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Lord of Darkness (2012)

Sawney: Flesh of Man (original title)
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Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean and his murderous, inbred family are responsible for over a thousand murders over the centuries.



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A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.

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Credited cast:
... Sawney Bean
Samuel Feeney ... Hamish MacDonald
Gavin Mitchell ... Bill Munro
... Charlie McGuire
... Rebecca
... Wendy McIntyre (as Elizabeth Brown)
Fraser Sivewright ... Waterboard Man
Will Sutton ... Jake
Jean-Paul Jesstiece ... Judd
Eilidh Nairn ... Charlotte McIntyre
... Jamie
Ian Sexon ... Traffic Warden
Lisa Cameron ... Librarian
Lindsay Cromar ... Vet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Hayman ... Steven Clarke


Sawney, a religious psychopathic killer (played by David Hayman) drives a devilish Black Cab (taxi), stalking the towns and cities, abducting unholy souls for his communion of sacrifices. His insane family of inbred killers Judd and Jake, use their agility to wreak slaughter and havoc among their victims, who are then dragged to Sawney's lair in the hills, where they are raped, tortured and cannibalised. Sawney with his skillful surgical blade removes the appetizing pieces of human flesh for dinner before feeding the remains to a chained BEAST in the cellar. The Missing Persons list is beginning to rise! Investigative crime journalist Hamish MacDonald (Samuel Feeney) writes sensational and damming headlines against the police, due to their incompetence in handling the case. Frustrated police inspector Bill Munro (Gavin Mitchell) is under great pressure to catch the serial killers but is hindered by Hamish who is constantly giving him bad press. He decides to feed Hamish with ... Written by Ricky Wood

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Inspired by the most prolific serial killer of all time


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Rated R for bloody violence, grisly images, language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Actor David Hayman and Gavin Mitchell worked together previously in 2002 on hit Scottish TV series "Still Game". See more »

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Not too bad but could've been better
10 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Trying to uncover the truth behind a rash of disappearances, a Scottish journalist traces a murderous clan of cannibals in the area and must stop them from serving up his friends for their insatiable thirst for human flesh.

This frankly turned out to be quite average overall when it really could've been something. What ends up working so well for this one is the fact that this one is really just so good at hiding the true criminals so well here that it really doesn't seem likely that it's a whole family. The deranged sons are all the focus here with their puzzling display of martial arts moves that come out of nowhere here but still contain a rather creepy edge to them so that their scenes work quite well. Put on display in the final half, with all sorts of action-packed confrontations including the tunnel ambush, the capture at the river and the cooking station shootout which makes effective use of their darkened lair and disorienting walkways for great effect with this giving off an extremely tight, dense feel for launching attacks and ambushes out of anywhere, causing this to get some chilling suspense moments here and there. Of course, none of this is really all that good compared to the effective treatment of the main killer who is utterly slimy and repulsive in great fashion. From the near-orgasmic blood-drinking on his victims, the delight of chopping and chomping bodies and the severely nasty and gruesome effects work here to make the kills look quite nasty, there's a lot to like here and this is quite effective in these scenes here. However, it still doesn't make up for several rater big flaws. The biggest issue is the fact that this one is really more of a crime drama investigating the family's actions around the town during the middle scenes which is quite dull and boring overall. Since this is played as an investigation angle, it hardly has anything happen as all we do is simply read newspaper articles, hear the investigator recite information already learned and basically do nothing while the brief intervals to acquire new meat is hardly enough to counteract this boredom. On top of that, the fact that this throws in the final twist the way it does here is quite a lame and overall stupid idea that's not even done with any real intent to do anything other than to totally screw over the audience by wasting all this time during the mid-segments that would've ended the film much earlier and causing these to just be as flawed as possible.

Rated R: Graphic Language, Extreme Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity, a Rape scene and drug use.

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