2010 / Director. Stephen Shimek.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
A good slasher works because it adheres to a tried and true formula. Fans of the genre typically want the same thing... but they want it done well. THE MAZE is a low budget slasher, which succeeds in most of its slasher ways but is sorely let down by diverging into an unexpected interrogation movie. The first 40 minutes are set inside a corn-maze on the outskirts of a rural community. Five friends sneak in at night and play a game of hide-and-seek. Unbeknownst to them they are not alone and a red-hooded killer lurks amongst them. For the most part this portion of the movie is done well. It is shot well, lit well and moves along at a cracking pace. The killer is fast as he darts in and out of the corn and his style and method of the hunt is a refreshing and inspired take on the genre. The score is also heavily influenced by Hitchcock and adds a fun, albeit contrived amount of frivolity... and then suddenly the whole thing seems to be over and done with as a lone survivor walks out of the maze and into police custody. From that moment on the rest of the film toes a fairly lame and laboured police procedural line. I wont go so far as saying that the second half is bad but it is definitely a disappointing direction for the story to have taken... and the interrogation stuff is handled lazily. With all things considered the fun of THE MAZE's first half outweighs the miscalculation of the second half. It's a bit of fun and worth a look.