When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
Brandon Gerald Fuller,
Lauren Ashley Carter
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
When May was a child, she was a lonely girl with a lazy eye and without any friends except a weird and ugly doll kept in a glass case given by her bizarre mother on her birthday. May becomes a lonely, weird young woman, working in an animal hospital and assisting the veterinarian in surgeries and sewing operated animals most of the time. Her lesbian colleague Polly has a sort of attraction for her. When the shy May meets the mechanic Adam Stubbs, she loves his hands and has a crush on him. They date, but the weirdness and bizarre behavior of May pushes Adam away from her. Alone, May has a brief affair with Polly, but she feels rejected again when her colleague meets Ambrosia. When her doll is accidentally broken, the deranged May decides to build a friend for her, using the best parts her acquaintances can offer. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Obvious symbolism and blatant catering to a disgruntled teenage audience shouldn't make for a good film, but this one wasn't bad.
It's slow plot wise, but the horrific opening image, and the constant inter cutting of the doll, made the film feel like one of those silences before the storm people always go on about. When the storm finally is unleashed, the film didn't disappoint or pulled the arty card ("we're aren't gonna show you anything"), the matter of fact style gore, and the long build up made these scenes very successful; grotesque, funny and scary.
The lone-freaky-outsider-out-for-revenge that is used in other horror/thriller films as well (Willard), actually have more in common with the revenge-fantasy picture then classical horror if you ask me, even if the whole traumatic-repressed-emotions-and-sexuality & the cold-and-uncaring-mother angle is very Psycho... doesn't really have anything to do with anything though, just something that came to mind. Anyway... the performances are okay, sometimes a bit rough around the edges, but it works, the use of indie rock wasn't always successful, but the score itself was good, and the lead character and the plot devices to get her on her journey was interesting enough to carry a feature.
Flawed, but pretty good.
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