Horror Case Files: The Mooring (2012)

The Mooring

It is the 2nd annual Horror Case Files! You can check the list of the first Horror Case Files here. For the whole month, we are doing one movie a day for October in celebrating Halloween. The Mooring is a 2012 film that premiered at the Switzerland’s Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival. Two fun facts. A fifteen year old helped write the screenplay. The other fact is that I didn’t know this but a Mooring is a permanent structure that a vessel can be anchored too. Learned a new word, now I can take the SATs. Too scared to watch it? The Horror Case Files reveal the background story, kill count, most creative kill, the killer(s), and what happened to the killer(s). WARNING! SPOILERS if you continue.


8 teenagers that are hooked on technology go on a retreat in the woods without their addiction. The purpose is to learn to break away from cell phones, internet, and etc, by bonding with other girls in the woods. During their time in the woods, they run into a homicidal couple.

Kill Count

9 people



Most Creative Kill

A girl falling from the mountain with another girl on her back.

The Killer(s)

A couple that likes to kill people. We do find out that the guy kidnapped his now girlfriend at a young age in the woods (they showed him abducting her in the beginning of the film.

What Happened to the Killers

After killing some girls, Mickey the girlfriend’s killer snaps and decides to kill her boyfriend Richard.  Seeing Richard trying to kidnap a girl, brought back memories of her being taken.  She decides to slice Richard’s neck and leave the boat with only surviving girl still on it.

Horror Case Files Verdict
The Mooring is another victim of being ridden cliches and forgetful characters.  I’m no critic, just a guy who likes and watches a ton movies.  With that being said, the makers of the Mooring don’t know what makes horror movies work.  You have a group of girls in the woods and a killer after them.  Yes, there are horror movies with the same general plot, the Mooring takes a different approach.  The killer has no background history, which is fine, but make him interesting.  It’s just a redneck with a gun.  Then his girlfriend kills him at the end of the movie.  How convenient.  You mean, this whole time his girlfriend who was abducted as a small child by same guy remind you, didn’t think of once making a run for it from Richard or try killing him before?  Especially, we don’t know if there were other killing sprees before the events of this film.  Just so happens she decides to kill him at the end of the film.  I don’t buy it.  The other thing is character development.  Yes, they tried to develop the girl’s characters in the beginning, but they weren’t developed enough where you cared or could tell them apart. So horror movies, do have cannon fodder victims for the killer. What makes this route work with undeveloped characters, is that there are deaths to see. We need to see how brutal the killer is. Most of the kills were off screen. I understand that the director might have thought that it might be too much to show young girls getting killed on screen, but if you make off screens deaths, make characters that we care about. Don’t make characters we barely know be alive in one shot, then the next shot of them lying down being dead. Or push the envelope and show young girls getting killed on screen. Obviously this is a big pass for me. On the bright side, I’ve read that most girls, this is their first film and they do a great job in the acting department.

Random Info I got from this File:
  • Don’t drop your inhaler
  • Use a bullhorn to make girls shut up
  • Don’t trust people with black teeth
File Status: 3 out of 10
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Graphic designer by day, and movie blogger whenever I can. Been watching films in the 80s and never lost the love for it. Started Movie Case Files in 2012, and kept writing random reviews ever since. Besides movies, I like watching UFC, collecting retro video games, spending time with the wife, and bacon.

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