Livid – France, 2011 – reviews

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Livid – original title: Livide – is a 2011 French supernatural horror film written and directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Among the Living; Leatherface). It is their follow-up to Inside.

Main cast:

Catherine Jacob, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Chloe Coulloud, Chloe Marcq

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Plot:

Within a vast, desolate and slowly decaying mansion an ageing woman lies in a coma, kept alive by a life support machine. Assigned to look after her, a young care worker named Lucy discovers that the old woman is Madam Jessel, previously a ballet teacher of some repute and rumoured to have hidden great riches inside the house.

Determined to find the treasure, Lucy and two of her friends break in at night and uncover a darker secret that will throw them into a deadly labyrinth of hell…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

Livid is a stunner of a second film. Following Inside – what’s probably the most striking contemporary horror debut – Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have begun to carve their niche, proving their adeptness at switching tone and subgenre while crafting recognizable and intriguing style and thematic obsessions all their own. Thankfully, that style elevates an admittedly thin story and lack of cohesion into a surreal, lyrical and moving nightmare.” Samuel Zimmerman, Fangoria

Livid homages so many different kinds of movies – from those of Guillermo del Toro to J-Horror to haunted house movies to vampire films to Universal Monsters to even a reference to the directors’ own unmade Hellraiser remake as well as Inside – that it never creates an identity all its own. These pieces don’t fit together, and so by the time the film gets to its ending, which is weird and conceptually brave, it’s impossible to give a shit.” Devin Faraci, Badass Digest

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” …it’s comforting to see a different sort of horror trope used this time around – one whose roots lie less with Eli Roth or Rob Zombie than with the likes of Dario Argento and Guillermo Del Toro. That said, and despite some moments of chilling beauty, Livid is a somewhat benign enterprise, and never builds enough momentum to keep viewers interested, let alone terrified.” Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“ …Livid throws elements of a half-dozen horror subgenres at the wall to see what sticks, tossing in slashers, flesh-eaters, eye-stitching freaks, butterflies emerging from human mouths, a floating ghost-cum-angel, and Beatrice Dalle as Lucie’s mom. Exactly how all these terrors fit together isn’t clear, and the writer-directors don’t establish enough of a camp vibe to signal that the pic ought to be taken that way.” Rob Nelson, Variety

Cast and characters:

Filming locations:

Loocronan, Port du Rosmeur, and Quimper, Finistère, France
Paris, France

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