mouse between Marnie and whatever it is that is still in the house with her. The three overlap, interplay and eventually, unsurprisingly come together for a reasonably dramatic showdown.
Red never really quite conveys the right feeling of claustrophobia in the house, opting instead to terrorise Marnie with physical acts of violence and torment that are an after-life continuation of what she went through with her husband. These are, at least, reasonably dramatic but it soon becomes clear that there's nothing terribly subtle about 100 Feet and what initially might have felt like a gritty, character-driven drama soon reveals itself to be something a little more fantastical. This will either excite or turn off according to personal preference, but for fans of the horror/thriller genre, it's almost certain that it's likely to be the former.
Red gets the pace and content of the film almost entirely right. There's a slow, burning escalation in the severity of the situation but rather than have Marnie as a helpless, isolated female, Red opts to try and equip her with enough tools to try and fight back. It's never entirely plausible, of course. As the severity and danger of the situation soon makes itself completely clear, you do wonder where Marnie's insistence that she try and stay put comes from but you can't help admiring her tenacity. This is something of a feminist outing, demonstrating the unjustified plight of this woman in the face of terrible abuse from her husband and the writer seems keen to demonstrate the helplessness faced by Marnie and the lack of support from every direction.
Famke Janssen (a bit of a 'take it or leave it' actress for me) does well enough here in a role that unsurprisingly dominates the entire film. Janssen lacks the depth of character and humanity that somebody like Jodie Foster would have brought to this role, but she's still capable enough to convincingly carry this off. Her husband's ex-partner Shanks is a little one-dimensional, but, again, Bobby Cannavale is convincing enough to be forgive. The neighbourhood cutie Joey (English actor Ed Westwick) is certainly cute enough but it won't take a genius to work out what's going to happen to him.
100 Feet is a solid thriller that, some plausibility issues aside, certainly does what it says on the tin. As a horror thriller, it works pretty well too, particularly towards the end when an unexpectedly brutal scene becomes the film's stand out shocker (how this cleared as a 15-certificate is beyond me, beware). The main let down is the eventual conclusion, which is typically neat and tidy and you can't help thinking that the writer could have been a little more daring (and sensible) with his choice of ending. But this doesn't stop 100 Feet from being an exciting little tale that, if nothing else, will make you think twice about what that creaking noise was last night.....