BRACKENMORE (2016) Reviews and overview


Brackenmore is a 2016 Irish horror film directed by Chris Kemble (Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1; short: 6 Seconds) and J.P. Davidson (The Cull) from a screenplay by Kemble, based on a story by Brian Teles. The Up Stream Films production stars Sophie Hopkins, Joe Kennard and D.J. McGrath.

The close-knit community of Brackenmore is harboring a secret. After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, Kate (Sophie Hopkins) is forced to return to her ancestral home, a tiny rural village in the South of Ireland.

Soon after her arrival she meets Tom (D.J. McGrath), a mysterious young local who helps her to rediscover her long-neglected roots and forget about the anxieties of her life in London.

The longer Kate stays in Brackenmore, the more she begins to realize that the eccentricities of its self-protective residents, suspicious of any newcomers, may be more ominous than she first thought…


” …a solid film, made by people with a clear goal in mind. That in itself is a success as too many movies get completely lost and never really find their way back to the correct path. While Brackenmore was neither overly bloody nor violent, it did have some good suspense and a nice creepy atmosphere that helped make it an interesting tale, right to the end.” Jeff Fountain, Geek Chic Lite

“Its unsalvageable script aside, Brackenmore shines in certain areas. Justin MacCarthy and Rupert MacCarthy-Morrogh bring life to the film with beautiful cinematography;  some very creative angles and composed shots make Brackenmore aesthetically fantastic.” Nick Ferwerda, Wylie Writes

” …there isn’t enough in this movie too hate it, but it truly is a far from perfect and recommendable movie as well. Maybe only recommendable if you are in the mood for something different and original, horror-wise. Just don’t expect a fast paced movie, with tons of scares or any good blood and gore.” Frank Veenstra, Boba_Fett1138


“Sophie Hopkins, an accomplished actor, seems rather uncertain in the role of adult Katy, and DJ McGrath as Tom fares little better. It’s a pity, as with more convincing leads and a better script this may have gripped. But it’s lovely to look at, and doesn’t outstay its welcome at just over an hour – it just doesn’t offer anything new or inventive.” David Dent, Dark Eyes of London

” …there are huge unexplained plot devices and many, many brooding characters. It’s a bit derivative of The Wicker Man (the good one!) but, had the plot progressed into something intelligible, that could have been forgiven, instead, the resolution seems to be almost cobbled together for the sake of getting it done and dusted.” Ilarian-2, IMDb

Main cast:

  • Sophie Hopkins
  • Joe Kennard
  • D.J. McGrath
  • Elaine Kennedy
  • Margaret O’Sullivan
  • Bertie Brosnan
  • Kieran Baker
  • Helena O’Connor

Fun Facts:

Working titles for the film were Banshee: Beyond the LakeThe Devil Knows You’re Here and We Do What We Must.


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