The Marshes (2018) reviews and overview

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[Total: 3   Average: 2.3/5]

‘When science ends survival begins.’

The Marshes is a 2018 Australian horror feature film about three young biologists conducting research when they encounter evil.

Written and directed by Roger Scott, the movie stars Dafna Kronental, Sam Delich and Mathew Cooper.

Plot:

In the middle of nowhere is a labyrinthine marshland teetering on the verge of extinction. Doctor Pria Anan is committed to saving it, using diligence and reason to fight the forces that threaten its existence.

With the assistance of rival Ben and assistant Will, Pria is certain she is in control. But soon fear manifests in the form of an evil, forcing the team to abandon their efforts to save the marsh and focus on saving themselves…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“While some of the story elements cannibalize each other, the romance doesn’t serve too much purpose (though to be honest, the scenes of intimacy are excellently directed in near dark) and the third acts adds confusion […] The Marshes hits just the spot.” But Why Tho?

“These wetlands are a perfect place for characters to become disoriented and lost, and the haunting dream sequences are effective rather than being mere tropes; however, some time-lapse visuals of biological entities remain puzzling regarding their intent.” Diabolique

“The use of “Waltzing Matilda” is clever and effective, but the film itself is dark, brutal, and off-putting. Like clockwork, it offers up a totally clichéd ending that is a real downer. It is only eighty-five minutes, but it leaves you wondering why Scott went to all that effort take us to that place.” J.B. Spins

“The location was a gem and was by far the best part of this. Despite the blurry moments, I did also think the directing was pretty good. The plot was what really let this down though, leaving up the interpretation to the viewer is good when it works, but here with the fuzzy logic going on it feels like viewers and creators alike had no idea what was happening…” The Rotting Zombie

” …all the tropes are given equal play and there’s no clear directorial through-line then the audience is just forced to pick apart an hour and a half of a lot of ill-formed ideas.  Make no mistake, the Marshes looks great and the acting is really splendid, but eventually, the film loses its compass and gets lost in its own swampy backwaters. ” The Scariest Things

“Audiences will be challenged at times to go with the film’s divergent path into the slightly surreal. Some narrative ‘dog legs’ recall the occasionally head-scratching developments in the TV hit Lost, yet the cut-and-slice thrills of classic Friday the 13th/Texas Chainsaw Massacre-type entertainment remain ever-present throughout the pic’s second-half.” Screen-Space

Release:

Streaming on Shudder (US, Canada, UK and Ireland) from January 9th 2020.

In the US, RLJE Films release the movie on VOD, DIgital, DVD and Blu-ray on June 16th 2020.

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