Movie Review – Gwen (2019)

Gwen. 2019.

Directed by William McGregor.

Starring Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Mark Lewis Jones, Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Richard Elfyn, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, and Gwion Glyn.


A dark folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

Every year, horror journalists (including myself) crown a new “[X] year’s The Witch!” Such classification translates to “deathly moody, puritanical, period-based horror.” As of a week ago, we had our “The Witch of 2019” in Hagazussa – but, frankly, more The Witch comparisons materialize by the season. William McGregor’s Gwen follows movies like The Wind and Hagazussa as a cultural taste of colonial living that derives horror from rotting crops and corrosive blasphemy. Sprawling mountain ranges, isolated terror, and silent dread intensify whimpering aesthetics now commonplace throughout “historical horror.” Stoke another slow-burning fire – gotta’ strike while the branding iron is still hot.

Eleanor Worthington-Cox stars as “Gwen,” a 19th Century Snowdonian girl forced into maturity rather quick.
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