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Pipeline - Movie Review

Pipeline

“It won’t turn on and everything is plugged in!”  You know that helpless feeling when you are staring at an expensive machine full of complicated tubes and knobs and whirly things and expecting it to, ya know, do its JOB?!?!?  Hell, I know it well, but in this thriller, when things don’t behave like they should, you better RUN FOR THE HILLS!  

"Full of GORE and made complete with an interesting set-up"


Because something in the pipes wants your bones to GNAW upon.  Without so much as a blink of the eye, Pipeline is unleashed!  You WILL believe a woman can get sucked into a washing machine!  I hope the possessed machine is on the correct setting . . . 

. . . or there will be HELL to pay!

Full of GORE and made complete with an interesting set-up, Wild Eye Releasing’s latest thriller soon settles into a familiar situation as a group of young adults - looking forward to the end of the school year - all congregate within the walls of the most haunted AND disturbed rental house known to beer pong teams everywhere.  

Crashing there one night before their music festival, they have NO IDEA what awaits them within its . . . pipes.  And, one by one, they face the terror in the pipes and walls ALONE.  Sure, sure, this film might not truly reach its potential, but there is some fun to be had in the kill sequences.

Pipeline, while often fun (which is why I am rounding up on this review), is a low budget horror film which - thanks to some clever camera work - takes its time with the suspense as an Airbnb becomes a haunted playground of paranormal activity.  The talent might be of a rented quality, too, but the laughs come full throttled as horror gets scrubbed and flushed.  Maybe this is unintentional.  I honestly can’t tell, but it was amusing to witness all the ways in which this flick STALKS its victims.

Written and directed by Emily Aguilar (Clara’s Ultimate Christmas), Pipeline is a creature feature that you probably won’t soon forget should you decide to watch it.  Let the clogging of bones and innards deep within the walls and down the plumbing begin!Pipeline

After moving into a new home, a family discovers the house is occupied by a bloodthirsty monster that lives in the walls and pipes, dragging in all who get too close. Now trapped inside, the family must do whatever they can to survive as the murderous beast lures in new victims.  And they aren’t opposed to thinning out the population . . . especially when it comes to young and dumb adults who, as this film indicates, react to nothing heard growling within the walls.

Starring Marc Goodman (House of Cards, Gotham, Veep), Madeleine Murphy (Copycat Killers, Halloween at Aunt Ethel's), Ashna Sharan (L.A. Undercover, A Stone Cold Christmas), and Jason Alan Cook (Point Man, Bigfoot: Path of the Beast), Pipeline is the kind of household horror which teases with bathtub set-ups and potential bedroom hookups (thanks to its party full of couples situation), yet manages to remain VIRGIN-ous in its nubile bloodletting.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it falls flat.  Perhaps sharper editing could tighten some of its threads.

But that doesn’t mean you won’t have a SCREAM or two along the way.  Low in budget, but high in spirits, Pipeline is unclogged via On Demand and DVD April 27 from Wild Eye Releasing.  

This April, the DARKNESS pulls!

3/5 stars

 Film Details

Pipeline

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
85 mins
Director
: Emily Aguilar
Writer:
Emily Aguilar
Cast:
Ashley Ballard, Elizabeth Cascarelli, Jason Alan Cook
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
When the Darkness Pulls You In
Memorable Movie Quote:
Distributor:
Wild Eye Releasing
Official Site:
Release Date:
May 10, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
April 27, 2021.
Synopsis: A family residence is taken over by a blood thirsty pipe monster who awaits those who step inside. Without the ability to leave, the family must do what they can to survive in this blood-ridden home luring in "renters" as bait.

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