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The Unkindness of Ravens (2016)

A homeless veteran battles to survive against his demons in the remote Highlands of Scotland

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Lawrie Brewster

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Sarah Daly
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Brewster Michael Brewster ... 'The Ravens Are Coming' Lost Soul
Ross Campbell Ross Campbell ... Rebel Soldier
Leon Carrington Leon Carrington ... Raven Warrior
Daniel Casey Daniel Casey ... Craig
Dougie Clark Dougie Clark ... Lee
Benjamin Ferguson Benjamin Ferguson ... Lost Soul
Amanda Gilliland Amanda Gilliland ... Angela
Jamie Scott Gordon ... Andrew
Jamie Harrison-Grundy Jamie Harrison-Grundy ... Rebel Soldier
Mark Hunter Mark Hunter ... Pte Hunter
David Izatt ... Lost Soul
Iain Mitchell Leslie ... Pte Leslie (as Iain Leslie)
Andy McDonald Andy McDonald ... Lost Soul
Derek McIlhatton Derek McIlhatton ... Pte Mcilhatton
Farooqi Muskwati Farooqi Muskwati ... Rebel Commander
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A homeless veteran battles to survive against his demons in the remote Highlands of Scotland

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27 August 2016 (UK) See more »

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A Visual Feast that will Scare Your Pants Off
6 February 2018 | by simon-ball3See all my reviews

The Unkindness of Ravens is an incredibly powerful and at times uncomfortable piece of filmmaking. Jamie Scott-Gordon's performance as traumatised Afghan war veteran Andrew is truly remarkable and will carry you through an emotional meat grinder as the former soldier fights back against the PTSD demons that manifest as the ravens. His flashbacks to the Afghan desert (shot at Scotland's Tentsmuir Beach, believe it or not) are both gruesome and disturbing, while the soldiers' scenes in the dimension of the Raven Warriors are really quite harrowing. Something between 17th Century plague doctor and Samurai, the Raven Warriors' costume design is every bit as iconic as that of the Owlman from director Lawrie Brewster's previous movie Lord of Tears. While Brewster and co-writer Sarah Daly's horror debut was clearly influenced by Hammer and British haunted house classics like Jack Clayton's The Innocents (1961), The Unkindness of Ravens owes more to Brit folk horror shockers like The Wicker Man (1973) and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981), with perhaps a hint of the iconography of the Forbidden Zone from Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and the violent emotional intensity of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs (1971).

As with Lord of Tears Michael Brewster's cinematography of the Scottish Highlands is both atmospheric and achingly beautiful, while Sarah Daly's sound design and the musical score by Andy McDonald and Yousef Khalil reinforce the moody aura of Celtic mystery derived from Brewster and Daly's meticulously detailed background mythology..It's rare for a horror movie to highlight a social issue, but The Unkindness of Ravens bravely takes on and illustrates some of the issues faced by British servicemen traumatised by the horrors witnessed on active duty. Innovative, disturbing and very, very scary The Unkindness of Ravens is far from your usual horror movie and so much more powerful for that. Brewster and Daly are carving out a truly unique niche for themselves in the UK filmmaking community, one that promises to bear the most original and delicious fruit in the future.


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