A creepy, poetic freak-out that makes clever use of a subjective camera.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
It’s the witching hour! I won’t pretend to understand everything that’s going on in Effigy, but I think the risks it takes pay off. It’s a creepy, poetic freak-out that makes clever use of a subjective camera.
Essentially, the movie’s about a young couple that gets stalked by a witch in the woods. It seems to be telling a folk tale about sacrifice and love, and it tells it beautifully. Almost everything in the first half of the film is shown from someone’s POV. This slasher-film motif gives the film genuine power and suspense. The folk-tale stuff is explained through voiceover, which has a tragic, lyrical quality reminiscent of Francis Ford Coppola’s retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The movie even makes effective use of stop-motion animation, and there are some darkly seductive lines like, “Yours in blood, Phyia.” The wickedly named writer-director, Owen Tooth, is a force to be reckoned with.