Lord of Tears – UK, 2013

Lord of Tears is a 2013 British-Scottish horror feature film directed by Lawrie Brewster (For We Are ManyAutomata; The Unkindness of Ravens) from a screenplay by Sarah Daly (Kids vs. Monsters).

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James (Euan Douglas) is an average school teacher that has been estranged from his mother for years and has only returned to her home to settle her estate after her death. This somewhat baffles his friend Allen (Jamie Scott Gordon), as his own father is undergoing a serious illness and is unlikely to recover.

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James discovers that he stands to inherit two houses from his mother: one small and average, the other a large mansion that he is urged to never again visit. Confused, James ignores her request and moves into the house in hopes of making sense of everything. He then finds evidence that he had a mental breakdown as a child, brought about by visions of a creature known as the “Owl Man” (David Schofield)…

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Reviews:

“It’s hands down one of the most haunting and unique movies of the year. It could’ve done with some trimming, especially during a couple of the end sequences, but that’s my only complaint – and it’s a small one. It’s a low-budget supernatural throwback that maintains an unshakable sense of unease throughout until it’s shocking (and appropriate) conclusion.” Patrick Cooper, Bloody Disgusting

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Lord of Tears is very compelling viewing, atmospheric with a great sense of loneliness, regret, sadness and horror, beautiful and at the same time chilling it stands out from the pack.” Daniel Simmonds, The Rotting Zombie

“The effect of the owl-headed man simply standing in the forest is the stuff of nightmares. The film dissects the meanings of the owl in various cultures and highlights just what makes the common forest creature so damn creepy.” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News

“Brewster maintains the tension throughout the slow-burn of the film’s first half and builds with small reveals of Owly intercut with other recurring elements of James’s nightmares. Tight sound and visual editing combine with the musical score, by Andy MacDonald and Craig Sutherland, to keep this going as the film rushes to its conclusion.” The Horror Hothouse

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Cast and characters:

  • David Schofield as the Owlman
  • Lexy Hulme as Eve Turner
  • Euan Douglas as James Findlay
  • Jamie Scott Gordon [Jamie Gordon] as Allen Milton
  • Alan Ireby as Solicitor
  • Neil Cooper as Michael Milton
  • Nancy Joy Page as Flora May Findlay
  • Graham Robertson as Henry Findlay
  • Jock Ferguson as Taxi Driver

Production and release:

Finance was partly raised via a Kickstarter online campaign.

The film was first shown on October 25, 2013, at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby, England, UK.

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