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The Reeds (2010) Review

Young city goers from London decide to get out for a weekend boating it in the English Countryside. Things seems peachy, the weather is good, plenty of booze, plenty of frolics and nobody around to complain. The perfect little get away. That is until some of them start to have sightings of ghostly/unusual stuff within the reeds they’re shipping around. Things get worse after an accident leaves one of them critically wounded and with no mobile coverage are forced to get out of the reeds, which as the movie will prove, is easier said than done.

The Reeds was an enjoyable little flick plenty of suspense, drama and tension. Firstly, the actors put in some solid performances, every one of the cast seems perfectly comfortable in their characters skin and it shows. The movies pacing is spot on and it doesn’t take long for the suspense to kick in. Most of the tension is built up using clever camera work and lighting and the use of the reeds is done to perfection. It’s a very creepy countryside, not the kind of place you want to be stuck on your own at night, I’m sure. The Reeds is not a gory movie really, there’s a couple of gristly parts here and there but it’s very much hooked on a more psychological style of horror. It’s kind of reminiscent of Japanese horror in a lot of ways, if you watch it you’ll see what I mean. It’s not always obvious what’s going on and when it wants to hit home (shocks wise) it does so in a focused, unnerving fashion.

This years 8 Movies to Die For Series strikes as being somewhat better than previous years, I could say that this is probably the best movie of the lot but of this I’m not certain. What I am certain of is that it’s a movie that’s been well thought out and executed. So I recommend The Reeds without reserve. It’s easily the kind of movie that you could enjoy watching on your own and even better if your looking to the scare the girlfriend or second half. It has plenty of suspense, chills and thrills where it counts and it also has a pretty neat twist at the end also. Get it.


The Reeds is a 2010 British horror film directed by Simon Pearce and starring Will Adams, Simon Merrells, and Hannah Tointon. The film follows a group of friends who decide to spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. However, their idyllic getaway is soon interrupted by a group of masked strangers who begin to hunt them down. As the friends are picked off one by one, they must use all their ingenuity and courage to survive the night. The Reeds is a suspenseful and terrifying ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Movie Details

Director: Nick Cohen
Writer: Chris Baker
Actors: Karl Ashman, Geoff Bell, Anna Brewster, Reece Chapman,
Release Year: 2009