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Charismata

UK 2017
produced by
Andy Collier, Sean Knopp, Tor Mian, Ross Scaife for Loose Canon Films, Hydra Films RKM
directed by Andy Collier, Tor Mian
starring Sarah Beck Mather, Jamie Satterthwaite, Andonis Anthony, Johnny Vivash, Ross Mullan, David J. Peel, Ethan Chapples, Nicole O'Neill, Anthony Taylor, Sean Knopp, Ryan Spong, Paul T. Horsfield, Louis Hilyer, Mark Knightley, Dean Roberts, Thomas Williamson, Jessica Jay, Arabella Burfitt-Dons, Clive Dancey, Jessica Preddy, Andy Collier, Dylan Rees, Gabriel Fleary, Alistair Green, Rose Wardle, James Watters, Louise Young, Tom Lincoln, Abigail Hamilton, Simon Rhodes, Dilyana Bouklieva, Lee Nicholas Harris, Jo Wheatley, Chris Martin Hill, Craig Summers, Jane Adetona
written by Andy Collier, Tor Mian, music by Chris Roe

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Police detective Rebecca (Sarah Beck Mather) isn't in the best of places these days, she's to investigate what turns out to be an especially gruesome serialkiller case but usually her body acts up when she sees the victims - much to the ridicule of her colleagues -, while at the same time she goes through a messy separation from her ex, and her partner at work, Eli (Andonis Anthony), is pretty much a pain in the buttocks. But all that said, Rebecca and Eli do make some progress in their investigation, tieing all threads to a real estate agency and its co-owner Michael Sweet (Jamie Satterthwaite), a slimy and arrogant prick if there ever was one. But since there's no concrete evidence against Sweet, Eli follows other leads - while Rebecca, in her spare time even, shadows Sweet. Problem is, she soon starts to see him everywhere, to a point where she's no longer sure if she's going mad or he is some sort of demon who has cursed her. And then another man involved in the case (Johnny Vivash) walks into the station, admits his guilt and then cuts his own throat. For Eli and colleagues, this is an ending good enough as any and they celebrate their success, but Rebecca is not so sure - especially since she continues to see Sweet everywhere, and what she sees is less and less pretty ...

 

Very nice little thriller that somehow manages to swap genres back and forth rather effortlessly, being in parts police procedural, seriallkiller movie, psycho horror, and ... well, that would be giving away too much. That this works is thanks to a rather cleverly written script that really knows how to piece the different genre elements together and at the same time deceive the audience in the best possible way, but also thanks to a compact directorial effort that gets pacing, atmosphere and suspense just right, and to a very competent cast.

Well worth a look!

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