With the Valentine’s day season in full miss, what better way to spend this time than watching a film about witches, possession and blood.
With the Valentine's day season in full miss, what better way to spend this time than watching a film about witches, possession and of course blood.
Jason Bognacki's recent creation 'Mark of the Witch' really turns the horror genre on its head. Despite of course sticking to horror tropes – unconventional births, possession of a young girl, grotesque looking witches and of course the 18th birthday of the main character being the catalyst for it all. Starring Insurgent star David Landry, Paranormal Activity star Maria Olsen and Lillian Pennypacker, this film is a treat for those who love witches and possession stories. The film's plot follows a beautiful young woman, Jordyn, who on her 18th birthday is thrown into the dark underworld of witches, desire, possession to the point where she learns, it's possible that she is the devil's daughter.
Visually this film is extremely trippy, with some scenes bordering on 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' levels of weirdness. For some viewers these sequences will definitely give the added kick a good ole fashion possession film needs. In some instances, the skewed reality of these scenes really look as though bits and pieces throughout horror film history have been thrown into a montage. Aesthetically there are parts of the film that are really dark, which really helps us get into the mood for everything they throw at you. Although, you've been warned – some parts are seriously messed up.
So it's not the 'run of the mill' witch plot, it gets bloody, sexual and downright confusing at times, but have no fear, there is a plot somewhere in all that.
This film is not the kind of scary that relies on jump cuts, but relies on the more creepy lingering feeling that something is going to happen at any moment, and it won't be good for Jordyn. There are twists, and battles, and blood for all those who require these things. Although in some instances the film could have spent more time setting up some of these plot twists, as they seemed to be thrown in with little build up. It's definitely something that viewers have to pay attention to every little detail, otherwise they'll miss important plot points.
Overall Mark of the Witch is certainly not for everyone, but it is definitely an experience. If you're up for trippy visuals, witches, possession and gore then this film is for you.
The film is out today on DVD!
DVD/RRP will be £14.99