Movie Review: INOPERABLE (2017)

One of our generation’s favorite scream queens is back in a new supernatural horror thriller, directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman. Danielle Harris stars in INOPERABLE, a Groundhog Daythemed film about a young woman named Amy who finds herself stuck in a seemingly evacuated hospital after waking up there in the middle of a hurricane.

With hurricane warnings playing on the television and a few disturbing characters lurking throughout the otherwise abandoned hospital halls, Amy (Danielle Harris) attempts to find a way out. She soon finds that she is stuck in a time loop and must find a way out of the hospital before the storm passes, or she will become a forever resident in the hospital of horrors. She meets a couple of friends along the way, Ryan (Jeff Denton) and Jen (Katie Keene), and together they attempt to find a way out of the hospital, break the time loop, and get back to life as they once knew it.

Overall, this was a simple and fun film that felt a bit like an episode of “The Twilight Zone” or “Black Mirror”. It was great to see Danielle Harris back in action and I also enjoyed the performances of her co-cast members. At time, INOPERABLE did start to feel a bit repetitive, but not just because we were literally seeing these characters relive the same day over and over again. Being set in one location and having shots of the same setting over and over again can make a film feel a little stale, so about halfway through I was definitely ready for a change of scenery. However, in the final act, when one of our characters finally gets to see the outside world again, it felt like a breath of fresh air to be free from the sterile, creepy hospital halls and to see the greenery of the trees and the blue sky above, which I’m sure was quite purposeful and probably mirrored how this character felt as well.

With a swift run time of just about 85 minutes, INOPERABLE is a short and sweet (and creepy) romp through an abandoned hospital that reminded me of a mashup of films like Last Shift (2014) and Triangle (2009), complete with an unexpected twist at the end. There are a slew of fun gore effects by special effects artists Barry Aslinger, David Greathouse, and Beki Ingram and a rather fun score that effectively sets the tone of the film, by composer Jonathan Price. INOPERABLE felt like the horror films from my childhood that I grew up loving, even more so because it starred one of my childhood’s actual scream queens. In an interview with Nightmarish Conjuring’s very own Shannon McGrew, Danielle Harris mentions having taken a break from acting to start a family, but it is exciting to see her back on screen and here’s to hoping we see her in more projects to come!

INOPERABLE is now playing in select theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cleveland and Minneapolis for a weeklong run.

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