- Elf 2017
Andy Collier, Sean Knopp, Tor Mian, Ross Scaife for Loose Canon Films, Hydra Films RKM
directed by Andy Collier, Tor Mian
starring Sarah Beck Mather, Jamie Satterthwaite, Andonis Anthony, Johnny Vivash, Ross Mullan, David J. Peel, Ethan Chapples, Nicole O'Neill, Anthony Taylor, Sean Knopp, Ryan Spong, Paul T. Horsfield, Louis Hilyer, Mark Knightley, Dean Roberts, Thomas Williamson, Jessica Jay, Arabella Burfitt-Dons, Clive Dancey, Jessica Preddy, Andy Collier, Dylan Rees, Gabriel Fleary, Alistair Green, Rose Wardle, James Watters, Louise Young, Tom Lincoln, Abigail Hamilton, Simon Rhodes, Dilyana Bouklieva, Lee Nicholas Harris, Jo Wheatley, Chris Martin Hill, Craig Summers, Jane Adetona
written by Andy Collier, Tor Mian, music by Chris Roe
Police detective Rebecca (Sarah Beck Mather) isn't in the best of
places these days, she's to investigate what turns out to be an especially
gruesome serialkiller case but usually her body acts up when she sees the
victims - much to the ridicule of her colleagues -, while at the same time
she goes through a messy separation from her ex, and her partner at work,
Eli (Andonis Anthony), is pretty much a pain in the buttocks. But all that
said, Rebecca and Eli do make some progress in their investigation, tieing
all threads to a real estate agency and its co-owner Michael Sweet (Jamie
Satterthwaite), a slimy and arrogant prick if there ever was one. But
since there's no concrete evidence against Sweet, Eli follows other leads
- while Rebecca, in her spare time even, shadows Sweet. Problem is, she
soon starts to see him everywhere, to a point where she's no longer sure
if she's going mad or he is some sort of demon who has cursed her. And
then another man involved in the case (Johnny Vivash) walks into the
station, admits his guilt and then cuts his own throat. For Eli and
colleagues, this is an ending good enough as any and they celebrate their
success, but Rebecca is not so sure - especially since she continues to
see Sweet everywhere, and what she sees is less and less pretty ...
nice little thriller that somehow manages to swap genres back and forth
rather effortlessly, being in parts police procedural, seriallkiller
movie, psycho horror, and ... well, that would be giving away too much.
That this works is thanks to a rather cleverly written script that really
knows how to piece the different genre elements together and at the same
time deceive the audience in the best possible way, but also thanks to a
compact directorial effort that gets pacing, atmosphere and suspense just
right, and to a very competent cast.
Well worth a look!