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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 13 June 2013 (Russia)
A young man returns to his recently deceased mother's charming gothic revival home, only to discover a sinister presence lying within that may be linked to a peculiar cult run by two strange brothers.

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Rodrigo Gudiño

Writer:

Rodrigo Gudiño
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Cast overview:
Aaron Poole ... Leon Leigh / Surveillance Expert
Vanessa Redgrave ... Rosalind Leigh
Julian Richings ... Rahn Brothers / Neither Man Nor Woman / Bill Phillips
Stephen Eric McIntyre Stephen Eric McIntyre ... Preacher
Charlotte Sullivan ... Anna / Radio Announcer
Mitch Markowitz Mitch Markowitz ... Communication Coach
Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman ... Surveillance Operator
Rodrigo Gudiño ... Cop
Bob Dorsey Bob Dorsey ... Congregation Member
Rogelio Gudiño Rogelio Gudiño ... Congregation Member
Patricia Storer-Font Patricia Storer-Font ... Congregation Member
John Carter Craig John Carter Craig ... Congregation Member
Don Mary Fraser Don Mary Fraser ... Congregation Member
Mark Benesh Mark Benesh ... Undead Twin / Paramedic
Christopher Huron ... Undead Twin / Paramedic
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An antiques collector inherits a house from his estranged mother only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult. Soon, he comes to suspect that his mother's oppressive spirit still lingers within her home and is using items in the house to contact him with an urgent message. Written by Anonymous

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Faith Is Fragile


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While creating the film Gudiño said that he was inspired by his Catholic upbringing and by Stanley Kubrick's tendency to shoot close to where he lived See more »

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Rosalind Leigh: Sometimes, late at night, you can still feel the loneliness, like an animal, in the dark, ready to pounce. It can make a warm memory seem empty and unfamiliar. Past things seem insignificant, and even faith, seem trivial and worthless.
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O Rubor Sanguinis
By Hildegard von Bingen
Performed by Ellen Oak
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Style over substance
25 April 2013 | by Corpus_VileSee all my reviews

Leon has recently inherited his mother's home after her death. Before her death, his mother was a member of a rather odd cult who worship angels. Taking up residence, he explores the old, creepy and rather labyrinthine house that has statues of angels everywhere. However, Leon soon realises that there's more to his mother's house and her life than meets the eye. He also starts to realise that maybe he's not alone in the house. And maybe, his mother put so much faith in angels to protect her. Protect her from something that may now have its eye on Leon himself...

The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh has so much potential. It has a gorgeous set design and a nicely ominous tone and impending sense of dread, as well as an effective and decidedly haunting voice-over from Vanessa Redgrave. Unfortunately though after the half way mark it just kinda falls flat and comes across as having some very nice ideas that unfortunately either aren't executed well or else just simply discarded. As a result the film feels decidedly dissatisfying and concludes in an unexpectedly abrupt manner that ultimately leaves the viewer feeling slightly cheated.

That having said it has a nice atmosphere, is absorbing enough for the first half and marks the feature debut of Rue Morgue Magazine editor & president Rodrigo Gudino. While it ultimately didn't work for me, I do think that Gudino has a lot of promise and is certainly talented and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for him in future.

5/10, a film that I personally was disappointed in, but ultimately worth a look as I suspect it's a film that'll polarize fans overall.


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English

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13 June 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Poslednja Volja i Testament Rosalinde Li See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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CAD1,800,000 (estimated)
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