Ginger Nuts of Horror
Over the last few months, I've watched a lot of horror films that I haven't had time to review in full on Ginger Nuts. Some great, some bad, some a mixture, here I'll give a brief overview of a few that I don't believe have been reviewed on the site before.
Soulmate (2013) Dir: Axelle Carolyn.
Soulmate stars Anna Walton as Audrey, in what at first seems an all too familiar tale of a woman with a recent tragic past - husband dead in an accident, her own attempted suicide - who fetches up at a lonely old farmhouse in a quiet village to recuperate. And for the first 30 or 40 minutes, we have what is a very competent and extremely creepy haunted house film, with a great atmosphere and truly wonderful moments of sheer dread. No jump scares, really. But then, something very interesting happens - and this may be a mild spoiler, but it's in the interests of knowing what you're getting here - she actually makes contact with the ghost and what then follows is a very well-made psychological and emotional drama. It still has moments of eeriness, but it's clear that the film is as much about the mental and emotional path of Audrey as she finds possible hope and healing in interacting with this spirit. It's subtle, sombre and leans to the dark, but it's carried with aplomb by one of the strongest acting performances I've seen in a long time. Anna Walton is pitch perfect and gives a truly natural performance. No idea why she's not in more. Greta little film; surprising and moving, with a little bit of mystery as well.
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