Storage 24 (2013)

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Despite being featured in an article as one of the lowest grossing movies of the year (It premiered in one theater), “Storage 24” is actually a solid monster movie. If you want to see a vicious monster murdering thirty something Brits, this is the movie you’ll want to watch. Director Johannes Roberts‘ genre entry is a film with big ambitions, but a small budget, so he uses the creature effects wisely and pays off with vicious violence, and a pretty interesting finale. I’m not about to call “Storage 24” a masterpiece, as Roberts film takes too much of its time on back story and set up.

Set mainly in a storage center, a group of friends arrive at a local storage facility to help their two best friends split up their belongings after breaking up. What begins as a mere meeting of exes turns in to a series of dull conflicts and relationship troubles, while the catch is thrown at us in the beginning. The security guard that runs the place has shut down the storage center’s gate and has suddenly disappeared. Now the group are stuck in the storage center along with a vicious and hungry monster lurking about. After a plane crashes in front of the center, the beast happens in to the facility and begins offing the friends one by one. I was never sure if we were ever going to see the monster, as a half hour in we mostly just see hands and claws, along with strongly suggestive kills.

There are also a ton of plot elements thrown in that are never fleshed out or resolved. In one instance one of the friends hides from the monster by standing still in a group of mannequins. Why did he do that, exactly? Also the monster doesn’t so much eat its victims as it picks them apart. It even tears the heart out of a character and examines it as if it’s looking for something. Meanwhile the group slowly realize they’re being hunted, and have to work with one another despite the bitter break ups that ensue. Mid-way we’re introduced to a convenient plot device posing as a character living in the storage center who helps the group hide, and even shows them the chaos ensuing in the city thanks to the plane crash.

It’s only hinted, but there’s a massive war taking place, and the friends must focus now on just living through the night. Roberts finally drops all the pretense mid-way and amps up the tension respectably, all the while revealing our monster in full form, quite often. The creature effects are traditional and quite spectacular, while its origins are left ambiguous. I had a good time watching it stomp around and smashing through walls, and director Roberts rewards his audiences patience with enough monster carnage and grue to keep them wanting more. I surely won’t call “Storage 24” a master mold of the sub-genre, but if you’re in the mood for a quick and fun monster flick, Johannes Roberts’ low budget entry does the trick.

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