FLEE THE LIGHT (2021) Reviews and overview of folk horror

  

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‘It hunts in the light’

Flee the Light is a 2021 Canadian horror film about a ​psychology student’s attempts to cure her sister’s crippling psychosis. Unfortunately, this exposes them both to an ancient creature that wants their souls.

Directed by Alexandra Senza – making her feature debut – from a screenplay written by Jennifer Mancini. Produced by John Griffith, Lieann Koivukoski and Jennifer Mancini.

The Mythic Trips Entertainment production stars Annie Tuma, Ariana Marquis, Jamar Adams Thompson, Jane Siberry and Caroline Raynaud.

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Reviews:

” …while at times uneven, both Tuma and Marquis are adequate to the task, but many of the supporting performances let them down. Canadian musician Jane Siberry is likely the worst offender for this […] Still, while Flee the Light is far from perfect, there’s a lot to admire in it, not the least of which is its scrappy spirit and some interesting takes on folk-horror tropes.” Awesome Friday

“It relies on the ambience of Northern Ontario, creating dark, moody, atmospheric scenes, which benefit from a score and sound design created by local talent – Ben Leggett and Danny Colomby […] The performances from the two leads also help with drawing you in – the actor playing Delfi has a pretty challenging part and she definitely rises to the occasion.” Grimoire of Horror

“The excellent central performances, an understated look, casual acceptance of new agey mysticism (the curse is also a pathway to wisdom) and an unusual off-kilter feel (it makes a meet cute with a possible love interest somehow unnerving) are helpful, but it might well end up blending in with a recent glut of witchy/folk horror/madwoman movies.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“A nice piece of esoteric horror, and a film that doesn’t live too much on spectacle but relies more on atmosphere and a feeling of mystery – and to great effect, too, as the film has its genuinely scary bits while successfully dragging the audience into its story that only gradually deciphers itself.” Search My Trash

Flee the Light succeeds where other witchy folk horror films like Hellbender failed by engaging the viewer from the start. Too many films seem to think they can get away with some bland dialogue or somebody wandering around and acting spooky. There may not be much in the way of elaborate effects, but there are things happening to draw the viewer in. The film gets a huge boost from both of the leads who deliver excellent performances.” Voices from the Balcony

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Flee the Light will be available via Breaking Glass Pictures on VOD platforms in the USA and through local cable and satellite providers on February 15th 2022.

Cast and characters:

Annie Tuma … Andra
Ariana Marquis … Delfi
Jamar Adams Thompson … Sid
Jane Siberry … Kata
Caroline Raynaud … Nancy
Darren W. Marynuk … Party Guest
Rachel Noel-Gard … Party Guest
Leanne Ofori-Atta’ … Jill
Karson Mackie … Smug Guy

Trailer 1:

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