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Plague Town

by on Apr.15, 2010, under Daily Review

This film will certainly do wonders for the Irish Country tourism board.

An American family attempt to build bridges in their relationships as they holiday in the beautiful Irish countryside. On a day trip, to a remote part of the area, they miss the last bus home and discover the locals have a dark secret.

This is as spooky and wicked as they come. I’m shocked at how creepy this film is. It’s visually stunning but the tension and eeriness which Director, Dave Gregory has created is outstanding.  A strong feeling of dread looms over the film from the initial scene and grows by the minute. The gore is savage and deeply rooted in the natural and rural. Twigs in the neck, whippings with branches, choking with leaves and vines through eye sockets. Hideous stuff and would you be more shocked if I was to mention the evil doings are performed by children, skipping and smiling in their dark activity. There is also a stunning decapitation of the most casual i’ve ever seen: a glorious effect. The film is beautifully shot, superb cinematography making full use of the landscape and surrounding woods.

This is Wickerman meets Calvaire, meets Children of the Damned, meets Night of the Living Dead. Huge praise and plenty of material to work with and salute as the film stamps its creepy mark on the history of the horror genre. This is a real cult classic, I’m surprised I’ve not heard of this prior. Marvellous cinema.

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