Animal Kingdom/Northern Lights (Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith,
David Robert Mitchell, David Kaplan & Erik Rommesmo)
US 2014 (released 2015)
W: David Robert Mitchell
DP: Mike Gioulakis
Ed: Julio C. Perez IV
Maika Monroe (Jaime Height), Keir Gilchrist (Paul), Daniel
Zovatto (Greg), Jake Weary (Jeff / Hugh), Olivia Luccardi (Yara)
mild teen-oriented horror story, utilising the same plot device from The Ring, though replacing the videotape McGuffin with sexual intercourse (so clearly a metaphor for STD's).
teenage girl has a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, but is then abducted and told that she's now carrying a curse where she'll seemingly hallucinate various character are following her and
the only option is to pass on the curse to someone else, but should that person be killed by evil spirits, the curse will once again revert back to her.
There's plenty of tension and suspense to compliment the
supernatural theme, but there's also a few moments where the characters do some incredibly stupid things. The ambiguous ending might not be appreciated by everyone, but this is a decent stab at
an independent ghost story, with some atmospheric photography and genuinely creepy music.