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Love and family loyalties square off against dark forces in this thriller from British director Colm McCarthy. Mary (Kate Dickie) and her son Fergal (Niall Bruton) arrive in a small town in Scotland looking for a place to stay. Mary and Fergal tend not to live in one place for long, and not without reason -- Mary is part of a clan who practice a special brand of magic, and she's constantly on the run from rivals who believe Fergal has unusual talents they'd like to exploit. As Mary and Fergal
Jul 11, 2011
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Its ambitious if uneven hybrid of grim social realism and flat-out monster movie theatrics conjures up a commendably brooding atmosphere. It's just a shame the story feels so muddled.
An Irish / Scottish / Celtic-inspired horror mash-up that's equal parts intelligent, engaging, and unexpectedly creepy.
There's a real sense of something vaguely interesting being urinated up a wall.
It feels like the story ends just when it's really starting to cook, but this is an original, engrossing exploration of ancient black magic against a backdrop of endless grey.
Thoroughly grim but original and commendable indie-Scot-horror about deadlocked necromancers, played by Kate Dickie and James Nesbitt.
If Andrea Arnold met Eli Roth you might get something like this lyrically shot, energetically acted, medium grisly and totally bonkers Scottish social realism supernatural horror film.
The mix of arcane ritual magic, bleak social drama and Terminator tropes quickly begins to feel muddled.
Writer/director Colm McCarthy's vision seems to have been lost in the midst of entrails, muddled mythology and incomplete plot points.
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