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The Feast on VOD, a Welsh Horror Tale That Unfolds During a Doomed Dinner Party

Shown on VOD, Ceremony is a horror film in Welsh that hopes to enter our hearts slowly – assuming our hearts are cool with lingering horror and horror flourishes and a sense of immersion. Scary death long scary inevitable frenzied violence. And whose heart is NOT cool with the flourishing historical horror genre and the deadly, lingering, lingering, macabre, inevitable death of fetish violence, I always speak? The film is the directorial debut of Lee Haven Jones, who can only bring on the growing team of horror superheroes.

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Gist: She shows up at the country fortress house looking a little damp, but you wouldn’t think anything of it. Cadi (Annes Elwy) comes to this state-of-the-art house, where apparently rich people live, to help Glenda (Nia Roberts) prepare for a dinner party. She’s officially The Help, but who’s to call for help at the end of the day? No spoilers! People soon assumed that Glenda and her family were insufferable bastards with some serious functioning function housed in their skulls. She has her own isolation room, where she gets away from it all, a dimly lit brick room that one of the dinner guests accurately describes as “like a cell.” Her husband is Gwyn (Julian Lewis Jones), a member of Congress (attack one) who likes to brag about shooting rabbits for dinner (attack two) even though he has just found out they are dead and not actually kill them (hit three).

That’s why Gwyn and Glenda will have chips from old blocks. Guto (Steffan Cennydd) somewhat sympathizes with this crew, a lousy guitarist who has moved home to kick his heroin habit. His brother Gweirydd (Sion Alun Davies) has that serial killer vibe, the hairless one of someone training for a triathlon and really, really, really love to admire and touch yourself while wearing a jumpsuit. This family is a series of CREEPS. And yes, I’m sure you’ve also noticed that their names all start with the same letter. That doesn’t get them acquitted, at least not.

Their marked weirdness meant that Cadi was staring silently, and Cadi’s ability to sing terrifying horror only matched the fixed mentality of the place. She’s been watching everyone – especially Gweirydd, whose eyes she closed as he shaved and a drop of blood came out in the shower water. She likes to touch people’s shit, wet her fingers with her tongue to clean a stained glass that other people would pick up and put in their mouths, and leave her large clumps of hair in the dust. canapes. In the end, both dinner guests arrive for a chat that makes the film a critique of capitalism – something to do with the opening scene in which a exploratory drill plunges relentlessly downwards. soil. Meanwhile, we’ve struggled with some serious incidents, complete with wacky behavior that’s even worse than the one I’ve described, and glimpses of gore, or maybe it’s just discarded pomegranates, all of which point to the description of some serious squick.

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What movies will remind you of?: Ceremony is the Yorgos Lanthimos Semi-Lite – maybe The killing of a sacred deer on a tighter budget. Also, in the midst of this, Gaia and Pig, the mushroom will make a substantial cinematic return in 2021.

Performances worth watching: It would be all too easy to highlight Davies or Elwy for their ability to pose a nonverbal threat with body language or a blank look. Roberts enjoys her slightly more complicated role as the head of a matriarchal family, who seems to look the other way when the men in her life behave badly – and can also be a conduit for any Any supernatural woman on earth will make the plot more difficult .

Memorable dialogue: “After you’ve taken everything, what will be left?”

Gender and Skin: You won’t be shocked to learn that the movie has disturbing (non-nude) sex scenes, and I really don’t want to get into it here.

Our Take: As Ceremony teases us with a series of moments of quiet confusion, hoping that it will reward our patience with a well-deserved reward. Either way, I think it works, even though Jones has drawn close stylistic comparisons to Lanthimos, Robert Eggers and Lynne Ramsay. His pacing is deliberate and methodical; he brings anxiety and omen from the scene; he unleashes body and folk horrors as his characters take on their sins, as in the “seven dead,” and are mostly lust, gluttony, pride, and greed. blue. The movie isn’t just a shallow flirt with a bad atmosphere – it creates some obvious ecological upsets, but is reasonably gripping through a evocative, Mother-Earth revenge plot. mean, but also tends to vaguely shrug.

When the movie gives a detail or two, it’s hilariously amusing – a morally depraved, obnoxious family in this story ravages the splendid countryside surrounding the house to find earn riches, but also develop their own sages right outside the door, and build their ugliness, threatening modern homes by using as many “local” materials as possible . How noble it is! The key takeaway here is, don’t do anything to induce the planet to send out one of those tough, goons hunting you, which is something we already know, but hearing the message again will never now hurt anyone, right?

Our call: INSTRUCTIONS IT. Jones shows some vision and even greater potential with Ceremony, it’s a solid classic-style horror outing.

John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at johnserbaatlarge.com or follow him on Twitter: @johnserba.

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