- Ax 2013
Ryan M.Andrews, Neil Green, Rob Sweet for Blackguardism Creations, Fusion Films
directed by Ryan M.Andrews
starring Eva James, Neil Green, Veronika London, Kassandra Santos, Thet Win, Hayley Toane, Emily Schooley, Declan McCarthy, Marina Manushenko, Jenny Mac, Jo Jo Karume, Peter Jackson (II), Timothy Paul McCarthy, Scott Vancea, Suzanne Serwatuk, Camden Shaw, Mila Star, Rob Sweet, Kate Goodwin, Sasha Glitter, Justice Declun, Derek Holland, Margaret Jeronimo
story by Ryan M.Andrews, Neil Green, screenplay by Ryan M.Andrews, music by David O'Hearn, special effects by Steven Dawley, special effects makeup by Carlos Henriques
Halloween, an abandoned mall, and a young guy (Thet Win) who just
happens to have the keys for it - if this combination does not suggest a
big and exclusive party, I don't know what does.
All guests seem to be
amusing themselves, all but wallflowerish Chris (Eva James) - which is why
one of the girls at the party figures it would be a good idea to drug her
to knock her out, and Chris loses consciousness right in one of the toilet
stalls to sleep through the whole party, and noone even notices.
through the party locked inside a toilet is of course not the worst thing
that can happen to one, at least not when there's a killer (Neil Green) on
the loose outside, who has the bad habit to lure teen after teen away from
the flock to slaughter them brutally.
The next morning, Chris wakes up
to stumble upon a corpse pretty much right away, and the more she walks
through the mall to find a way out, the more corpses she recovers (about a
dozen or so). Now that's bad enough, but what's worse is that she has to
find out she is actually a psychic, and every time she touches a corpse or
a murder weapon (the killer used quite an array of them), she is
confronted by memories of the violent deaths of these people.
Interestingly, there is a little boy (Declan McCarthy) in there with her,
for whom she feels responsible before too long, and it turns out the
killer hasn't lost the building, either ...
here to open the Spoiler Pop-up!
starts out pretty much as your standard slasher: There are teens who have
little other than sex on their minds, and there's a killer slaughtering
everybody straying too far from the flock - and there are many who stray.
Sure, the death scenes are on the imaginative and on the gory side to keep
genre fans happy, but other than that, there's nothing too special about Black
Eve ... until half an hour into the film, when the film abandons its
linear narrative, introduces the psychic subplot as well as two framing
devices (one in an interrogation room, one during a psychiatrist session),
and suddenly tells its story in multiple confusing and jumbled up
flashbacks - and while this might sound less than promising, it works like
a charm, light-footedly squeezing new life out of an done-to-death
plotline and making old ideas seem fresh again. Sure, the ultimate
solution of this film might not exactly come unexpected, but the way that
leads to it is quite fascinating.
Definitely worth a look!