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The Redeeming Review


The synopsis for The Redeeming states; ‘A disturbed single mother confronts a mysterious stranger and the echoes of her past to protect her home.’

Vague, ominous and yearning for more. The movie centres around Joyce (Tracey Ann Wood) who lives alone in a secluded country house. From the outset we’re given a glimpse into the woman’s tentative psyche, which is only exacerbated with the introduction of John (Ryan Wichert) The young man has apparently injured his arm and seeks refuge in her home. Joyce obliges and not only lets the man in, but tends to his wounds as well. As the movie progresses it becomes apparent that not all is as it seems. The pair, despite apparently not knowing each other, seem to share a dark bond.

The Redeeming


As far as psychological thrillers go, director Brian Barnes does a great job of building suspense and keeping us on our toes. Personally, I thought from the outset that it was going to be a straightforward, cliche-ridden plot, but as the movie progressed I realised how wrong I was. The movie keeps you guessing throughout, with both characters portraying a secretive, almost sinister side at times. Think Misery with a paranormal twist and you’ll be close to the plot.

The Redeeming

The Redeeming was made with a considerably low budget, yet Barnes managed to overcome this through great casting and good cinematography. The only thing lacking for me was the intensity. There seemed to be a slight reluctance from both parties to be physically assertive when the time came. Whether this was down to the low budget and the subsequent “don’t damage my house” rule, or just an oversight in general, it was the only negative I could really find. However, with a convincing portrayal of diminishing mental health, a decent rapport between the pair, and a satisfying ending, the movie more than makes up for this.

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The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

If you were to go up to any horror fan today and ask them to reel off a list of horror influencers, who do you think would be mentioned first? King? Lovecraft? Maybe this generation of fans wouldn’t even mention literature. Perhaps the likes of Romero or Craven would precede all others?

Yet, the truth is most of the above names would probably never have been a horror icon if it wasn’t for the influencers of the 1800’s. Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and of course Edgar Allan Poe (among many others) sowed the seeds to what is now a rainforest of Amazonian proportions. Whilst some people may forget this, relying heavily on the influences of modern day pioneers, McClain Lindquist remains true to horror’s gothic roots.

Lindquist’s adaptation of ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ brings the story to life in just over 20 minutes. Staying true to Poe’s original prose, The Tell Tale Heart depicts The Narrator taking us through the dark realms of his psyche, all the while trying to convince us (and himself) that he is in fact sane.

I was initially intrigued as to how this visual portrayal would pan out. Would Lindquist stay true to the time period Poe originally perceived? Or would he give it a modern twist? The answer came within the first 20 seconds. Darkness, with only the fleeting conversation between a Police Officer and a Detective using current language. Modern day then? I’d say so… Until the words of the Police Officer conclude the dark sequence; “I hate the way he talks – It’s like an old movie.” Thus paving the way for The Narrator.

Depicted superbly by Sonny Grimsley, The Narrator’s prose, garb and mannerisms The Tell Tale Heartwouldn’t seem out of place on any theatrical stage. Lindquist successfully amalgamates the two time periods into one as we are taken on a journey through The Narrator’s dwindling grasp of reality. Whilst fans of Poe can be satisfied the depiction pays homage to the original, fans who have never read The Tell Tale Heart can also enjoy the traditional elements of horror throughout.

The movie contains shock, gore, suspense and most importantly it immerses the audience. We don’t just observe The Narrator’s descent into madness, we’re dragged into the abyss with him!

Alongside the great acting and directing, I feel I also need to pay tribute to the great SFX appearing throughout the movie. As you know, indie horror tends to be done on a budget, and as such we’re The Tell Tale Heartoften treated to some cringe-worthy special effects.  Yet those within The Tell Tale Heart are pretty impressive. There’s a vast amount of blood, gore and visual effects, not to mention the makeup/prosthetics used in transforming James C Morris into the old man. The SFX team have excelled and definintely need some recognition alongside everyone else involved in putting together this great short movie.

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Shadows of a Stranger is another independent project that has caught our eye recently. However, it’s not just your standard low-budget, horror flick. True it is low-budget, and it is horror-ish (labelled a psychological thriller) But there are a number fo differences that seperate it from the rest.

First off is the fact that it’s British (We rarely seem to get British Horrors nowadays so that’s always a plus)

There’s also the fact that, despite their low budget, they still managed to attract big names to their project. The likes of Colin Baker (Doctor Who) and Colin McFarlane (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Cube) to name a few…

Well that’s all well and good I hear you say, but there are still quite a few indie flicks out there that have been able to accomplish the same feat… Well that may be so, but were they filmed entirely on blue screen? No? Well Shadows of a Stranger is!

Check out this trailer and see for yourself!

Looks great right? To quote their Facebook page:  An original tale that ‘re-samples’ Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a dark melange of ‘ghostly’ visitations, psychic travelling, and the search for one’s atrophied humanity.  Re-imagined in a bleak, comic book-esque setting, the film also takes inspiration from Robert Rodriguez / Frank Miller’s Sin City, and David Fincher’s Se7en.

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Well here’s the second cryptic trailer that was recently released.

I’m sure you’ll agree the movie looks like it’s going to be a huge success. But it will only thrive if YOU support it.

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