Last year a film was written and directed by Sonny Mallhi, who's best known for producing other films like "The Strangers", "Shutter" (Remake), "The Roommate", "House At The End of The Street", "Oldboy" (Remake), and 2014's "At The Devil's Door". Now, granted I had seen all but "At The Devil's Door", but I had enjoyed all of those films that I had seen! None the less, this being his directorial debut, Sonny has truly created a film in Anguish that speaks to the heart. People can deem it a horror film, or even a supernatural thriller. I for one see it as a tremendously human story. It's about people, and loss, and family.

 

The story and the way the film is shot and presented is both breathtakingly and simplistically. There are some definite beautiful moments between characters, and also some beautifully photographed shots. The film tells of a story about a young teenage girl named Tess (Ryan Simpkins) who moves to a new town with her mother Jessica (Annika Marks). Tess is unusually withdrawn. But as the story goes on you find out why she is quiet and withdrawn. The story also tells of another teenage girl, Lucy (Amberley Gridley), and her mother Sarah (Karina Logue) who experience a tragedy. Both girls have this distance between them and their mother, but both are reconciled through a spiritual journey that they all take.

 

This film was likened to another fantastic horror film, It Follows. Which is all well and fine, but to me, the only connection I can make between the two of them is how simply the approach to its storytelling, and how it's all shot. That's it. That's as far as it goes with connecting these two films. If you're looking for some scares from this film - It has them. It's eerie, it's creepy. But on the other hand, it has a lot of heart and soul very strong and a few heartbreaking performances. By the end it leaves you with some kind of resolve, and yet also leaves you with a few questions. Which is a good thing. I think films of this nature, that tell this kind of story should provoke thought and leave you wondering and discussing. Although this picture says it was inspired by true events, I felt the story and film overall were thoroughly satisfying. This movie can be found On Demand on iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu! It most definitely worth a watch! 

 

Anguish Movie Review

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by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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