Inoperable is a new low-budget horror movie starring Danielle Harris. Mind games and a scary creepiness is at the forefront of the story.
Yes, we’re in a time loop horror movie, but this time around the lead character, Amy (Danielle Harris) is trapped in a hospital during a hurricane. Also, something is seriously weird at this hospital. Only Amy and a few other people seem aware that they’re in a time loop, so they try to stick together.
However, each time they start over, they land different places in the time loop. All of them become more injured, tired and frustrated while they try to make sense of it all. Unfortunately, you feel the same way a bit too much as the audience as well.
You can watch the trailer for Inoperable right here or continue reading our review below.
Danielle Harris is the star
There’s no doubt that without a capable actor in the lead, Inoperable would not have worked at all. Danielle Harris has the chops for doing horror movies of this nature.
If you’re not sure who she is, you need to check out a few classic horror movies. Over the past 30 years, she has become one of the staple “Final Girl” (or “Scream Queen”, if you will) actresses. In fact, she celebrated her 11th birthday on the set of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), which was her movie debut.
She has had a very active career in low-budget, remake, reboot, and sequel horror movies. From multiple movies in franchises such as Halloween and Hatchet to movies like See No Evil 2 and more recently Havenhurst from 2016. You can read our review of Havenhurst here.
She is absolutely the best part of Inoperable as well. Not just because she’s a total badass (as per usual), but because she makes the strange events seem real. Amy is definitely a complex character and Danielle Harris takes her as far as possible!
Awesome short film story
The main problem I had with Inoperable is that it becomes too long. Or actually, that’s usually my main problem with these time loop movies. We see the same thing over and over. And usually, it’s just 3-4 times too many.
Still, they do manage to move time along quickly so we don’t have to go through all the same motions. It’s still just like being forced through the same intro over and over again while binge-watching a TV show. It doesn’t offer anything more or new.
That’s why I feel Inoperable could’ve been an awesome story for a short film. Maybe as part of a horror anthology. But for a feature film, I would’ve loved just a bit more of what happens towards the end. Either that or add something more to each loop and make them longer.
A treat for fans of time loop movies
Inoperable was directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman and this is his first full-length movie, so he’s only just getting started. He also wrote the script for the movie with Jeff Miller. Previously, Jeff Miller has done lots of horror movies including the script for ClownTown (2016).
Maybe I’ve just had my share of time loop movies for a while. However, I can’t in any way claim that this wasn’t entertaining and full of both gore and horror.
So, if you like Danielle Harris and love the time loop concept, then you should definitely check out this movie. With a few tweaks, it could easily have gotten an additional star (or blood spatter) from us as well.
Inoperable is out on VOD and DVD from February 6, 2018.
Director: Christopher Lawrence Chapman
Writers: Christopher Lawrence Chapman, Jeff Miller
Cast: Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, Chris Hahn
A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.