'Angels of Darkness'
(Stephen Rea, Eleanor Tomlinson, Erika Marozsán, et al / DVD / R / 2015 / Revolver Group)
Overview: Lara (Eleanor Tomlinson) and her estranged father, Dr. Hill (Stephen Rea), travel behind the iron curtain to a decrepit castle outside the Hungarian town of Styria. In the nearby woods, Lara witnesses a violent car crash. Carmilla (Julia Pietrucha), the lone survivor, crawls from the wreckage. When Lara hides this beautiful and mysterious stranger in the castle, the two start an intense and chaotic friendship.
DVD Verdict: Originally entitled 'Styria,' what you know you're gonna get here is exactly what you end up getting. Plus, the great acting of the always-reliable, Stephen Rea (who I once shared an airplane ride with!) Anyway, moving on and, well, basically, the backdrop of the Iron Curtain aside; and a creepy castle, 'Angels Of Darkness' is a B-movie that simply depicts the intense and fractured relationship between a lonely teenager and a beautiful stranger.
Filmed in both the USA and Hungary, the tag line is, "Some curses never let you go," and as much as you wish halfway through that it meant that promise in some form of horror, gothic, shadowy manner, sadly it turns out to be more of a B-movie script judgement call. But, and again, that was always to be expected, but at least the supernatural element here is fully operational. Beautifully shot, very cinematic in its scenery scope, the overall acting is wonderful as well.
In conclusion, 'Angels of Darkness' is a movie you will go into watching one night with preconceptions, but try not to hang on to all of them. This is not your typical supernatural horror movie. It's a slow burn, sure, but with a steady mix of a 60's vamp styling, some teen angst, and a batch of psychological elements, the films title may be misleading, but your love for it won't be. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:77.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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