If you dig a good mystery, you may want to check out DREAD’s new Lovecraftian horror film, Sacrifice. It was written and directed by Andy Collier and Tor Mian (read our interview with them – HERE). It stars Barbara Crampton (check out our recent interview with her – HERE), Ludovic Hughes, Sophie Stevens, Dag Sorlie, Erik Iundin, Jack Kristiansen, Johanna Adde Dahl, and Lukas Loughran. The film was inspired by the Paul Kane short story ‘Men of The Cloth’ and was produced by Andy Collier, Ross Scaife, Sean Knopp, and Tor Mian.
Synopsis for Sacrifice
New Yorker Isaac and his pregnant wife return to a remote Norwegian village of his birth to claim an unexpected inheritance. Here they find themselves caught in a nightmare as an ancient evil awakens to claim a birthright of its own.
I typically enjoy cult films because you never know quite what to expect. Sacrifice was much like The Wicker Man, in the sense that you know these people have ulterior motives to bringing Issac back home. But what are they, and why are they acting so bizarre? There are definitely some twists and turns along the way that I didn’t see coming to that helped layer on the mystery and suspense.
Ludovic Hughes and Sophie Stevens were great and played their characters well. I applaud Sophie’s character in putting up with as much shit and chaos and she did especially while pregnant. She should win an award for that alone. However, it comes as no surprise that Barbara Crampton was the star of the show. She always slays at playing an unncany character with ominious behaviors. She was the glue that held this Sacrifice together.
Although I thought the story was interesting, the slow burn buildup didn’t work and it dragged on too much for my liking. It seemed like the viewer was desperately waiting for answers with little to no action and drama, just weird looks and odd behaviors that never lead to much until the end. When we finally get to the end, it felt rushed and messy. I wish we could have seen more of that excitement and intensity that played out at the end throughout the whole film.
Sacrifice delivered great performances but lacked in story development. I still recommend giving it a shot, though. The film hit Select Theaters on February 5 and On Demand on February 9 but will also hit Blu-ray on February 23. Let us know what you think!