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Adolescent can be a difficult time. It's normal to be drawn to death and murder, but you can go too far down that road, too far away from normal.
What do you say John?
John Wayne Cleaver:
I'm interested in how many times you felt it was necessary to say the word normal
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Obsessed with a spate of bloody murders in his hometown, a disturbed teen begins to stalk his elderly neighbour.
Mostly a tale of alienation in a decaying society, but with a light hearted touch. The hero is presented in the unusual scenario of a family that runs the local mortuary, and there's some nice gore on the dissecting table as the vascular pump ticks away in the background. Also sets up a nice sight gag for the credits music at the end.
It's well shot and paced, but only picked up for me at about the half hour mark, when the horror element was introduced. At about 54 mins there is a well thought out and skillful jump scare. But the tone never gets heavy, so this is horror lite. Maybe they should have gone full horror once the ambiguity over the killer's identity was cleared up. Instead we had to wait for some over cooked CGI at the very end.
Lead actor is very good, and the villain too - though some of his lines were obscured by the aged voice. There are too many characters, some of whom seem significant but don't matter to the story or only appear in scenes that could have been cut - mostly the high school stuff. So the screenplay is not the tightest.
Music is interesting, applied with a light touch. A bit of poetry too.
Overall, whimsical horror that needed a heart transplant somewhere along the way.
ps. Interesting to see US-Irish collaboration.
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