Not a day passes where I do not think I need to go back to writing and still I never do. Always find a reason to postpone it or do something else instead. My mind was set that I will start this November no matter what and inspired by the NaNoWriMo I will write every day, not a novel like in the challenge but anything really. And still I already missed the first day. I was writing though just did not post anything online. And boy am I rusty. But that is the point, to practice, to challenge myself and hopefully create a routine. For my first post I will review a movie that I have seen last year at IndieCork Film Festival and promised myself and the director I will post a review on imdb. Another proof of my amazing procrastination, a fucking year. But here goes (as I am posting this I just see that I have tried this challenge last year as well, but only managed to make one post so hopefully I can beat that this year. The bar is very low at least…)
Crone Wood (2016, dir. Mark Sheridan, Ireland)
This review is long overdue. It has been exactly a year since I have seen the film at IndieCork Film Festival and many of the finer details are not so clear in my mind anymore. But I promised myself to write one to support this Irish indie production at least in this smallest of ways.
When the film started I thought to myself, please not another found footage horror. But soon the film changed gears and not for the first time and I started to realize this is not another Blair Witch Project and the film began to resemble more the original Wicker Man. It was clear that the latter in particular was a big influence on the director but it was not another tired copy but a great film in its own right.
What makes this type of horror a good film, and this is true for many other films not just horror, is how well you establish the characters at the beginning before the bad stuff started happening. At that stage you have to like or hate them enough to care what happens to them. And Crone Wood succeeds to do just that, to introduce the lead protagonists to us in the short amount of time thanks to the solid performances of the actors playing them and the strong direction by Mark Sheridan. You can tell throughout the film that he is big fan and student of the horror genre which helps him to skilfully avoid the usual clichés as he plays with the twists and turns and our own expectations. Highly recommend to check this one out.