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Surrogate

Australia 2022
produced by
David Willing, Vikki Blinks, Konfir Kabo (executive), Kestie Morassi (executive), Shaun Miller (executive) for Black Spade Productions, King Chester Productions
directed by David Willing
starring Kestie Morassi, Jane Badler, Taysha Farrugia, Louise Siversen, Darcy Kent, Ellie Tevelis, Kate Cole, Matthew Crosby, Ellie Stewart, Brett Cousins, Jennifer Vuletic, Olivia Solomons, Nicholas Jaquinot, Sophie Cheeseman, Adam La Rosa, Scott Jackson, Roy Barker, Anthony John Lynch, Arlo Cimino, Cait Spiker
written by Beth King, David Willing, music by Mark Buys, special makeup effects by Renee Schulz

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On her way home from work, Natalie (Kestie Morassi) stumbles upon a dying woman (Jennifer Vuletic) and tries to save her - without much luck, as the woman has actually poisoned herself. A few days later, Natalie herself suffers some severe symptoms, and once in hospital, she's told she has given birth. Thing is, neither is there a baby, nor has Natalie been pregnant, nor could she have been, not having had sex in over a year. And even if all her colleagues vouch that she really hasn't been pregnant, this smells (understandably) fishy to child services officer Lauren (Jane Badler), who soon sticks her head into Natalie's affairs and investigates her relationship to her (acutal) daughter Rose (Taysha Farrugia), which both mother and daughter insist couldn't be better - but why then all the bruises on Rose's body? Rose insists they're the work of the girl that sometimes sneaks into her room at night to pinch her - but there's the next conundrum, there's no other girl in the house. Then one day it seems Rose is pushed down the stairs by invisible hands - she survives with only minor injuries -, upon which Natalie turns to a child medium (Ellie Stewart) and her father (Matthew Crosby) ... who after a séance leave Natalie's house in terror. Natalie and Rose move in with Natalie's mother (Louise Siversen), fearing their house is haunted, but they've brought whatever-it-is with them, and eventually, Natalie has to realize the spirit or demon or whatever isn't really after Rose, but after herself, and it might have to do with the woman whom Natalie tried to save at the beginning of the film, and with a very terrible crime ...

 

A very nice and properly atmospheric ghost story that certainly keeps one guessing throughout to amount to a very unexpected ending, and that while being narratively sound and soundly structured, doesn't try to over-explain things or properly label every scare - which really works in favour of storytelling here.  And Kestie Morassi sure gives a powerful performance here carrying the movie, while being surrounded by a very able cast. And all of this amounts to a pretty cool genre piece, with all the suspense, the creepiness and the jump scares in all the right places.

 

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