Subways are more common in horror than most would think. From Gary Sherman's "Raw Meat" to Christopher Smith's "Creep" and the Clive Barker adaptation "Midnight Meat Train" to name a few, subway systems and sewers have been a place were the worst can happen. It makes sense really, as they are dark, claustrophobic and mysterious places where anything could happen far from the world upstairs. Well, Peter A. Dowling (writer of the thoroughly mediocre Jodie Foster film "Flight Plan") gives the world his take on this with 2008's "Stag Night."
Mike (Kip Pardue) isn't having the best night. His asshole brother Tony (Breckin Meyer) has gotten he and his pals gets them kicked out of a strip club, so now the guys and a stripper named Brita (Vinessa Shaw) end up in the subway. Things soon go from bad to worst though, when they find themselves being hunted by a gang of cannibals that look a lot like Rob Zombie if he never showered.
"Stag Night" is the kind of movie that has no real originality to speak of, and wears the "influences" it has-"The Descent", "The Hills Have Eyes" remake, "Judgement Night" and every evil in the subways movie imaginable-on its sleeve. To be fair, Pardue and Shaw do fine work, the gore is plentiful, and Dowling actually does a fine job with making the subway system a menacing place.
Too bad everything else about the movie falls flat. Nobody else here really makes any impact, with Myer in particular being annoying. In fact, when the movie tries to get us to root for him fighting against the cannibals, Meyer overplays the character so much that you just want him to die already. The direction and editing also tends to get grating, with so much emphasis on erratic jump cuts and slow-motion shots clearly meant to make some sort of emotional impact, but failing to do so. Then there's the fact that so little is explained. Who are these killers? What's with the homeless people sacrificing people to them? Why are they doing that? How do they cram all that gram? Nothing in it is sufficiently explained, and it just makes the movie confusing to sit through.
I have seen much worse in the "people pursued by cannibals" genre, but that's no real excuse. Its easy to see why it took so long for "Stag Night" to find distribution, as its a poorly directed and dull hodgepodge of things we've seen before.