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Director: Joram Lursen.
Writers: J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) and Frank Ketelaar.
Cast: Sarah Chronis, Tygo Gernandt, Marwan Kenzari.
Dutch director Joram Lursen (primarily known for romantic comedies and Dutch television shows) enters into thriller territory with Reckless(Bloedlink), his version of 2009's The Disappearance of Alice Creed. While this viewer has not seen the original, there's a general consensus that this remake does not stray far from the first and, according to some critics, even surpasses it. In Lursen's film, Laura Temming, the daughter of a wealthy real estate mogul, is kidnapped by two masked men and held for ransom. Over a period of roughly two days, we observe the three characters in close quarters and discover that there's much more going on than anticipated. Reckless not only delivers an intriguing plot with phenomenal acting, but also surprises with an intimacy that creates a heightened sense of tension and anxiety, providing an interesting glimpse into the three characters and their motivations.
Laura Temming is kidnapped in broad daylight by two masked assailants, then taken to a soundproof apartment where she is stripped naked and tied to a bed.
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Director: Chad Archibald.
Writers: Jayme Laforest, Chad Archibald.
Cast: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Jordan Gray, Denise Yuen.
Director Chad Archibald (The Drownsman) is guaranteed to make your skin crawl in his icky entertaining horror film, Bite! What begins as a seemingly banal scenario with stereotypical females on a bachelorette party vacation, turns out to be a gripping grim tale of transformation, betrayal and revenge. Archibald is clever in setting his audience up with a potential snore fest, then creeping in to deliver a strong story with good characters and a healthy dose of gooey gore. Somewhat reminiscent of Cronenberg's The Fly(1986), though revolving around infection not experiment, this film belongs inside the category of “body horror.” That said, it nearly crosses over into a creature-feature, and dips its feet into the realm of horror comedy. Whatever you want to call it, Bite serves up an incredibly enjoyable horrifying experience that is sure to infest your mind for quite some time.