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As a Prelude to Fear

UK 2022
produced by
Steph Du Melo, Antony Meadley for MeloMedia Films
directed by Steph Du Melo
starring Francis Magee, Lara Lemon, Jamie Langlands, Lucy Drive, Roger Wyatt, Melissa Hollett, Kirsten Callaghan, Jacki Dacosta, Amy Sutton (= Amelia Armande), Ron McMillan, Nicola Boreham, Persia Williams, Ian Cumberland, Tom Clear, Owen Llewelyn, Kevin Farmer, Joseph Aspin, Catherine Meadley, Peter Rayfield, Peter Rayfield sr
written by Steph Du Melo, Roger Wyatt, music by Steph Du Melo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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All Eve (Lara Lemon) wanted was to get some special cello lessons from Giles Corcoran (Roger Wyatt), said to be the best cello teacher in the country - but on the way to his place she disappeared. It doesn't take long for her disappearance to land on the dest of DCS Barnbrook (Francis Magee) who investigated the disappearance of three cello hopefuls years ago and had pretty much linked everything to Corcoran - but ultimately had to let him go as while he had plenty of circumstantial evidence, he lacked both a motive and any actual proof. Back when he was grilled by the tabloids for not solving the case, so this time around he and his second-in-command DS Dobson (Lucy Drive) pussyfoot around the case, trying to make things stick before going to the press - much to the dismay of Jamie (Jamie Langlands), who, dissatisfied with the police's work takes up investigations of his own, without realizing he's into this way over his head until it's much too late. Eve in the meanwhile is kept in a basement where she's tortured and forced to play the cello, her only contact besides her abductor being the woman next door (Melissa Hollett), who's been a captive there for no less than 14 years. But Eve isn't one to give up easily, and she tries whatever it takes to get out - sometimes with horrible consequences ...


In a way, this is a throwback to serialkiller movies as they were quite popular in the 1990s, a cat-and-mouse game with all the suspense, violence and shocks in all the right places. And also, it's pretty much an actors' movie, and the ensemble pretty much is first rate throughout. But what makes this more than just another (however nicely done) genre pic is that its well-structured story is designed to take one astray, and has a shock ending at its tail end that one simply didn't see coming and that's very effective all the same. So in all, just really fine genre entertainment for sure.


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