MUSE (2017) Reviews and overview

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Muse is a 2017 supernatural horror feature film written and directed by John Burr. The movie stars Riley Egan, Elle Evans, Kate Mansi and Lou Ferrigno Jr.

The plot is based on the Gaelic legend of the leannán sí – a type of fairy-demon that inspires an artist while violently protecting him.

Adam (Riley Egan) is a struggling young painter that lives in a dilapidated loft, who finds himself captivated by a mysterious young woman played by Evans. As they fall into a torrid love affair, his artwork flourishes — while the body count around him builds.

When he realises that his lover is the cause of the violence that has inspired his art, Adam must choose between his morality and his muse — a decision made more complicated by the involvement of his innocent next door neighbour Maria (Kate Mansi)…


“As simple splatter movies go, Muse is far from the worst – it’s actually pretty capable in terms of doing what it says on the tin and digging up a bit of relatively obscure folklore. It just never feels like it got beyond the vague idea of its monster to the point where it can do more than have her kill people who the audience mostly won’t miss every ten or fifteen minutes.” Jason Seaver

“A mixture of supernatural with a couple jump scares, Muse ended up being a really well done film. The storyline was great, and while I normally figure out a movie by the middle, there were twists towards the end that threw me off and had me second guessing myself, which had me loving this movie even more.” Nightmarish Conjurings

Main cast and characters:

  • Riley Egan … Adam
  • Elle Evans … Leannán Sí
  • Kate Mansi … Maria
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr. … Jason Block
  • Max Decker … Hector
  • Jennie Fahn … Valerie
  • Phil Abrams … Lance
  • Anthony Ray Parker … Tats
  • Mike Rad … Skinny
  • Dave Vescio … Donnie
  • Craig Gellis … Gus
  • Declan Joyce … Clement Rosenberg

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California

Film Facts:

This movie should not be confused with Jaume Balaguero’s 2017 film of the same name

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