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The Luring

USA 2019
produced by
Sandy Ayesh, Brian Berg, Christopher Wells for Kaleidoscope Pictures
directed by Christopher Wells
starring Rick Irwin, Michaela Sprague, Molly Fahey, Daniel Martin Berkey, Henry Gagliardi, Matan Barr, Ava-Riley Miles, Patricia Hammond, Gavin Maddox Bergman, Alex Emanuel, Angela Rambourg, Jack Garrity, Laura Spaeth, Al Marz, Chelsea Reed Davis, Jake Katzman, Troy Underle, Mary McGloin, William Stedina, Rory Higgs, Kristan Lyon, Kristian Parenteau, Chris Roy, Brian Berg
written by Christopher Wells, music by Al Creedon

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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As a child, Garrett (Rick Irwin) has been institutionalized after something horrible that has happened in his parents' Vermont vacation home, but while whatever-it-was is still bothering subconsciously, he can't for the life of it, what has actually happened. An adult now, he decides to take the bull by the horns and spend a short vacation at the cabin with his girlfriend Claire (Michaela Sprague). Now she does the best to accommodate him, but he gets irritated more and more, by visions, by fragments of memories, by locals who claim to know him, and ultimately by Claire herself, whom he soon treats like shit. On the plus side though, he scores a date with a local beauty, Jennifer (Molly Fahey) ...

Eventually, memories start to return, memories about a birthday party back when Garrett was a kid (and played by Henry Gagliardi), where he wasn't exactly nice to an autistic boy (Matan Barr), but still what actually happened remains hazy - but it had to do with a red balloon. At a bar, Garrett meets a stranger (Daniel Martin Berkey), who really brings out the worst in him, and whatever happens after is at least in part the stranger's fault. Thing is, the stranger is tied to the cabin in some uncanny way, which means only tragedy can result from his involvement ...

 

Basically, The Luring is a jigsaw puzzle, disguised as a horror film - or vice versa, actually -, and this is a concept that works just beautifully in this case, as the film manages to piece together a mystery on a grand scale with only giving away the relevant info by the by and slowly building up the dread of the situation as a whole. This is only heightened in the directorial approach to things that hides much of the story in hints rather than go full-on right away and manages to keep one guessing throughout. And a solid cast ground the story enough in reality to care, too, and make this a quite fascinating movie.

 

 

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