**** 4 Star film review by Steven Smith ****
To be upfront, Horror and Action films are not my favourite genres of cinema viewing, nor is it pleasant for anyone sitting next to me. On the few occasions I have dipped into a scary movie, I once managed to bruise my ex’s arms jumping during “Final Destination”, and also hit one friend’s nose at a screening of “Friday The 13th”.
It was therefore with a little trepidation that I took my seat for Neil Marshall’s latest, low budget, science fiction horror film “The Lair”, starring Charlotte Kirk, who co-wrote this with Marshall. Jonathan Howard (“Thor: The Dark World”), and Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”) also star.
The plot certainly seems frightening. When Air Force pilot Lieutenant Katie Sinclair is shot down over Afghanistan, she finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker, where deadly man-made biological weapons – half human and half alien – are awakened. I pre-warned the people around me that I scare easily and apologised in advance should I grab anyone!
The first thing that hits you about “The Lair” is that it does not look like a low budget project. The second is that Charlotte Kirk looks more like a cross between a page three girl and Lara Croft than a Lieutenant!! She has incredible screen presence but you do wonder if she is going to fire bullets from her breasts that tend to dominate the screen.
“The Lair” is, without doubt, one of the funniest and occasionally scary movies I have seen for a while. Honestly, it should be immediately catapulted to the classic cult midnight movie along with classics like “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Pink Flamingo” and the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. I nearly wet myself at times laughing and jumped out of my chair at others. It really is a dark camp comedy, with hunky men and a superpower lesbian. Charlotte Kirk really finds out what getting tongued is all about in a couple of hilarious scenes; my row were crying with laughter!
Though I jumped in places I managed to keep from hurting anyone. “The Lair” should be a sure fire hit for those that love camp horror. Though it will never be up for awards, (Charlotte Kirk should be highly commended for her stunt work ) it did delight and entertain everyone with me.
The Lair is at cinemas and on demand until October 28th, 2023. Click HERE for The Lair’s website.
Watch The Lair online from the UK HERE.