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The Curse of Willow Song

Canada 2020
produced by
Karen Wong, Karen Lam for Opiate Pictures, RNR Media
directed by Karen Lam
starring Valerie Tian, Elfina Luk, Ingrid Nilson, Adam Lolacher, Amanda Burke, Johannah Newmarch, Natalie Grace, Simon Chin, Dejan Loyola, Nelson Leis, David James Lewis, Wren Walker, Kate Mitchell, Miranda Boire, Quynh Mi
written by Karen Lam, music by Patric Caird

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Willow (Valerie Tian) hasn't had it easy of late: Sure she got out of prison on probation, but since has to fight against prejudice she faces as an ex-convict and ex-junkie, then she loses her job as a welder due to her employer's (Johannah Newmarch) sheer neglect, her last paycheck has never shown up so she loses her home, and she's still followed by the man whose shop she has burned down which led to her prison sentence, Wolf (Adam Lolacher), and Wolf is out for revenge. It seems a lucky break then that she bumps into Dani (Elfina Luk), the girlfriend of her brother (Simon Chin), a realtor who gives her a place to live, an industrial compound, as long as she performs some security duties - only that place brings out only the worst in Willow, and falling into a temporary catatonic state is only the least of it, because eventually Willow develops telekinetic tendencies - that take on a very worrying life of their own ...

 

The Curse of Willow Song is certainly not your run-of-the-mill popcorn horror flick, as its very slowburn, takes its dear timeto reveal its premise, and doesn't waste any time explaining things away, relying on hints and associations instead. And this style of storytelling works quite beautifully in this case, as Karen Lam's direction is heavy on atmosphere, shows a visual style all of its own, and really compliments the story. And Valierie Tian does a splendid job carrying this movie, supported by a very able ensemble, to make this a pretty unique but (in a disturbing sort of way) utterly enjoyable genre movie.

 

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