DVD | Digital
Written by Christopher Lawrence Chapman and Jeff Miller
Directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman
Starring Danielle Harris, Jeff Denton, Katie Keene, Chris Hahn
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Inoperable doesn’t cover much in the way of new territory for horror fans, but does add some intriguing twists in a somewhat familiar puzzle. There’s a deadly all-time hurricane about to hit and Amy Barrett (Danielle Harris) is stuck in bumper to bumper traffic… until she’s in the hospital… until she’s back in traffic… You get it. The hospital is filled with strange characters, none of them who seem to have gotten the memo about the hippocratic oath. There’s a rambling priest, doctors and nurses who seem possessed to perform horrific surgeries, and a shadowy ghostly girl who keeps appearing and reappearing throughout the various corridors of the hospital.
To call Danielle Harris a horror veteran at this point is insulting. It’s hard to believe, but she’s been making these movies since 1988 when she starred as Jamie in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Now in her early 40s (!), Harris can wake up, roll out of bed, and play a confident, believable scream queen. While Inoperable gives off a “straight to DVD” vibe, it’s heightened by her performance and her growing sense of paranoia as she’s joined by a police officer Ryan (Jeff Denton) and a supermodel (Katie Keene) in a race to find an exit to this nightmare before they’re back to square one and time resets.
Inoperable reminded me of Christopher Smith’s highly underrated and under-seen Triangle from 2009. While there were parts like the repeated time skips that became tedious, I think that is the point and it helped identify you with the characters involved. Inoperable is a decent use of 90 minutes, delivers a good Danielle Harris performance, and has a pretty unique ending. The DVD contains trailers and feature-length commentary from writer/producer/director Christopher Lawrence Chapman, writer/producer Jeff Miller, and cast members Keene and Denton. It is available now on DVD/Digital HD/VOD.
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