Die Spook Van Uniondale: Review

Die Spook Van Uniondale tells the story of Stefan (Adam Tas) as his car breaks down in the peaceful town of Uniondale, South Africa, while on his way to Willowmore to visit his family. Here, he encounters the locals, who have a story to tell of a young woman seen along the highway.

The story has a lot of potential, but sadly falls way short. There is a hint of a romance, when Stefan meets Sonja (Nelda Janse van Rensberg), but this is so slightly explored, that it is neither a romance, nor a fling.

The local characters, whether human or otherwise, would fit more in a school play for kindergarden kids, and portrayed in a way that would stop them from being scared, yet might make them laugh if only slightly.

Tobie Cronje’s performance is so over the top, that you can’t bear to hear another laugh, while the old lady in charge of a hotel does nothing but cackle, and is nothing short of annoying.

Die Spook Van Uniondale, with all the potential of the story, is unfortunatly one to avoid. The acting, story (or lack thereof) and cinematography are just too much to endure. For those wishing to brave the experience, it opens 29 August 2014 in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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