Reaching the epitome of exploitation cinema with a distinct Britishness, Marc Hamill’s The Wrong Floor follows Danny (Carl Hamill) as he attempts to find his missing father, a pioneering scientist who works for the EKAF research centre; a corrupt institution built on a foundation of secrets and lies.
Of course the narrative is not to be taken seriously, allowing the film to become a pornographic haven of bloodshed; Del Boy gangsters come face to face with toxic hobos, mad scientists, desperado thugs and a renegade SWAT team. Like its poster, The Wrong Floor preoccupies itself with guns and severed limbs and, whilst it may only apply to an eclectic taste, it certainly takes you on an acid trip of fun.
Much like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s heavily influenced Grindhouse or Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun, The Wrong Floor adds a charismatic British tone that makes the film feel unique. Yet — and perhaps this sounds contradictory — it also acts as Hamill’s blatant love letter to the B-movies of the seventies, eighties and nineties. With this, intertextual references are scattered around its duration, adding a dynamic to the film that furthers it as a piece of entertainment.
For a film to be formulaic yet original takes an incredible talent; one of which Hamill promotes to an extraordinary extent with The Wrong Floor.
The Wrong Floor will be screened at Indie-Lincs 2016 on Saturday 12 March; between 10.00 and 12.00 in a 16+ screening with Pol Diggler’s Director’s Cut and Fabio Soares’ Bitch, Blood & Popcorn.
For more information on Indie-Lincs 2016, including information on scheduled screenings, special events, film descriptions, awards, and tickets; check out our Indie-Lincs article or visit the Indie-Lincs website.
- Reviewed by Daniel Sheppard