Dark Floors

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Dark Floors – The Lordi Motion Picture
Dark Floors.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byPete Riski
Produced byMarkus Selin
Written byPekka Lehtosaari
Story by
Starring
Music byVille Riippa
CinematographyJean-Noel Mustonen
Edited by
  • Antti Kulmala
  • Joona Louhivuori
  • Stefan Sundlof
Production
company
  • The Icelandic FilmCompany
  • Kisi Production
Distributed by
Release date
  • 8 February 2008 (2008-02-08)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryFinland
LanguageEnglish
Budget€4.2 million[1]
Box office$645,855[2]

Dark Floors – The Lordi Motion Picture is a 2008 Finnish horror film that features Lordi band members playing the monsters. Mr. Lordi has also designed the film's logo. The film was released in February 2008 and stars William Hope, Leon Herbert, Philip Bretherton, Ronald Pickup, and Skye Bennett. A new Lordi song, Beast Loose in Paradise, is featured in the end credits of the film.[3][4][5]

Plot[edit]

A young, autistic girl at a hospital holds the key to defeating other-dimensional monsters that seek to kill everyone.[3]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Budget[edit]

The full budget of Dark Floors reached $4.3 million (U.S.), making it one of the most expensive films made in Finland.[citation needed] Most of the budget was spent on special effects design, set construction, and a large marketing campaign, along with the post-production process.[citation needed]

Scenery and special effects[edit]

The sets were the largest constructed in Finland, taking up 1700 square metres during the basement carpark scene.[citation needed] It had been originally planned to shoot the film on location in the Baltics, but Oulu was chosen instead, with special effects used to replicate a city when necessary.[citation needed] The production team visited hospitals to research the workings of an X-ray, thereby adding both credibility and authenticity to the CGI-rendered X-rays shown.[citation needed] When principal photography was completed, the extended post-production phase was launched, including the insertion of Awa's ghostly appearance.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

The film was originally intended to premiere in 2007, at the Eurovision song contest in Helsinki, whose opening number, featuring Lordi, with a performance of 'Hard Rock Hallelujah'.[citation needed] Unfortunately, the team could not finish their tasks in time; moreover, Lordi were already putting final touches on their Bringing Back the Balls to Europe tour.[citation needed] Post-production was therefore expanded into May of the same year, and was eventually rescheduled to December.[citation needed]

The press conference was held at the Cannes Film Festival the weekend of the 19th and 20 May 2007.[citation needed] Lordi appeared personally, as did director Pete Riski, producer Markus Selin, and virtually all the leading actors.[citation needed] All involved responded to questions, and shared unusual anecdotes on making the film.[citation needed]

Dark Floors was slowly 'leaked' by way of a marketing campaign, and the press were permitted to witness the production of Kita's lift scene, although everything else was kept under wraps.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Region 2 DVD in the UK by Metrodome Distribution on 20 April 2009, priced at £12.99 RRP.[6] The release includes several extra features, listed as "Behind the Scenes of Dark Floors", "Cast & Crew Interviews", and "Dark Floors World Premiere featurette including Q&A with Lordi, the cast and crew and a live Lordi performance". The film is rated 18 by the BBFC for "strong bloody violence and horror".[7]

Reception[edit]

Derek Elley of Variety called it "a cultural oddity with an OK concept" that will perform well on video.[8] Bloody Disgusting rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Even though it's plastered in heavy clichés and predictable plot-twists, has no sense of mood or tempo and features some of the least scary monsters ever to grace the silver screen, it's still remarkably entertaining."[9] Joshua Siebalt of Dread Central rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it a boring, uninspired film that is "not nearly as fun or cool as it should've been".[10] Todd Brown of Twitch Film called it "a tightly plotted, exceptionally well shot thrill ride".[11] Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated it 1.5/5 stars and wrote that the film does not exploit its visuals or interesting premise.[12] David Johnson of DVD Verdict wrote, "Straight out of Finland—ghosts, demons, autism, and heavy metal combine for one of the more interesting and out-there haunted hospital movies to come around in quite some time."[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jensen, Jorn Rossing (2007-09-03). "Principal photography wraps in Finland for Lordi film". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  2. ^ "Dark Floors". Box office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  3. ^ a b Solar Films Archived 2007-03-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "dark floors -arvostelu - Arvostelut.net". Arvostelut.net<!. 2009-03-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  5. ^ Helsingin Sanomat (2008-02-06). "Lordi-elokuvan avausviikonloppu oli vaisu - HS.fi - Viihde". HS.fi. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  6. ^ DVD Times - Metrodome in April
  7. ^ BBFC - Dark Floors classification information
  8. ^ Elley, Elley (2008-08-27). "Review: 'Dark Floors'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  9. ^ "Dark Floors (Finland release) (V)". Bloody Disgusting. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  10. ^ Siebalt, Joshua (2008-07-24). "Dark Floors (DVD)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  11. ^ Brown, Todd (2008-07-19). "FANTASIA: DARK FLOORS Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  12. ^ Jane, Ian (2008-11-02). "Dark Floors". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  13. ^ Johnson, David (2008-11-07). "Dark Floors". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2015-03-05.

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