The horror genre’s backbone has always been indie horror and with the continuing explosion of it, the genre only becomes stronger. As someone who is always glad to spread the word of those films that do not get as much fan fare that other films receive, having The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom brought to my attention I was ready to see what this film was going to bring to the horror genre. Having been released in 2014 it has already made it’s mark at the Freak Show Horror Film Festival winning, Best Actress and being an Official Film Selection.
Written and directed by Mark Dossett, The Torment of Laurie Ann Cullom tells the story of Laurie Ann who after an attack develops agoraphobia, which leaves her housebound and relying on everyone from her mother to the local grocery store, who delivers her groceries. As she tries to make her life as normal as possible, her agoraphobia will be put to the test as she soon discovers that she may not be the only one in her house.
The beginning of the film plays into the Texas Chainsaw Massacre feel with the opening monologue hinting that the things that happen to Laurie could be considered an urban legend, but the film never really lays out a foundation for it to be called an urban legend. Dossett set his film in the 1980’s and he does a detailed job of making the surroundings and feel for the viewers very true to the time period. Unlike most films, Dossett actually filmed this movie in chronological order in order to build fear in filming with the lead actress, which worked on various levels. Although the subject matter is not a new one in horror, I do appreciate the different approach he took with the film, which added a level of intrigue. However, the film did feel a bit choppy in places and a few scenes never really felt like they fit for the flow of the film. I would have liked to see some scenes extended in order to completely tell of Laurie’s torment. I did think that one of the best players in the film was the properly placed music that aided in moving the film along.
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Overall, it’s a different addition to the genre with a few things that could have been re-worked to give it that urban legend feel, which would have taken it to another level. I do think Dossett did a solid of job directing and I would like to see what he can do next.