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Synopsis:
Dr. Hill (Stephen Rea) has taken his daughter, Lara (Eleanor Tomlinson), to the ruins of a gothic castle in the middle of a dark, haunted forest. When they witness a car crash in nearby woods they take the woman who survives to die castle to recover, but as Lara and the girl become closer friends it awakes witchcraft, vampires and local superstitions in the village. The young women in the village start to go insane or die in mysterious circumstances. Lara starts to wonder if the mysterious girl they rescued is to blame, or if there is a darker secret that is at work destroying the town.
Actors:
, , Julia Pietrucha, , , , Dora Bekesi, Claire Castillo, Leah Castillo, Morena Abellar Duwe, Barbara Gal, Jeanette Jordana, Márk Kun, László Kádár, , Gerda Pikali, Nina Pöllönen, , ,
Directors:
Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf
Producers:
Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf, Ildiko Kemeny, Daria Matza, Marton Varo Jr
Writers:
Karl Bardosh, Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf, Sheridan Le Fanu
Aka:
Styria
Studio:
High Fliers Video Distribution
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/07/2016
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English, Hungarian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Lock up your daughters! - Angel of Darkness review by NP

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23/03/2020

An occasionally wooden Stephen Rea plays studious Dr. Hill, whose daughter Lara (Eleanor Tomlinson) glares at people from beneath thickly made-up eyelids: she listens to Joy Division and attempts, in quiet moments, to self-harm (Lara’s mum committed suicide in post natal depression). During one such time, she witnesses a car crash, in which another young girl is ejected and left. That her name is Carmilla should get alarm bells ringing. Carmilla (Julia Petruchia) is bewitching and, as you might imagine, somewhat sinister.

‘Angel of Darkness’, or ‘Styria’ as it is sometimes known, could be said to be a retelling of the Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu vampire story that pre-dates even ’Dracula’, but that’s not to say interesting new things aren’t done with the theme of vampire seduction.

Directors Mauricio Chernovetzky and Mark Devendorf really lay on the atmosphere here, from the beautifully decaying Hungarian castle in which Hill is hurriedly conducting his experiments in the short amount of time available to him, to the wonderfully gothic surrounding gardens and woodlands. This is a modestly budgeted film – in fact I understand it was completed thanks to a Crowdfunding campaign – but it looks superb throughout, with the effective scares taking second place to rich ambience.

The two girls tread that line between mischievous and dangerous, but so skillfully are they played, they never come across as bratty which would be the case in less talented hands.

Sluggish in places it may be, but this is a very enjoyable excursion into gothic horror and provides a very worthwhile and enjoyable new take on the Carmilla story. My score is 8 out of 10.

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