By 9th March 2015Uncategorised

Poorly received out there, it seems, but I thought this was a fine interpretation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel – a dark, tragic and enthralling story of a mentally ill man, cast out from a rural community in Tennessee. Like the novel, the film evokes horror as much as pity in a powerful rendering of psychosis, and an unflinching descent into a feral and savage state, which is depicted as both childlike and monstrous. Scott Haze is terrific as Lester Ballard (I see he’s also playing Charles Manson in the forthcoming ZEROVILLE). There’s a great soundtrack too, by the Hell for Certain String Band, and a couple of unforgettable scenes that made me whoop. Take out Texas and the power tools, but you do still have a distant cousin of the Tobe Hooper classic here.

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