Friday, 19 April 2013
Family Secret (2009).
Family Secret is an incredible mix of the slasher and giallo sub genres that makes one hell of an interesting mix in this movie filled with suspense and murder.
Geno's grandmother has died, but instead of mourning, he remembers what a horrible woman she was. He is reunited with his family after her death, but he soon discovers there is something terribly wrong. What appears to be his dead grandmother is going around with a meat cleaver butchering family members. Will Geno uncover what his family has been hiding for years?
This movie is incredibly well written, and the mystery element really does keep you guessing right up to the final reveal. I was impressed with just how well handled the whole movie was. It goes to show that no matter how much people belittle indie horror, there are always some amazing movies out there!
Admittedly, the dialogue at the start came across as a little awkward, but it certainly improved as the movie went on with the characters interactions sounding more fluid and natural.. This is a movie that draws you in and grips you, shaking you violently throughout with shocks aplenty, making the mystery deeper and the body count higher. I must mention the old hag mask the killer wears!! It's as creepy as hell!
The tension builds steadily throughout the movie, and although there is blood and gore, it isn't there to the point of being excessive. This certainly has the feel of a movie from the seventies, relying on tension and suspense as well as gore and in my opinion is all the better for it. Creating suspense, mystery and bringing together a lot of despicable characters to meet their grisly demises definitely works in the movies favor.
Make sure you give Family Secret a look. It is a gripping mystery wrapped around the body of a slasher movie and is incredibly effective in every way you can imagine. Go get it!