Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Nefarious 2019

Nefarious is a 2019 horror film written by Richard Rowntree and Matthew Davies, and directed by Richard Rowntree. It’s stars Jon Vangdal Aamaas, Aaron Thomas Ward, Gregory A. Smith, Toby Wynn-Davies, Richard Rowntree, Nadia Lamin and Tony Sands. A group of friends indebted to their local crime lord get more than they bargained for when they decide to rob a wealthy man and his disabled brother.

The film starts out slow, but ends with a bang. The screenplay is fantastic and things get pretty messy in the third act. There were some really great performances and it’s just a solid all around film. It’s ruthless, gory fun. A beautiful piece of indie filmmaking.

There were a few areas that could have been stronger, such as the lighting, especially in the interrogation room. Also, the music could have been darker and more intense in certain scenes, adding a greater sense of dread and unease to the madness. However, the potential and passion are there, the screws just need a little tightening.

Nefarious is brutal as hell. It goes straight for the jugular. It’s creepy, unnerving, and extremely entertaining. A terrifying good time. The film has already received a ton of awards, and I highly recommend checking it out if you get the opportunity. 

Posted by Donovan Smith

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