It’s safe to say that horror fans love big, bloody kills. The more the better. What’s better than a film about a masked killer? A film about multiple masked killers! After seeing The Furies, you might want to be careful what you wish for.
Written and directed by Tony D’Aquino, The Furies introduces us to Kayla (played by Airlie Dodds), a young woman with epilepsy who is kidnapped and deposited in a strange forrest. She wakes to find herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game. A number of women (called Beauties) are in this forrest. An equal number of masked killers (called Beasts) are also in the forrest. The Beasts must kill the Beauties. The hunt is on!
The third act of The Furies is extremely intense. The Beauties go through a lot by the end of this film. The Life-Or-Death stakes of the game bring out the true nature of the survivors. One of the women, Rose (Played by Linda Ngo), goes through an interesting transformation from frail victim to cold blooded predator. Kayla also becomes a predator in her own right. She finds a new purpose in life from the experience. The final moments of the film take “the game” to a whole new level. It’s an exciting conclusion that makes the viewer want to see more. Unfortunately, it takes over two thirds of this film to get interesting.
The concept of The Furies is a great one. Take a handful of final girls and pit them against a group of masked killers and see who survives. The problem lies in the execution. The main antagonists are hulking, faceless, nameless men who only speak in grunts. They brandish weapons in broad daylight. A Slasher film works best with one killer. In The Furies, they are abundant. They have no mystique. There’s nothing that makes them special. All they have left are brutal kills that feel quite hollow in the blistering sun.
We’re introduced to Kayla moments before she gets kidnapped. She’s immediately flung into the game and the film doesn’t slow down until it’s all over. There’s not much to Kayla. We know she has epilepsy and not much else. We know even less about the others. There’s very little character development. The women are hunted and show only fear or anger. The killers have zero personality. It’s very hard to care about any of the characters in this film until the third act.
If you like grotesque kills, there is something here for you. The violence is in-your-face. The fact they’re in broad daylight make them feel even more brutal. If that’s not your thing, maybe The Furies isn’t for you. The film screens this Sunday at 7PM at the Scotiabank Theatre as part of Toronto After Dark 2019. The film screens with the short Down the Rabbit Hole by Ali Froggatt. Get your tickets HERE.
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