The Furies

After Kayla (Airlie Dodds) and her friend Maddie (Ebony Vagulans) are abducted, Kayla wakes up in a box in the middle of a forest with no idea how she got there, and no idea of Maddie’s whereabouts. She soon realises she is not alone – men in terrifying masks stalk several other women in the woods. It quickly becomes clear this is a deadly game of cat and mouse – with a terrifying twist.”

I didn’t like The Furies, I wanted to but I just didn’t. Billed as “modern take on the 1980s slasher film” it never manages to capture essence of what has made those films so “classic”. It consistently feels like something in between comedy and horror but not enough in either camp to work, instead it just either feels like a poor comedy with too few laughs or bad horror with too much silliness. The silliness and laughs almost never feel intentional, they may have been but the impression I got from watching it wasn’t one of a well crafted comedy horror. We’re never really given any reason to care for the characters, new people are introduced and discarded quickly without ever really having any real personality. The main character is introduced and we’re given a brief scene between her and her best friend before they are both kidnapped, the only reason the audience knows they are best friends is because the script explicitly says so, not because we’re shown any real relationship or charisma between them. They go from joking around to massive argument to kidnapped in the space of about 2 minutes, with such wild swings of emotion that it never feels like an actual friendship. The score is overly dramatic compared to the action and the buildup that is happening on screen. The majority of the time we’re treated to closeup reaction shots our main character panting and out of breath, which is a shame because one of the films few saving graces is the cinematography which makes good use of the Australian scenery to craft some beautiful shots. The locations also don’t feel like the places they intend them to be, the abandoned gold mining town that some of the film is set feels like a paintball or airsoft site, the woods are initially shown to be vast and yet the main character finds herself out of them and into the Australian outback very quickly. The makeup and gore is good but it never feels earned it feels like gore for gores sake. The reasons for those characters being chosen to be kidnapped initially is never explained, the reason why the men chasing them and why they cannot communicate in anything other than grunts and screams is never explained either. I don’t need to be spoon-fed every detail but I need something to give me a reason to care about what happens during the film.

Not funny enough to work as a comedy and not scary or tense enough to work as a horror The Furies sits in the middle and is an unsatisfying watch, with the exception of some good cinematography and gore makeup it’s not really worth the ticket cost.

★★

Euan Tennant

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