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On 26/08/2021 at 20:35, Paulando said:

Is this available to rent/stream anywhere or do I need to leave my house to watch it?

 

Leave the house. 

 

I did, and it was worth it... just about. To clarify, it scrapes above average by dint of a fantastic third act. 

 

The rest I thought very patchy and uneven. It seems to swing between wanting to be urban horror and Euro psycho-thriller whilst the script feels underwritten and padded. 

 

The third act feels parachuted in from a much more confident film, with a clear vision and the means to deliver the goods. 

 

If you're after gore and shocks, there definitely are some but it's a very slow burn, meandering around until it settles on the right protagonist and hits its stride for the last and most shocking part of the ride. 

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Agree with that. It's decent but the the third act feels separate to the rest of the film. Despite the beautiful re-telling of the story I don't think this works as its own movie and the original is essential viewing as a companion piece. 

 

They work together though and it's mad to think that it all came from a Clive Barker short based in Liverpool. It's different I know but perhaps lacking in the root of horror which I thought was deprivation, poverty, poor housing and governments letting it happen. 

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I really enjoyed it. It ties in real nicely with the 1992 film and if you haven't seen that in ages - like I did - the film retells events from that film in a pretty striking way. It's not subtle in the way it addresses issues like gentrification and police violence, but why should it be? Beautifully shotsd and scored too and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II makes for a great lead. Can't wait to see him in the new Matrix.

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11 hours ago, LeighCb said:

 

 

They work together though and it's mad to think that it all came from a Clive Barker short based in Liverpool. It's different I know but perhaps lacking in the root of horror which I thought was deprivation, poverty, poor housing and governments letting it happen. 

 

I'd love to see an adaption set in Liverpool, with an Aphex Twin "Come to Daddy" video style production.

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