‘/ Heks / 1. Cast a spell on; bewitch’
Hex is a 2018 Canadian-American supernatural horror feature film directed by Rudolf Buitendach (Selling Isobel) from a screenplay co-written with Christian Piers Betley. The movie stars Ross McCall, Jenny Boyd and Kelly Blatz.
Ben (Kelly Blatz) and Amber (Jenny Boyd) meet up in the idyllic heart of tourist Cambodia. They are immediately physically attracted, but what do they really know about one another?
“The characters are believable and the performances adequate, the whole thing working well enough as a once-only view on download without being anything truly memorable. The result is an efficient horror that succeeds in item modest aims but has little to say beyond satisfying its (white? male?) audience as an efficient yet vacuous exercise in generic horror.” Dirty Movies
“The dialogue is enjoyable and at times, funny. The humor sprinkled here and there breaks up the otherwise tense plot. While I wouldn’t call the film ‘scary,’ it is unsettling and can be disturbing. Its subtle scares place the viewers in Ben’s shoes, “Did I really see that? What is going on?” The unacknowledged subtext behind some of the thrills in Hex bring to light very real questions – how weird would things have to get before we admit that something is terribly wrong?” Horror Buzz
“Hex inadvertently promises a bit more than it provides, especially because of a plot that lets the viewers fill in the blanks with conjectures and theories that can make the end result weaker in comparison. Still, Hex is a well-made horror film in every other aspect and will please fans of the genre who are looking for something modest to get their teeth into.” OC Movie Reviews
“Following in the footsteps of folk horrors like The Wicker Man, Kill List, and Spring, Buitendach has created a film that is confidently strange and uncanny, without ever being forced […] What could have very easily been another fish-out-of-water horror film, is actually at pains to develop an unusual relationship at the core of the film, namely the interdependence of Amber and Ben…” Raindance
Cast and characters:
- Ross McCall … Isaac
- Jenny Boyd … Amber Kelly
- Kelly Blatz … Ben Trepanier
- Adrian Hough … Nicolai
- Philip Philmar … De Rais
- Sarita Reth … Lillie
- Sveng Socheata … Mae
- Dara Phang … Peasant
- Steve Bakken … Daniel Trepanier
- Sisowath Siriwudd … Chhor Eal
- Estefania Villaespesa … Alma
- Sona Seng … Issac’s Girlfriend
- Vandy Piseth … Charlie
- Vicheka Tit … Karaoke Musician
- Srey Sor Pheap … Daniel’s Girlfriend
Running time: 85 minutes
Hex had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on 27 September 2018.
This film should not be confused with the 2017 British folk horror movie of the same name.