Monday, 1 August 2016

CONSUMPTION * U.S.A. 2016 Dir: Brandon Scullion 80 mins

A group of friends travel for a weekend retreat in the Utah mountains but one of them has a very dark secret. This secret will destroy each one of their lives forever as they prepare to face the evil unstoppable force that has been growing in the woods outside their winter resort, one that will soon grow inside all of them.
'CONSUMPTION' has got to be single-handedly one of the worst films I have watched in a while. All I can really make heads or tails about the movie is that one of the group has killed his mother, there is a cult in the mountains that don't like Atheists, a bunch of weirdos do some kind of ritual and another member of the group gets possessed. Majority of that statement happens in the last 20 minutes of the film the rest of it will just bore you to death. Poor sound mixing leads to alot of rewinding the film to try and capture what the actors had said. Most of the dialogue is either being recorded too quietly or it will have music or wind to contend with. Why they couldn't have just re-recorded sound at a later date is beyond me instead of using the useless audio they already had. There is some kind of effort to try and channel Stanley Kubrick's 'THE SHINING' into the film by putting people in a snowy isolated resort but the cast needed something to work with. Majority of the cast do a good job switching emotions throughout but by the time this film has meandered on to its finale its all a little too late to enjoy.

Review by Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins







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