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Pscyhedelic Occult Horror That's Not For All Tastes,
This review is from: A Field In England [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Let me start by saying that this movie is not for all tastes: It meanders like one of its shroom-addled characters throughout, giving little to aid the viewer in discerning the story and its mix of entheogens and occultism will soar quite happily over the heads of most people. Kill List, this is not.
If I had to compare A Field In England to anything it would be movies like El Topo or Holy Mountain: Dense, symbolism-rich movies that reward patient and repeat viewers with deeper meaning. Unlike those movies, however, AFIE is a dark and brooding experience filled with frightening imagery and paranoia. It may not be a film to watch whilst experiencing an altered state yourself.
The acting in the movie whilst not outstanding certainly bears relation to its occult horror forebears of the 60s and 70s - Films such as The Witchfinder General and Blood on Satan's Claw - hammy but not buttock-clenchingly so. I must state that Michael Smiley was fantastic, garbed in cape and hat and wielding a flintlock pistol, he exuded menace and bad-assery throughout, a perfect counterpoint to Reese Sheersmith's performance as a sniveling, cowardly scholar.
The soundtrack is fantastic, an ominous mix of traditional folk, simple drum rhythm and dark ambient that aids in the drug-fueled paranoia motif that carries the movie from start to finish.
In conclusion then. This is not a film for everyone. It is vague, challenging and mystic, and that will no doubt alienate most. But if you have a penchant for occult horror, psychedelic cinema or movies that you can peel back layer by layer then I'd reccommend A Field In England gladly.
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2013 22:58:38 BDT
Guy Mannering says:
I hate to display my ignorance in public but what are entheogens? Can't find the word in the OED or my 3 volume Websters.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 23:11:38 BDT
Lucy Swan says:
Entheogens are basically psychoactive substances used in a religious or spiritual context. I could have said hallucinogens but I'll be jiggered if I can spell it correctly and I thought entheogen a more appropriate term in regard to this movie.
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 10:11:14 BDT
'Original'? Or achingly pretentious? Hm, let me see...
Posted on 6 Dec 2014 17:48:45 GMT
Little spud says:
great, informative review, thank you!
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