POOR AGNES (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘I never feel sorry for the people I hurt. Because I always hurt the right people.’

Poor Agnes is a 2017 Canadian horror thriller directed by Navin Ramaswaran (Late Night Double Feature; short: One More for the Road) from a screenplay by J. Gordon Ross. The film stars stars Lora Burke, Will Conlon, and Robert Notman.

A serial killer and her next victim form an unexpected relationship…


“Keenly observational and darkly erotic, Poor Agnes is a complex tale full of telling details. Its themes of loneliness and doomed love turn cinematic logic against itself, and in exploring the monstrous it is more than normally humane.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“This movie is fcked up, totally, totally fcked up. But if you have the stomach for it, the writing is exceptionally good for this genre of film. Lora Burke, as Agnes, is perfectly cast.” Assholes Watching Movies

“Highly recommended but the material will be intense. Don’t expect the subject to be lightweight. The movie never takes it easy on the audience, which means we’re victims of a bit of the Stockholm syndrome as well. Unexpected turns and surprises mean that we don’t get to feel safe. Then again, it’s more fun that way.” Never Think Impossible

“I predict that if you liked Dexter, you’re going to like writer J. Gordon Ross and director Navin Ramaswaran’s Poor Agnes.” Shawn Loeffler, Yell! Magazine

Poor Agnes is a small masterpiece with big ideas. The horror is built on a foundation of familiarity. We know people like the public face of Agnes, and now we’re destined to look at them sideways from this point forward. Lora Burke is a fearsome force of nature, and, Poor Agnes is destined to become a much-talked-about work of aggressively disturbing filmmaking. ” Ain’t It Cool News

“Dark, bleak, tense and creepily erotic, Poor Agnes is a near-perfect example of genre film that is let down only by the boogeyman-esque ending that belies the all-too-real story that has come before. Featuring stunning central performances from Lora Burke as the insane Agnes and Robert Notman as Mike, this is one serial killer film that should be held in the same regard as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, American Psycho and, yes, Hitchcock’s Psycho” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

“Lora Burke as Agnes is the Christian Bale American Psycho of this film generation! There wasn’t too much to dislike with the film even with a predictable ending. Burke is so devilish charming in the film that you can’t turn away. Poor Agnes is a film to keep an eye out for and sparks loads of psychological conversation that has been missing in horror for a few years.” Travis Brown, Horror Movies Uncut

Poor Agnes is, without a doubt, the best movie I’ve seen all year. It’s the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time. Lora Burke was phenomenal and the story was interesting and never felt confusing or nonsensical.” Matt Stumpf, Pop Horror

Main cast:

  • Lora Burke … Agnes
  • Robert Notman … Mike
  • Will Conlon … Chris
  • Rodney Dwira … Father
  • Amy Marie Wallace … Torture Survivor
  • Karen Scobie … Crying Torture Survivor
  • Stan Alto … Orderly
  • Neil Paterson … Police Officer
  • Philip Contardo … Police Officer
  • Dennis Austin … Pawn Broker
  • Kate Alice Phillips … Courtney the Cashier

Filming locations:

Shot on 4K digital in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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