Directed By: John Pogue 
Written By: Craig Rosenberg, John Pogue & Oren Moverman 
Based on A Screenplay by: Tom De Ville 
Cinematography By: Matyas Erdely 
Editor: Glenn Garland  

Cast: Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Jared Harris, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Laurie Calvert

In 1974, in Oxford, Professor Joseph Coupland invites his introspective student Brian McNeil to film his research about the supernatural with his two assistants, Krissi Dalton and Harry Abrams, and the subject Jane Harper. Jane is a young woman with no memory from the past that has been abandoned that believes she is possessed by a doll named Evey that gives telekinetic power to her. She is kept awake in an isolated house with a doll, where Prof. Coupland intends that she puts her evil energy in and then destroys the doll to healing Jane. Strange things happen in the house and Brian feels sorry for Jane and he researches her tattoo, learning an evil secret about the past of Jane.

Filmed in 2012, it sat unreleased until 2014. Which is never good, though doesn’t make this too horrible. It’s actually decent and not a total waste.

I have to say I enjoyed this film more than expected. Not as bad as I thought initially going in, but still not quite a winner either. Though it is a welcome entry into, the hammer canon of films.

The film. fits the pedigree of being a hammer film. By being quite dated in the time that it is set in. It also has the distinction of keeping a chilling atmosphere as it goes along.

While it is better in Quality the film isn’t as fun or moving as John Pogue’s Previous Directorial Debut, QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL which is a personal guilty pleasure.

The film chooses to have an Unsettling mood and scares of its bag of tricks rather than gore and violence. I applaud it for as we go through the film we feel an increasing amount of dread as we realize the characters are not prepared for what they are messing with. It becomes thrilling towards the middle though it also starts to become predictable when it begins to reveal itself.

The script was heavily rewritten for budget reasons. Which might explain the more singular locations. Leaving It to feel more creative working with what they have and giving a more haunting atmosphere.

Of course, I am not a natural fan of ghost stories so it took me a bit to get into it. Especially when the action takes place mostly in an abandoned manor that only the characters will inhabit. In other words, waiting around like sitting ducks.

I like the fact that the film shows characters come to their sense and trying to leave, by being pulled back as they aren’t safe anywhere. Unless they face off with whatever is haunting them.

Though it is not above some skin by having actress Erin Richards constantly in revealing, tight clothes as well as reasons for shots that seem to have a reason for her backside to be featured in a few shots. That I will admit are small but became distracting for me.

Though the film deals with adult themes the violence and scenes stay on a strictly PG-13 level and become obvious they must keep to their rating when certain scenes keep escalating then the camera seems to pull away or shy away from the actual act and comes back to show only the aftermath in flashes.

The film has a more gothic atmosphere it reminds one of the more classic horror tales. Especially being more set in the ’70s

It also dips its toe into being partially a found footage film to cover its fan bases and make sure some modern audience members especially the younger members.

The film’s weaknesses however are its a central story that IF unbelievable that it isn’t supernatural, occurrences just telepathy at work with a vivid imagination of suggestion. That seems ridiculous plus add in a reason to have a good footage element that while smart in its introduction feels like a reason to add in that cliche.

The film is able to hold your attention as you watch, though after it is easily forgettable, but most likely will just be confused with memories of other similar and maybe even better or worse films.

Wait To rent, though with other films

Grade: C


Directed by: Darius Marder
Written by: Darius Marder & Abraham Marder
Story By: Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
Cinematography: Daniel Bouquet 
Editor: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Matthieu Amalric, Lauren Ridloff, Chelsea Lee

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

The audience experiences the fear of his hearing loss as well as his disorientation at learning how to communicate itself In The deaf and rehab community that he is part of 

This is felt so much by the end it barely feels like they are actors and what we are watching is mroe a documentary or real life 

While experiencing this it is a learning g experience for us both and once we seem to get into the groove of things. The film and the lead character shakes it up. Somewhat as a necessity as it seems that is how he lives his life. The film seems to move Ali g the same way but completely naturalistic. So that we are always thrown off also. Which keeps things interesting but never quite at peace. Even in the more tranquil scenes.

In the end he learns that what he had might. It has been worth it as once he has truly

Found a community that actually accepts him. He rejects them To a certain degree to get back his former life that was rebellious but was fitting into a certain kind of normal. So that even as a punk he kind of sells Out for normalcy and love and kind of shoots himself in the foot as the world he once knew moves on without him. 

That while he has changed for the better so had his girlfriend and what he desired to be with her ends up not totally being worth it. As coming. Back into her life kind of makes her go back to the times when she was unstable and causes relapses even though they saved one another.

Riz Ahmed totally owns this role and is or. If the better performances seen in 2020 he is strong as his character is forever unsettled. As even when he is at peace he never stops and slows down enough to appreciate it and look towards the future.

Olivera Cooke is almost unrecognizable in her supporting yet pivotal role. She serves as the light at the end of the tunnel. As in the beginning, she is his desperate half. Soon as his disability comes to the forefront it’s interesting how the roles kind of change and she has to be a caretaker as he slowly and angrily unravels. She is his peace.

The film is a tragedy as it leaves the ending ambiguous but all that he has done to survive to a certain degree isn’t worth it and he has burned too many bridges to go back 

How the film came to be was that director Derek cut originally had planned to make a docufiction film starring a real-life couple in a band going through the same situation and while the film was in post-production the film never quite hit completion to satisfaction.  Writer-director Darius was so moved by the story he was asked and given permission to work it in any way he wanted to after having worked with Derek as a screenwriter in the movie THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. It does have vibes of his style.

This film has a devastating and honest beauty to it. 

Grade: B+