“The trouble with screen writing today is producers and directors think the tag-line or brief storyline IS THE SCRIPT, hence a 100 or 120 minute film is full of tedious padding in a feeble attempt to stretch very sparse material, with irritating wobbly camera shots and gimmicky editing, which takes you out of the story, alienating you from the content.
“ Meanwhile, she's having a heavy burden of taking care of her "slow" brother and demanding mother.
“ However, poor script, thin and predictable.
“ Predictable and thin .
“ The creature effects are a bit wobbly, it's slow in places and could do with tightening up, some of the acting is mediocre.
“ Intense Mother Mary (Dickie) moves her teenage son Fergal (Bruton) into a depressed apartment complex in Edinburgh.
“ I don't tend to be a huge fan of modern day British horror, so it's refreshing to see something this smart, original and entertaining.
“ Excellent and convincing acting and a pleasure to see ordinary looking people with warts and all, instead of the usual Hollywood plastic "Barbie doll" look which I find so nauseating and boring.
“One of the predictable twists (1) was Nesbitt turning against his partner.
“ My own opinion is that you've seen one werewolf movie you've seen them all and they're very formulaic .
“ Engaging Folk Horror .
“In overall, the movie had great potential, it was just killed off by its slow, dull pace.
“If this review seems disjointed, please, understand that this is what the film is like.
“ Weird, cheap but strangely compelling .
“ Well, this movie was sort of interesting in some ways, and dreadfully boring in others.
“If you like darkness of every kind then I would recommend this bleak but entertaining film.
“ To call this film slow to start is an epic understatement.
“ But director/co-writer Colm McCarthy delivers an engaging tale of Love and Horror.
“ Yes, I will agree, it started of a wee bit slow, and yes at times you didn't know who to like more, the hunters or the hunted.
“Intense, witchy Mary and her teenage son Fergal (Kate Dickie and Niall Bruton) are on the run.
“The first hour is quite good, with a nice and unusual set-up, but unfortunately the last third is a downward slide, what with some (1) predictable twists, (2) needlessly stupid plot-devices, and (3) totally unexplained goings-on.
“ typical and pretentious .
“ Overall, this movie is scary and entertaining and worth a watch.
“ Well, it is, but it's also gory, gritty and weirdly compelling – although not always terribly convincing.
“The film is confusing at times though and it may also involve the coalescence/clash of two competing schools of magic.
“The initial confusion disappeared later on.
“ Dreadful acting, terrible camera work, non-existent plot .
“ This is something I ask myself every time I watch a movie and for me this determines if it was worth watching in the first place.
“ Incredulously slow, violently uninteresting Scottish/Irish horror .
“ The story itself is often confusing and the narrative feels better suited to a Western where two tough gringos ride in to town looking for a runaway .
“How to make such usual, cliché ridden location into something more menacing, chilling, more resembling the Gothic horror environment in an old abandoned castle for example?