Spoilers are seeing a pattern lately.
Okey, I have to admit I’m still in a bit of a horror movie trend. I haven’t gotten my fill just yet. Although a few gems where found, I’m still short one real iconic scary movie. This one actually can be scary but it’s also a subversion genre. We’re going definitely into the dreaded WTF territory, where the explanation is last and the shock takes center stage. If you’re looking for crazy visuals, you’re in for a treat. Let’s get into it.
A Wounded Fawn (2022) is directed by Travis Stevens who wrote the screenplay with Nathan Faudree. Bruce (Josh Ruben) seems to be a handsome and cultured art broker. However how he has managed to score a rather valuable antiquity is questionable to say the least. He hides his true nature from Meredith (Sarah Lind) which he has invited to spend the weekend in his isolated cabin. His true motives are dark, but his motivation is visually horrifying once we get to see it materialize.
You probably think you know what’s going to happen next, but instead of a slow burn we get immediate confrontation as Bruce’s misogynistic and violent nature comes out. Actually he has exhibits so many red flags early on that it feels Meredith’s reaction is late. Soon enough we discover that the bloody outcome is not exactly going to turn out how we expected. This is where the WTF factor is turned to 11 as Bruce’s psyche seems to spill out onto the screen in horrific hallucinations. The world building steps up a notch as the movie crafts its own lore of horror, whether it’s brutal karma or supernatural revenge we can only guess.
Highly recommended with reservations. The story outside the visual hallucinations is itself a horror thriller, but it’s once the world inside Bruce’s mind comes out and manifests itself with color and gore that it becomes so engaging. Whether Bruce’s demons have gained sentience due to his poor mental and physical state or they were always there and just have come tangible is left up to you. Style is the substance here as exposition thins and madness reigns. Worth very much a watch.
That will do for now.