AIYAI: WRATHFUL SOUL (2020) Reviews of Australian supernatural horror

 

‘Once you see them, nothing can save you’

Aiyai: Wrathful Soul is a 2020 Australian horror film about a visiting Indian student who encounters the vengeful spirit of a homeless woman. Also known as Wrath of Souls

Directed by Ilanthirayan Arumugam – making his feature debut – from a screenplay co-written with Charles Benedict and Mukund Ramanan. The movie stars Kabir Singh, Tahlia Jade Holt, Korey Williams and Ozzie Devrish.

Plot:

A young man, Kiran, becomes plagued by mysterious tragedies around him. While these events perplex the police and investigators, Kiran’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic with each tragedy – he experiences visions of events he is unable to understand or explain. Little does he realise that he is the conduit for an unknown spirit that lures victims to their chilling fates. Why was he chosen, or is there a reason at all? Is he able to free himself?

Reviews:

Aiyai: Wrathful Soul is a gorgeous-looking film in search of a better script. It certainly has some effective moments, and some very silly ones, but doesn’t quite hang together. Still, fans of low budget Aussie horror will probably find something to love in this awkward, occasionally endearing, tale of ashy revenge from beyond the grave.” Film Ink

Aiyai: Wrathful Soul is an ambitious entry into Australian horror from Ilanthirayan Alan Arumugam that could have used more of a focus on its ghostly shenanigans, and less on the crime drama. Instead, it hovers uncertainly in limbo between the two.” Switch.

“It’s an enjoyable and very well staged, if fairly familiar story. Despite the filmmakers saying they wanted to avoid the genre’s clichés, it makes use of several […] My other complaint with Aiyai: Wrathful Soul is that it really doesn’t do much with its titular demon […] The Aiyai itself does, however, look creepy when we see it.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

Aiyai: Wrathful Soul was released in Singapore, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Oman on February 28th 2020. The film will be released theatrically this April 2021 in the Asian subcontinent, followed by the UK, USA and Europe on digital platforms in Easter.

Cast and characters:

Kabir Singh … Kiran
Tahlia Jade Holt … Sara Martin
Korey Williams … Steve Lewis
Ozzie Devrish … Tom
Richard Huggett … Albert Fisher
Pennyanne Lace … Amy
Craig Ingham … Michael
Wayne Bassett … Sammy Green
Asabi Goodman … Policewoman
Anthony Miller … Police Officer #1
Salvatore Merenda … Dave
Vinod Mohana Sundaram … Felix
Marco Sinigaglia … Willy
Pearl Grantham … Restaurant customer
Rhiannon Watson … Young lady

Filming locations:

Brisbane and Dalby, Queensland

Notes:

Ignore the obviously fake super positive ‘user’ reviews posted on IMDb one of which is even written by a member of this film’s cast, Ozzie Devrish!

Trailer: