WYVERN HILL (2021) Preview of British serial killer movie


Wyvern Hill is a 2021 British horror film about a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease whilst a serial killer roams the countryside.

Directed by Jonathan Zaurin – making his feature debut – from a screenplay written by Keith Temple, the stars Pat Garrett, Pete Bird, Ellie Jeffreys and Ben Manning (The Snarling).

A series of gruesome killings is shaking Herefordshire. Meanwhile, Beth, a mother in her sixties is showing signs of early Alzheimer’s disease. Worried, her daughter Jess and son-in-law Connor, try to find a way to help her. Together they purchase an old house on Wyvern Hill so that she can move in with them and be looked after.

However, her symptoms and a slow loss of reality render Beth unable to realize that something has moved in with her, observing her every move and preparing in the darkness of Wyvern Hill…

Director’s statement:

The film is a huge mix of influence, in fact, it’s quite funny because it’s not always conscious. Keith doesn’t have a particular history with horror but I have been a huge fan since I can remember and it was important to me that I injected as much of what I love into this film as possible.

The result is a weird mix of melodrama, heightened horror with ultra-violent bouts of gore and a very creepy unsettling atmosphere (and of course a touch of humour). What’s funny is that I edited an essay about Argento shortly after shooting Wyvern Hill for Arrow Video and all these influences just sort of got revealed to me by the essay. It’s not that I wasn’t aware of these influences, it’s just that I wasn’t aware to what extent they leaked into the film, from Argento to Bava (father and son) with a touch of Wes Craven, a lot of Carpenter and flashes of Tobe Hooper and a heavy influence from the 90s scene of music video and their elliptic edits.

Cast and characters:

Pat Garrett … Beth
Pete Bird … Connor
Ellie Jeffreys … Jess
Ben Manning … Morris
Ayvianna Snow … Young Beth
Pablo Raybould … Frank
Keith Temple … Ken
Simon Blood DeVay … TV Presenter
Michael Coombes … Mr Punch
Nathan Cole … Victim 1
Emily Lane … Alison
Clova Perez-Corral … Sally
Rees Matthews … Victim 2
Lewis Booton … Alan
Alan Birch … Cab Driver

Technical details:

113 minutes (!)


Initial source: Screen Anarchy