The Secret Of Marrowbone – Film #53

Marrow-Boner or Marrow-Bore?


Finally, a Horror film in 2018 worth really shouting about!

2018 has been an up and down year for horrors. Unsane and A Quiet Place brought a different spin to the genre, splitting a lot of people’s opinions on whether they were good or not (I thought they were decent…read my reviews clicking on the links) but then everything came crashing back down with recent flops The Strangers Prey At Night and Hereditary.

So when I saw a trailer for another horror film, seemingly set in a house, with a dead mother and something happening, I genuinely thought this was going to be a big pile of Meh!

I was wrong.

Marrowbone is the story of four children who lose their mother. They are clearly on the run from someone who seemingly finds them one day. Jump forward 6 months and the family are living in fear. They are being plagued by an unknown spirit in the house that they have vowed not to leave, and the memory of their parents lives on in them.

Cue some very tense scenes with kids walking off down hallways, long glances at covered up mirrors etc.

The direction and writing of the film is fantastic and takes a lot of Chekhov’s gun moments…that don’t get used. What I mean by that is that as a seasoned movie goer, you see certain things and think “that has been shown to us so it can be used again later in the movie” and then doesn’t.

What this does is creates a sort of unease and tension which is exactly what the film is aiming to go for.

When you get to the end, you realise how brilliantly it’s all coming together. Its difficult to talk about anything in the final third without spoiling anything…so just go and see it.

Great acting too, especially from George MacKay in the lead role.

It’s not perfect, but it’s great. There’s some genuinely jumpy jump scares, which you can see coming a mile away, but still work so well.




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