Meet the Owlman, a mysterious god-like creature, able to remove your diseases in return of a substitute death and now the person that will haunt your dreams after seeing the interesting new horror film, Lord of Tears.
Lord of Tears is a movie about dread and regret, constructed in a way that will leave you thinking about it for days, something that very few films are able to accomplish these days, but director Lawrie Brewster has somehow produced a movie that defies the rule that horror films need to have easy to follow timelines to be good.
Depicting the tale of James Findlay (Euan Douglas), a middle-aged school teacher who is struggling to keep it together after suffering from dreams that are haunted by a series of devilish visions and nightmares, all whilst also having to coping with the death of his mother, meaning that he now has to travel back to rural Scotland, venturing up to his childhood home, ignoring a warning from his late mother that he should never return, due to a breakdown that he suffered as a child.
Sure is sounds like a bit of a horror clishé, but it is done in such a way that it doesn’t feel like one, instead it feels like a way of getting the plot going, removing James from the relative safety of the town and placing him somewhere in which he feels cut off from the world, surrounded by faded thoughts of the past whilst cocooned in the foreboding and gothic highland mansion, seemingly filled with memories and secrets, two things that come back to hurt James in the end.
James is never truly alone in the house, be it from his own daemons or when he is accompanied by the Eve (Alexandra Hulme), a beautiful and mysterious local, who becomes his only escape from his thoughts, adding some colour and happiness to an otherwise bleak and hopeless landscape, helping James resolve his issues, aiding him in attempting to piece together what happened in the past that caused him to have that fated breakdown and did it have something to do with the location of the house above ancient pagan shrine, the Owlman or maybe even something a little closer to home.
The film manages on a small budget, to produce a quality feel, with a small cast, and good CGI, you don’t feel like this is a cheap production, with solid acting from all involved, a true testament to what can be achieved when not rushing the plot along, but instead adopt a more slow-burn approach, focusing on character development, drawing the viewer in and resulting in a bigger pay off when the supernatural events take a turn for the worst.
The DVD is absolutely packed full of things to keep you entertained long after you have finished watching the feature, including the official soundtrack, full directors commentary and bonus short films, but the biggest threat is the case itself, filled with booklets and photographs, feeling like a beautifully designed piece of gothic art, wrapped up in brown paper and feathers, like something that came straight out of the movie itself, making it feels as if the packaging wasn’t just an afterthought, something that I wish more filmmakers would do.
The film is only available direct from Hex Media, but given how much stuff they send you, you don’t mind waiting for it to drop through your letterbox.