Being a fan of Mycho Productions previous horror outing, 2012’s Slasher House, I was excited to have the opportunity to review their upcoming feature Legacy of Thorn; a spin-off of sorts from the aforementioned film, starring it’s most prominent antagonist – the silent, masked serial killer known only as Thorn.
Jade Wallis plays the film’s flawed heroine, Jessica and the film begins with her and her high school friends confronting the seemingly unstoppable killer that has returned four years after he went on a killing rampage that left Jessica traumatised and almost dead. But who is Thorn and what does he want? All is slowly revealed and the plot builds up to something much bigger than the premise initially suggests.
Talking of the premise, it is clear from the start that Legacy of Thorn is in large part a homage to classic horror films of the past, most notably Halloween and Friday the 13th; in fact, quite a bit of the score could be music composed by the great John Carpenter himself, which is no bad thing at all. Thorn himself is a certainly a villain strong and evil enough to rival the likes of Micheal Myers and Jason Vorhees and Legacy of Thorn excels in treating us to a wonderful array of killings, splatter and action. One particularly marvellous scene involves Thorn, a large machete and a group of nubile cheerleaders. There’s also more to the film than mayhem and violence; it also deals with weightier themes such as bullying in schools and the darker side of popularity contests and peer pressure. These subjects are approached with gritty realism and never seem forced or preachy.
The film isn’t without its problems however, most notably the decision to place what would usually be the climax of the film; a showdown with the main villain, right at the beginning of the film, with previous events told through a series of flash backs. This can be quite confusing at times and what doesn’t help this is the way that the film has a blue wash running over every scene. This works really well for the most part, making proceedings seem cold and threatening, but it also adds to the lack of distinction between scenes set in the present and flashbacks to the past. This problem is overcome towards the middle of the film though, as we begin to realise what is really going on and the plot’s suspense and drama comes into play, all set to a superb metal soundtrack.
Legacy of Thorn has a sense of fun that runs throughout. It’s also highly original and has a lot of fresh ideas. At times you feel like you’re watching the live-action Manga film you always dreamed of. All in all, it’s a highly enjoyable and entertaining experience.
3.5 / 5
Legacy of Thorn is available to pre-order now on VOD and DVD…
It is directed by MJ Dixon and stars Jade Wallis, Johnnie Russell, Craig Canning, Jane Haslehurst with Aaron Jeffcoat, Stephanie Jezard, Evie Constanti, Anas Belarbi with Richard Holloran as Thorn and Mem Ferda as Detective Cyphers.