Brackenmore is a 2016 British mystery horror feature film about a young woman that inherits her deceased uncle’s land and the local legends.
Directed by Chris Kemble (Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1) and J.P. Davidson from a screenplay written by the former, based on a story by Brian Teles, the Caragh Lake Films production stars Sophie Hopkins, Joe Kennard and Margaret O’Sullivan.
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 realise that the eccentricities of its self-protective residents, suspicious of any newcomers, could be more ominous than she first thought…
” …its pace is slow and it really takes the time to build up its story. And nothing wrong with such an approach, if done effectively. Problem with this movie is that it gives you far too little. The mystery is never made interesting enough and the suspense feels lacking.” Boba_Fett1138
“Brackenmore demands to be taken seriously but does not operate on a serious level. It is at best, a very promising “student film.” Every filmmaker has to start somewhere. It is the uneasy beginning of Kemble’s career and from every failure, one must draw lessons.” Cryptic Rock
“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.” Dark Eyes of London
“The sleepy narrative is slow to build but perfectly punctuated by a couple of horrific moments that you will remember long after the movie has ended. The thriller’s action is kept grounded with fine practical effects, making what happens in Brackenmore more believable. It’s one of the tighter indie horror films of the last several years, a taut narrative sculpted to perfection without any superfluous scenes.” DoBlu
” …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.” Geek Chic Lite
“Besides the atmospheric build-up, halfway through Brackenmore takes an unexpected, but most welcomed, violent turn that increases the strong impact of the movie. Unfortunately, however, said sudden switch of tone is not followed by a consistent pace, making the movie as a whole quite uneven.” Horror World & Reviews
” …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
“I wanted a few tidbits about the banshee and some about Tom’s role then I may have finished with a little more enthusiasm. I must point out though, that Sophie Hopkin’s performance as Kate in this, was amazing. Armed with that little bit of mythology though, it’s quite the layered story.” Mother of Movies
“It’s fast-paced, straightforward, and sets up the story nicely. However, once Kate arrives in Brakenmore, the story (written by Chris Kemble and Brian Teles) starts to slowly fall apart. For instance, various details – including symbols – are emphasized yet they never actually hold any true meaning, ultimately serving no purpose or benefit to the material.” Wylie Writes
Cast and characters:
Sophie Hopkins … Kate
Joe Kennard … Allyn
Margaret O’Sullivan … Irene
Elaine Kennedy … Caroline Duffy
D.J. McGrath … Tom
Bertie Brosnan … John Duffy
Helena O’Connor … Banshee
Kieran Baker … Steven
Working titles for the film were Banshee: Beyond the Lake; The Devil Knows You’re Here and We Do What We Must.