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The Unraveling (2015)

So it looks good, but does it deliver?

The Unraveling


Michael's heroin addiction is beginning to test his limits, but when he is kidnapped and taken into the woods, he soon discovers just how far those limits will go.


It would be remiss to say too much about the film. It's one of those films that doesn't deserve to be spoiled. Michael is an addict doing all the things addicts do, he steals, he takes drugs. He is a sorry soul. But he is a sorry soul that you want to back. Played amiably by Zack Gold, Michael is both the protagonist and the antagonist. Gold does a great job of making you root for him, all the while hating him.

The film itself is a taut thriller, laced with horror, and a good twist. Set completely within the forest wilderness, the isolation plays well to the themes. The loneliness. The desolation.

And the film has a great production value. Both cinematographer and director (Milton Santiago and Thomas Jakobsen respectfully) do an outstanding job. It's a creepy experience and one worth watching.

Zack Gold

The cast is great, with Gold, Jason Tobias, Bennett Viso, Bob Turton, et al, all doing a realistic job as the main cast, there is little to dislike. It's genuinely creepy. It leaves a taste in the mouth. It's unusual, and new, and I didn't see it coming.

I wish I hadn't guessed the twist before it's unveiling, but alas, an old horror hound like me saw it coming - but it takes nothing from the watch.

In fact, this is one of the best produced indie films I've the pleasure to screen.


Available on DVD from today - or tomorrow, depending on how you look at it, The Unraveling is nothing short of a great horror/thriller, and will leave you without wanting.

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