Movie Review: Plague Town

plaguetownWatched this over at a friend’s house the other night, a pre-release from his video store gig (a nice perk considering the amount of suck that job can have to it). Never heard of it when it was released theatrically nor anybody associated with it. Prepared myself for the worst.  Glad to say I was pleasantly surprised.

The story concerns a typical dysfunctional family lost while on a typical horror movie vacation (supposedly Ireland but Connecticut countrysides in real-life), with the typical mysterious going-ons and sinister whispers from the woods. It seems they’d happened into a village where the children are all . . . well, let’s just say you wouldn’t wanna play hide and go seek with any of ’em.

Their leader is the eerie little witch in the photo.  Her name is Rosemary and she’s one of the most interesting characters I’ve seen in a horror movie in quite some time (hauntingly brought to life by unknown young actress Kate Aspinwall).

I don’t wanna give too much away here but let’s just say director/co-writer David Gregory & writing partner John Cregan have brought us a violent yet stylish new entry into the ‘children of the damned’ type genre.  Very atmospheric and awesomely scored by Mark Raskin, featuring a song by the composer for Andy Warhol’s Blood for Dracula (Claudio Gizzi), who incidently has only recently begun scoring movies again after stopping in 1974!

Painstakingly developed, shot completely on film (they still do that!?) – the only real drawback is some of the acting (I’m looking directly at you David Lombard).  Still, if you don’t mind some heavy gore – not all the time, just in key scenes – and enjoy a movie that at least TRIES to creep you out, give this one a rent.