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Dogged (2017)

| Horror | 2017 (UK)
When Sam returns home to the tidal island where he grew up to attend a funeral, he soon discovers that the seedy underbelly of this small community harbours more than just a few secrets.

Director:

Richard Rowntree

Writers:

Matthew Davies (screenplay), Christina Rowntree (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Manders ... Dr. Donald Goodman
Debra Leigh-Taylor ... Meredith Jones
Philip Ridout ... Alan
Rosemary Smith Rosemary Smith ... Beth
Aiysha Jebali ... Rachel Jones
Richard Rowntree Richard Rowntree ... Taxi Driver
Nadia Lamin ... Sparrow
Jo Southwell ... Nanette
Toby Wynn-Davies ... Father David J Jones
Ashton Bell Ashton Bell ... Rabbit
Matt Streuli Matt Streuli ... The Bawdy Man
Lee Hall Lee Hall ... Cultist
Sam Saunders Sam Saunders ... Sam
Gregory A. Smith ... John
Daniel Parnell Daniel Parnell ... Cultist
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When Sam returns home to the tidal island where he grew up to attend a funeral, he soon discovers that the seedy underbelly of this small community harbours more than just a few secrets.

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Forgive us our trespasses...

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2017 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Osea Island, Essex, England, UK See more »

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Became the 4th most successful UK based horror feature film to receive funding from Kickstarter on 24 March 2016 - based on the critically acclaimed short film of the same name. See more »

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British folk horror

At about the halfway point of this movie, there is a quick cut to the TV in our protagonist's bedroom, and there's a DVD of The Wicker Man propped against the TV. That's director Roundtree's acknowledgment of his influence, and the influence is strong - a person from mainstream society comes to an isolated community after one of them dies, encounters some very odd characters, and, through persistence, learns that the society is hiding a dark and deadly secret.

Consistent with the folk horror tropes, we get lots of shots of the bleakly beautiful countryside and seaside settings. It's a slow burn that creates unease and builds dread. And it introduces a secretive group that practices ancient, non-Christian rituals.

Those are all positives, but the film stumbles a bit, mostly in its execution. It's a low budget, independent release, so I cut it some slack, but I felt that the editing at times was a bit clunky, and there was too much use of shaky handheld cameras, odd angles, and extreme close-ups that obscured what was happening. The story, as stated above, is not particularly original, and some of the acting was sub-par.

All of that being said, though, this is a promising directorial debut, and an enjoyable contribution to the folk horror sub-genre.


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