Synopsis: A woman is kidnapped and finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where women are hunted by masked men.
The Furies‘ concept of a game where unwilling participants are thrown in isn’t new, but this bombastic, high-energy piece is guaranteed to be a hit with slasher fans.
There is a moment within the film which I won’t divulge but started to make me very angry as I was concerned that the film was about to disregard all the hard work they had done for an incredibly frustrating rug-pull. Thankfully, they reverse this very quickly and turn it into something far more interesting and satisfying. That is the case for much of the film really – every time something happens that you could reliably call, there’s something of a sting in the tale which makes the film feel rather more refreshing. The plot developments are well-paced and the twist on the game concept plays out very naturally.
Airlie Dodds is very well cast as Kayla – a nervous woman struggling with her epilepsy and the toll it will take on the rest of her life. An early scene shows her best friend detailing how she needs to be more forward and independent. This is the only part of Kayla’s characterisation that feels off – from the moment she arrives in the game she quickly sets about how to solve the mystery – hardly the actions of someone unsure of herself. However, more importantly for her characterisation is her instant attempt to protect one of the other girls. There are a few quite touching moments between the women, but really, the film isn’t here for that and there are moments where the tone and energy shifts down a little.
I’d be being dishonest if I didn’t slightly roll my eyes at the presence of another film in which woman after woman is tortured and killed when I first read the synopsis. The Furies offers a slight twist on this and a number of the women are given time to show different characters, even if they are on the stereotypical side. Rose (Linda Ngo) is young, frightened and clinging to the other women for protection – Sheena (Taylor Ferguson) is hardened – wanting to win the game for herself in a way which far outweighs the need for survival. It’s an interesting enough mix to keep things moving.
The film boasts some really impressive special effects and I found one attack in particular to be fairly difficult to watch. The design of the killers is fairly run-of-the-mill, although they are used in reasonably interesting ways. One design of a killer who appears to be wearing a human suit, complete with foot dragging behind his own is probably the most memorable. In contrast to the women in the film they are given no characterisation at all, other than masks and slightly different weapons which makes sense in the wider context of the film. The film is absolutely at it’s best when it is doing the louder, more gruesome stuff and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is thoroughly enjoyable midnight movie material.
My rating: 3/5 stars – ***/*****