Deadly Intent (2016)
Directed by Rebekah Fortune
Synopsis: Courtesy of Inspired Toad Productions
After the death of her soldier husband, a widow tries to build a new life for herself and her young son. Struggling to come to terms with her grief, she is devastated when the boy claims to have seen his dead father.
“Now this is the story all about how James life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there and I’ll tell you how James went from hating his mom to liking his mom“… And that’s kinda it.
Deadly Intent is about a boy named James (Gus Barry) and his mother Bryony (Rebecca Reaney) trying to move on from the death of James’s father Steve (Peter Lloyd). The characters in the film were very well put together. The relationship between James and Bryony is very well done and feels genuine. From the beginning when James has a hard time even looking at Bryony to later in the film when they’re both in a ball pit together playing, the time spent with these characters has an impact on the viewer.
And Bryony’s sister Lisa (Laura Lemon) hands down was my favorite character. She not only helps mend the relationship between James and Bryony, but also helps both James and Bryony reconcile their grief about losing Steve.
The cinematography was solid, and the atmosphere of the film was very good. When the film depicted a joyful moment, like when James and Steve were at the beach playing, the atmosphere seemed to glow and make all seem at ease.
However, one of the most glaring elements of this horror film, or rather lack thereof, is its horror. This film’s scares were so meh, this could be just categorized as a dramatic film. While Steve’s ghost does pose a threat to the characters, I never felt they were in any real danger and didn’t care for them. This film also had some other odd elements/moments to it, like a weird audio cut from when James and his dad are playing catch on the beach to when he’s in his bedroom, and the scene where Steve drives James off to a field was confusing at first as I thought Steve was a ghost and this was happening in the present.
However non-existent the film’s scares and horror were, the characters and their relationship with each other were enough to make this film enjoyable. If you have the time, I would recommend this film. Then make sure you put it back in the drama section!
6 out of 10 Splats of Blood