Martyrs Lane Review

supernatural horror flick. Like “The Babadook” and “Hereditary”, Ruth Platt’s latest film, “Martyrs Lane” also explores the themes of grief and loss. Released via Shudder, this supernatural film is very much like a macabre fairy-tale for adults, with the main premise being a young girl becoming friends with a ghostly child who sends her on a treasure hunt to discover her true identity. This is the third film from actress-turned-director Ruth Platt (following the 2015 horror “The Lesson” and the 2019 comedy-drama “Black Forest”) is based on a short film, also titled “Martyrs Lane”. With her latest feature film, Platt demonstrates that she has adapted to the role of director quite easily and that she is very capable of being in the director’s chair. Continue reading Martyrs Lane Review

Fantasia Film Review: Martyrs Lane

Year: 2021 Runtime:  96 minutes Director: Ruth Platt Writer: Ruth Platt Cast: Kiera Thompson, Denise Gough, Sienna Sayer, Hanna Rae By Harris Dang “Martyrs Lane” (2021) tells the story of Leah (Kiera Thompson), a young 10-year-old girl who lives with her family up in a rectory. The family is always active in the day, but there is something off with the sense of normalcy, something … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Martyrs Lane

Review: The Other Lamb

“The Other Lamb” is the English language debut from filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska. You may not be familiar with Szymowska’s work, but she is an auteur with a distinct voice and style, her previous films have been divisive “Elles” (2011) a sexually explicit drama which followed Anne (Juliette Binoche), a journalist in Paris for French Elle who is writing an article about female student prostitution, the 2013 film “In the Name Of” which told the story of a closeted gay Catholic priest living in rural Poland and the 2018 film “Mug”, a strange comedy that told the story of fun-loving Jacek (Mateusz Kościukiewicz) who is disfigured in an accident at work, and becomes the first person in Poland to receive a face transplant, which leads to his status as a national hero and martyr. As a filmmaker, Szumowska isn’t afraid to take on unusual and challenging narratives which push boundaries and are designed to make the viewer think. Continue reading Review: The Other Lamb