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Expanded from a sharp 3-minute short, this horror mystery is packed with clever jolts and witty freak-out moments. Argentine filmmaker Muschietti creates such an oppressively intense atmosphere that we only barely notice how thin and underdeveloped the script is. But when we're not cringing from the eerie imagery, it's difficult not to see the contrivances and conveniences that fill the plot.

Orphans Victoria and Lilly (Charpentier and Nelisse) have survived in a woodland cabin for five years, and when they're discovered they are understandably animalistic. But their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) takes them in, fending off a custody battle with an aunt (Moffat) to raise his nieces with his rock-chick girlfriend Annabel (Chastain). Then Lucas is hospitalised after a strange nighttime incident, and Annabel is left alone in the house with these still-feral girls. Their strange behaviour makes Annabel suspect that they weren't alone in that cabin, and may have brought a jealous maternalistic ghost with them. So the consulting psychologist (Kash) starts to investigate the cabin's history.

Oddly, despite the fact that Chastain's personal odyssey is at the centre of the film, most of the narrative comes from the psychologist's procedural investigation into the identity of the woman the girls are calling "Mama". This involves implausible luck as he discovers ludicrously detailed records in dusty archives and then helpfully leaves his documents lying around so the right person can find them. Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau is needlessly marginalised in a corny plot turn early on. And it doesn't help that we never quite accept Chastain as a goth rocker, even though she gives it her best shot. 

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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Review


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Jack Brooks (Trevor Matthews) is a young plumber with a temper problem. He's had it ever since his childhood, when he witnessed a hairy monster devouring his family after an evening of music and campfires. He deeply regrets not stepping in to help his family, and the incident has left him with an unquenchable anger that he constantly struggles to control. To make matters worse, his frustration is fueled by an annoying girlfriend (Rachel Skarsten), a clueless shrink, and a dead-end plumbing job.

One night, however, everything changes after his college professor, Crowley (Robert Englund), asks Jack to fix some pipes in his formerly abandoned house. Jack agrees, but unknowingly releases an ancient evil while unscrewing something. After Jack goes home for the evening, the evil forces find their way inside Professor Crowley and take over his mind and body.

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