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The Black Gloves (2017)

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The Black Gloves tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations ... See full summary »


Lawrie Brewster


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Credited cast:
Jamie Scott Gordon ... Finn Galloway
Macarena Gómez ... Lorena Velasco
Alexandra Hulme ... Elisa Grey (as Alexandra Nicole Hulme)
Iain Mitchell Leslie ... Ian Leslie (as Iain Leslie)
Briony Monroe ... Susan Barrow
Richard Pate Richard Pate ... William DeLancy
Craig J. Seath Craig J. Seath ... Dr. Dunwich
Nicholas Vince ... Uncle Edward


The Black Gloves tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity. In the bleak Scottish highlands, Finn counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher. He soon finds himself entangled in a ballet of paranoia, dark agendas and a maze of deadly twists and turns, as the legend of the Owlman becomes a terrifying reality. Written by matt humes

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The One We've Been Waiting For!
9 June 2018 | by sean-prassoSee all my reviews

The Black Gloves

Before I continue with the review let me just say that The Black Gloves is a VAST IMPROVEMENT over Brewster's previous Owlman film. The production value has exceptionally risen in terms of acting, cinematography, editing and visual storytelling. In his earlier work I was able to recognize moments of cleverness, significant ideas buried within and a unique voice peeking through. This is the first film I can confidently say that all those aspects have come into fruition.

Brewster returns to the story of the Owlman, this time blending gothic horror and noir with an arthouse aesthetic. At moments the film has a similar tone to the work of Jean Rollin, the way in which Brewster poeticizes death. At times it tends to have the visual feel of a gothic Bava film but leans more on the visual style of classic gothic films from Hollywood. I am pleased to say that his vision storytelling wise and visually is one of a kind and can't be compared to many directors, therefore creating a unique cinematic world.

Unlike Lord of Tears Brewster decides to utilize a more atmospheric approach to evoke the feeling of terror, which is effective and is complimented by black and white cinematography. The photography in this film is nothing short of gorgeous. I took note of Brewster's use of the wide angle lens and subtle dutch angles. As a cinematographer myself I highly admire that.

Lastly, I am happy that there is finally a "new monster" introduced into cinema. There has not been one that stood out to me that is considered significant since the days of 70's/80's horror (Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason etc.) The Owlman's visual look, and presence on screen is is appealing and leaves me wanting more..

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