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Red Kingdom Rising (2014)

A troubled young woman must finally come to terms with her horrific past as she is propelled through dreams into the terrifying fairytale world of the Red Kingdom where she encounters figures reminiscent of her memories and fears.

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Mary Ann
David Caron ...
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Mother
Etalia Turnbull ...
Alice
Wendy Battersbee ...
Esther
Sienna Ford ...
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'Red Kingdom Rising' is a fantasy horror film inspired by 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Troubled young Mary Ann has been tormented her whole life by dreams of a sinister figure called the Red King and his morbid fairytale kingdom. Following the death of her father, Mary Ann returns to her family home where she recalls the childhood stories of the Red King and Alice from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' that her father once read to her. Haunting events and suppressed memories propel Mary Ann through the dark corridors of her parental home into the realms of her nightmares where she must finally confront the Red King and gain closure to her scarred past. Written by Anonymous

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Am I the Red King's dream? Or is he mine?

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28 April 2014 (USA)  »

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Through The Clive Barker Rabbit Hole
7 April 2015 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

What sort of film are you expecting with a title like RED KINGDOM RISING ? For me it conjures up some sort of American cold war propaganda film " Now here's what life is like in the real life Hell of communist dominated tyranny . And now a word from that wonderful humanitarian Jerry Falwell" . Wondering what sort of film I was going to watch I did catch the trailer on youtube and I was instantly reminded of HELLRAISER of a young woman terrified by the dark secrets of the house she has moved to . This works in its favour for me because I consider Clive Barker's movie as a high point of horror when the genre was insanely popular . And if nothing else RKR is only 73 minutes long which means if it's an absolute dud I've got an extra half hour that wasn't wasted in vain

Right away I noticed that the film goes further than merely referencing HELLRAISER but stealing aspects wholesale . The central protagonist Mary Ann has a conversation with a therapist who speaks in an American accent . Oh dear I thought . We're going to get a bizarre haphazard location where some characters speak in American accents and some characters in English ones . Any fears of plagiarism were compounded in another early scene where Mary Ann walks in to a dilapidated , maggot ridden kitchen . At this point I was expecting a Chinese puzzle box to appear along with some creepy albino dudes dressed in leather

To be fair after this RKR goes its own way though it travels on a painfully unoriginal path . Have you heard of ALICE IN WONDERLAND ? Well this is more or less a remake with much darker overtones . It doesn't disguise the clichés but does use grotesque imagery in a very strong way and might have been a very effective horror film if it wasn't for the constant distraction of very wooden acting from an obviously inexperienced cast


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