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MicroReview: The Secret of Marrowbone (2017)



A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Review

Written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez (Writer: The Orphanage), The Secret of Marrowbone is an interesting film from the start. It's easy on first viewing to be fooled into thinking that you have the wrong genre in mind. It starts firmly in period drama. When it skews off, it's hard to pinpoint a feeling for it. It's still period, but something isn't right. By the start of the third act we're in full on horror film territory.

Sánchez winds a fine tale, both from a period drama, through the ramping of tension, to the horror climax. To give an accurate list of films that it is reminiscent of would be to spoil it, and that would be no fun. This one requires the viewer to go in clean. Lest to say, it is put together well, it's light on gore and isn't really scary per se, but it is very good.

The cast is nothing short of stunning, with George MacKay (Captain Fantastic), Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), Mia Goth (Suspiria 2018) and Charlie Heaton (The New Mutants) taking the weight of the film. It's a young cast, without perhaps swathes of experience, but fantastic nonetheless.

The film is both intriguing and damn watchable, with some twists that you won't see coming. It really is a must see for well acted, mature horror.




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