Darling (2015)

Writer/Director: Mickey Keating

Starring: Lauren Ashley Carter as Darling, Sean Young as Madame, and Brian Morvant as The Man.

Darling follows a young girl’s descent into madness as she agrees to be a caretaker at a rather large, and rather strange house. The house itself has a history of suicide and occult rituals and practises.

So to get things started I’m going to mention the current IMDb rating for the movie, Keating’s monochrome flick sits on a rather undeserving 5.6 out of a possible 10. I believe that for such a visually pleasing movie this is a pretty shitty score, I understand it’s not some blockbuster starring Dwayne Johnson but damn it, this movie deserves so much more! (I’ll be posting my rating at the end).

So I love the fact that the whole movie is shot in monochrome, it just looks so pleasing, and it’s hugely reminiscent of the classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which I think Keating drew a lot of inspiration from. Carter reminds me heavily of Norman Bates, she is staying in this huge house, all alone, as the loneliness sets in, the graphic history of the house gets inside her head as she begins the descent into madness.

Keating as a director really pulled it out the bag, the camera angles and the shots used, just look so clean; by this I mean something as simple as a shot of a wardrobe looks immaculate, Keating purposely places his subjects in the centre of the shot. The picture of Darling I have included above is another brilliant example of this little technique Keating used, it’s just mesmerising to watch and extremely pleasing to the eye. So the movie only really has one main location, that being the house Darling is looking after, everything is minimal, even the characters and their dialogue, we only really see two characters engaging in proper conversation, Darling and The Man. This makes it extremely easy to follow, there’s no confusing plot to follow and no pointless characters to distract you from the perfect imagery.

By being so minimalist with characters, dialogue, and locations, when we see Darling lose her mind, it creates a better atmosphere because she is the only thing you are focusing on, and Carter pulls the role off perfectly, she goes from a shy, reserved young lady, into a vicious, no holds barred psychopath, the development of the character is just genius, I won’t go into too much detail but there’s a knife and a hacksaw involved, and a whole lotta blood! There is a time when the story is a little unclear but it really doesn’t take anything away from this spectacular movie, and it only lasts for around 1hour 15minutes, so it’s pretty easy to watch in your spare time.

If you haven’t seen it already, go and give it a go, you will definitely be surprised!

My personal rating of Darling definitely has to be a 7.5 out of 10.

Until next time guys. Stay Scary.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Starting: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Olwen Catherine Kelly.

Director: André Øvredal (Troll Hunter)

Plot: A father and son, both coroner’s, receive a body late one night, they are unknowingly pulled into a dark mystery while attempting to unravel what happened to the young lady that lay before them.

First things first, one main location, and a couple of main characters is what really brings this film together. Our opening scene sees the body of Jane Doe (Kelly) being discovered half buried, looking like a pretty normal corpse, it is then up to our dynamic coroner duo (Cox and Hirsch) to figure out what tragedy bestruck this young lady. So Cox and Hirsch are about to lock up for the night after doing 3 cases already, when a nervous looking sheriff turns up at their door. He has a right to be nervous because this Jane Doe in particular has had some pretty nasty shit done to her in her time. 

With their detective like skills, they set about slicing her open and seeing what the COD was. The pair unravel detail after grisly detail, with some pretty terrifying occurrences along the way,  bodies moving around by themselves, a freak storm, could it get worse? You bet your ass it could.  

With a stunning mix of greys and blues from the morgue walls and the pale skin of the corpse, the film leaves you feeling colder than the slab she is laying upon. Jane Doe herself is pretty normal looking, however, her wide captivating, grey eyes leave you with the feeling that she is always watching, like she knows all of your secrets and deepest fears, unleashing them through her mysterious powers. The whole aura of the film makes you so curious that you begin to question what happened to her right from the start, burying you in intrigue throughout.  

A massive 4 out of 5 toe tags for The Autopsy of Jane Doe!