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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Starring: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Michael Rooker, Blake Woodruff, Joel Edgerton, John Kapelos, Dule Hill
Director: Stewart Hendler
Rating: NC-16 (Some Frightening Scenes & Brief Nudity)
Year Made: 2007






Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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From the producers of White Noise and in the horrifying tradition of The Omen comes an unnerving tale of bone-chilling terror! Confident the ransom will be easy money, ex-con Max (Josh Holloway, Lost) kidnaps an 8-year-old boy and escapes to an eerie, deserted cabin in the woods with his fiancée (Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break) and two shady associates. But Max soon realizes that this is no ordinary kidnapping…and this is no ordinary child. Using haunting supernatural abilities to manipulate minds of his captors, the boy maliciously turns them against each other in a cruel deadly game that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end!


Whisper subverts the typical kidnapping drama by switching the roles of hostage and captor. At first sight, the 10-year boy of a wealthy socialite appears to be shy, reserved and frightened of his situation.

But David is really a descendant of a 'special' line of children in the tradition of The Omen’s demonic Damien. Proving that children can be as much demons as they are angels, David manipulates the minds of his captors and offs them in decidedly bloodletting fashion.

It is a clever premise: the kidnappers now the hostages of a young and, for the lack of a better word, evil child, victims of their own doing as they isolate themselves in a deserted cabin in the woods. And, I would argue, this is probably the best thing that Whisper has going for it.

Because for the most part, the movie turns out to be a effective but all too predictable thriller every step of the way, perfect for some excitement and scares while it lasts but ultimately forgettable afterwards.

A huge reason of why Whisper still works lies in its spot on casting of Blake Woodruff as David. At first innocent and bewildered at his predicament, Woodruff’s portrayal of David’s transformation to a sinister and altogether evil presence is always captivating to watch. Indeed, there is something always fascinating yet scary about a young boy possessing the kind of power that David has.

Whisper also makes great use of its wintry, snow-draped landscapes, filmed on location in Canada. As the snow falls incessantly outside, and daylight is but a brief few hours, the sense of dread and helplessness that the captors face always feels palpable and real.

Nonetheless, the movie is ultimately let down by Christopher Borelli’s pedestrian story. There is a by the numbers feel to the movie as events unfold. In fact, you can almost predict in which order the characters will meet their inevitable doom. To his credit though, director Stewart Hendler does keep the movie going at a fairly engaging manner.

Whisper is one of those direct to DVD movies that were fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your perspective) to have a brief short lived cinematic release in Singapore. Were this on the big screen, expectations would be of course higher. But on home video, this is many pedigrees above the many Stage 6 Films-produced direct to DVD (and I would argue, direct to the trash can) films that Sony Pictures Entertainment have a habit of trotting out. So if you’re just willing to sink into your couch and enjoy the ride, Whisper will not disappoint.




There isn’t much to crow about this DVD’s audio options, because frankly there is none. This may be especially disappointing for fans of the horror genre who are looking for a good Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound scare. Video quality is good enough, especially for the many dimly lit scenes in the movie.



Review by Gabriel Chong


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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