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The Devil's Machine (2019)

Automata (original title)
Antique expert Brendon Cole is sent to authenticate a 300-year-old clockwork doll with notorious history, aka "The Inferno Princess". In the remote Scottish mansion where it was discovered,... See full summary »

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Lawrie Brewster

Writer:

Sarah Daly
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Scott Gordon ... Dr. Brendan Cole
Jonathan Hansler ... The General
Alexandra Hulme ... Talia (as Alexandra Nicole Hulme)
Victoria Lucie ... Rose
Erich Redman ... Frederick
Keith Robson Keith Robson ... Alexander MacIntosh
Richard Pate ... Minister Von Schill
Nick Ford ... Officer Stille
Richard Southard Richard Southard ... Colonel Von Hardenburg
Greg Orsi Greg Orsi ... Officer Wurzel
Jon Vangdal Aamaas ... Von Haugwitz
Hana Mackenzie Hana Mackenzie ... Lady Sophie
Andrew Gourlay Andrew Gourlay ... Albrecht
Stephen Kerr ... Calder
Gordon Holliday Gordon Holliday ... Officer Von Papen
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Antique expert Brendon Cole is sent to authenticate a 300-year-old clockwork doll with notorious history, aka "The Inferno Princess". In the remote Scottish mansion where it was discovered, Brendon soon finds himself the victim of the automaton's legendary curse. Written by dshie

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Official Sites:

Hex Media [United Kingdom]

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Language:

English

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2 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Impressive independent horror
17 March 2019 | by karenbaileyfordSee all my reviews

I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch Automata. All I knew was that it was an indie horror from Scotland. So, as soon I saw the first shots, I was blown away. The film is so cinematic, and literally every shot looks like a painting.

Despite clearly being inspired by older movies - there is a definite flavour of Hammer style melodrama & the lighting is very Giallo - the film still manages to feel new.

The themes of the wrongs of the past echoing through time is very strong, but the film never feels preachy. It isn't trying to be cool or pretentious. This might put some viewers off but personally I found it refreshing.

For open-minded horror fans with a love for the history of the genre, Automata is an absolute gem.


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