Lord Of Tears

March 7th, 2015 by Coventry

Lord Of Tears   Lord of Tears poster01 84x120 reviews horror drama Director: Lawrie Brewster
Writer: Sarah Daly
Release Year: 2013

Lord Of Tears   BIFFF 2014 mini logo1 reviews horror drama Awesome monster, tedious screenplay

The timid school teacher James Findlay has been plagued by visions of an eerie owl-creature ever since his childhood. James believes all his phobias originate from the parental Baldurroc Mansion in the Scottish Highlands and, together with the lovely caretaker Eve, he begins to investigate the hidden secrets of the estate.

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Wow, either director Lawrie Brewster recruited all his friends and relatives to give high ratings and write favorable reviews for his film, or none of the avid fanatics around here has ever seen a genuinely atmospheric Gothic horror movie. At the risk of sounding pretentious, ‘Lord Of Tears’ already seemed overrated upon its release and please do not be deceived by the plenty of online comments stating it’s an impeccable new genre classic. There, I said it. However, I do admit that the film is a worthwhile and well-crafted attempt at traditional, spooky horror with beautiful scenery and filming locations. It oozes with an admirably melancholic ambiance and – most of all – presents us an authentically creepy monster!

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The Owl Man (played by David Schofield), which you can admire on the cover artwork, is a nightmarish creature with an impressive mask and claws that demands for a specific type of sacrifices. The timid school teacher James Findlay (Euan Douglas) has been plagued by visions of this creature ever since his childhood, but now he can confront his traumas because James’ mother died and he inherited the parental Baldurroc Mansion in the Scottish Highlands. James believes all his phobias originate from this place and, together with the lovely caretaker Eve Turner (Alexandra Nicole Hulme), he begins to investigate the hidden secrets of the estate.

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Okay, so far so good, then why exactly isn’t ‘Lord Of Tears’ as magnificent as it ought to be? Basically because the actual plot is feather light and ultra-thin and there are only two principal characters (and one reasonably significant supportive character) in the entire movie. Brewster compensates for the lack of variety through (over)long sequences that stylishly build up tension and atmosphere, but they lead absolutely nowhere. You know what kind of sequences I mean: sudden apparitions of the creature underneath a tree, but it vanishes when the protagonist looks again, abruptly ending dream sequences, the clichéd use of creepy children’s drawings, etc, etc.

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The denouement – as in the revelation of the Findlay family secret – doesn’t make any sense either and raises more questions than the script can answer. The acting performance of Euan Douglas is quite pitiable and the beautiful Alexandra Hulme doesn’t convince either. David Schofield‘s sinister voice is underused. Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly (the writer) definitely show talent and growth potential, but ‘Lord Of Tears’ is overall unmemorable and weak. Okay, go ahead, hit the “don’t like” button button if you must…


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