THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY (2021) Reviews of serial killer flick

 

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The Girl Who Got Away is 2021 American horror film about a female serial killer who, years later, goes after the one victim who survived.

Written and directed by Michael Morrissey (Boy Wonder), the movie stars Audrey Grace Marshall (The Flight Attendant), Anni Krueger (Werewolves Within), Chukwudi Iwuji (John Wick: Chapter 2), Geoffrey Cantor (Daredevil), and Ned Van Zandt (The Blacklist).

Plot:

Massena, New York, 1998. A decade of terror comes to a close with the capture of Elizabeth Caulfield (Kaye Tuckerman), a serial killer who abducted and murdered the young girls she pretended were her own. All but one.

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Christina Bowden is living a lonely and unassuming existence until Caulfield escapes from prison. Under new investigation, the stories of Christina’s past begin to unravel. There’s good and evil in everyone, but as the lies are unearthed, Christina needs to choose a side before the darkness of her secrets swallows her whole…

Reviews:

“Less would definitely have been more in a film that ultimately squanders its potential to surprise and instead relies on cheesy shock tactics by way of an ending. Despite these failings, that early work is well worth watching and the film still has more going on overall than most similar genre fare. As long as you don’t invest too heavily in its early promise, you’ll find it a passable piece of entertainment.” Eye for Film

“What we are presented with left me wanting a bit more background as to the character’s motivations. We are given a small glimpse but the filmmaker allows the viewer to fill in some of the gaps […] Michael Morrissey does a fine job of crafting a mystery thriller that takes the audience along for an impressive ride. He adeptly crafts a complex character that keeps the viewer engaged till the end.” Fears Mag

” …excess of exposition helps confuse the truth so that we can’t be sure which woman is the real killer. Morrissey is definitely toying with us, but he has an endgame that generally seeks to culminate with respect for his audience. It might not be true every time, but most purposefully unexplained events are given enough external context to figure out yourself—if willing to go that extra mile.” The Film Stage

“The writing requires a bit more from Johnson than she is entirely capable of, leaving her floundering during the more emotional sequences – more bemused than distraught or horrified. The film remains sharply shot and compelling to the end but squanders the goodwill built up during that opening half. Morrissey and Johnson give it their all (or most), but ultimately fail to hold on to what they had.” Starburst

Release date:

The Girl Who Got Away will be released by Quiver theatrically and On-Demand platforms on August 20th.

Cast and characters:

Kaye Tuckerman … Elizabeth Caulfield
Anni Krueger … Amy Bailey
Audrey Grace Marshall … Young Katie
Lexi Johnson … Christina Bowden
Geoffrey Cantor … Terry Caldwell
Chukwudi Iwuji … Jamie Nwosu
Cade Tropeano … Tommy Tulane
Debra Lord Cooke … Arlene Bailey
Amanda Quaid … Linda Fields
Eddie Beveridge … Charlie Larson
Amy Russ … Carrie
Ned Van Zandt … Gerry Bailey
Deborah Unger … Jean Connolly
Jacob Dylan Igielski … Joey Reese (as Jacob Igielski)
Andreas Pliatsikas … Police Officer
Teresa Catherine … Kelly
Aubin Bradley … Tracey Fields
Abby C. Smith … Casey Bell
Willow McCarthy … Lisa Spencer
Andrew Hsu … Andrew Stewart
Andie Stanek … Renee Zwiller
Robert Michael Johnson … Matt Cohen
Christine Verleny … Carol Quinn
Michael Stephen Walls … Police Officer (as Michael S. Walls)
Aubrey Hickerson … Younger Child Katie
Kyle Mitchell … EMT

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