Review: Z (Blood In The Snow Festival) [-FILM-]

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Director: Brandon Christensen
Writers: Brandon Christensen, Colin Minihan
Stars: Keegan Connor Tracy, Jett Klyne, Sean Rogerson


Having it’s Toronto premiere at the Blood In The Snow Festival, Z is probably one of the more downbeat and therefore ballsy horror films I have seen in a while.

When Elizabeth (Tracy) and Kevin’s (Rogerson) child Joshua (Klyne) begins to start talking to an imaginary friend, Z. Joshua is a lonely kid so it seems logical that he will create an imaginary friend.

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However, when Joshua begins to misbehave and his parents get ostracised, it becomes apparent that there is a problem. Is Z real? Or is Joshua ill?

Z is a low budget affair but cinematographer Bradley Stuckel and director Brandon Christensen do a great job in making it look so damn good. Every scene looks great and Christensen finds away to shoot around any budgetary restraints. Minihan and Christensen have written a twisted tale here, giving every character an arc that suits the film. Barring one or two really obvious expository scenes, the script moves along a nice pace before taking a wild turn (for the better). Whilst this turn doesn’t quite get explored fully, the direction the film goes is very brave.

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Tracy is excellent as Elizabeth, as she gets worn down throughout the film, she conveys her frustration and anexity whilst Rogerson’s Kevin is kind of a big kid as parent (we all know – or are – one of those) and Klyne plays Joshua as the stony faced, weird son with the right amount of innocence and creepy ambivalence.

Z is a nice take on the creepy kid/imaginary friend film that doesn’t go exactly where you think it does. The film could have really gone to a very unexpected place that I can’t mention for the sake of any spoilers but where the film ends and how it ends is a gutsy decision on the part of the filmmakers and certainly doesn’t give the audience any easy ways out.

Played at BITS

Ryan Morrrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78
Images: BITS

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