Director – Thomas Robert Lee (Empyrean)
Starring – Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw, X-Men: Dark Phoenix), Jared Abrahamson (Fear the Walking Dead, Letterkenny), and Catherine Walker (A Dark Song, Dark Touch)
Release Date – 2020
Rating – 3/5
Halloween may be behind us but some indie horror movies are still finding life on store shelves through November. A few days back I received a package from Epic Pictures Group. I was not expecting anything from them so I was very curious about what was sent over from them. Once I dug into the package I was greeted with wild sage, a tarot card, and a copy of The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw on blu. This was the first time I had heard of this film but it had my attention once I saw it was centered around a religious community and a family suspected of witches. Thank you Epic Pictures for sending this one over!
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows Agatha and her daughter Audrey who live alone and to themselves. Their local community is very devout and is suffering while they seem to be prospering. This draw suspicion from the locals and when others start dying they become the suspected of witchcraft and consorting with the devil. **Spoiler Alert**
I didn’t know what to expect from The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw and I was really impressed by it. I absolutely loved that it was a period piece. Fans of The VVitch and Gwen will really appreciate the look and tone of the film.
The acting in this one is very well done. The cast is experienced and does a fantastic job in their roles. I really enjoyed the characters and the cast went above and beyond to make them believable and well grounded. The story for this one is a bit chaotic and difficult to follow. However, Lee was able to pull it together nicely in the last quarter of the film. It wraps up nicely and helps with any questions you may have had during the earlier scenes. We don’t get nearly enough witch films that are period pieces so this was a very welcomed addition my movie viewing. A great deal went into the detail of the scenes and the sets which did affect the story in some places.
Finally, the film has a few bloody moments but there is nothing extremely graphic here. The few death scenes we get are fun and the effects work well for the gag. Overall, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is not for everyone. It is a bit of a slow burner but those looking for great character development and imagery will really enjoy this one. Check it out.