Marky (Nik Kaneti-Dimmer) persuades his friend David (James McClusky)
to break into an abandoned glazier's workshop one night, just for the
kicks, and initially it's indeed mildly spooky - until they run into hobo
Jack (Chris Wilson) ... who offers them some booze and hospitality. It's
only when they leave that they're running into a man-sized bird monster
that tries to kill them, and when it has them cornered in a toilet stall,
it's really dumb luck for our heroes that two stoners (Seth Easterbrook,
Thomas Walters) enter the premises as well, distracting the monster to
give David and Marky a breather so they can figure out how to get away.
Thing is, the monster isn't gone for long and when it comes back it seems
to be more furious than ever, and now it's up to our heroes to find out
the secret of the monster to defeat it - and also how David's father
(Martyn Eade) figures in the story ...
So Ravenstein doesn't exactly re-invent horror as such
- but for what it is it's a pretty exciting ride that's really also a
testament of how a healthy dose of creativity, cinematic ingenuity and a
good helping of genre savvy can overcome the limitations of an admittedly
neglectable budget, as the film tells a character-based story rather than
relying purely on spectacle, makes perfect use of its rundown location and
presents us with a rather original monster that's only gradually revealed
throughout the movie for full effect. Basically, if you're a horror fan,
you're likely to enjoy this one very much.