31 DAYS OF HORROR REVIEW: ELFIE HOPKINS

CAST

Jaime Winstone (Kidulthood)
Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad)
Rupert Evans (Hellboy)
Kate Magowan (Stardust)
Kimberley Nixon (Black Death)
Gwyneth Keyworth (Misfits)
Will Payne (Fright Night 2)
Steven Mackintosh (Kick-Ass 2)
Ray Winstone (The Departed)

Image result for elfie hopkinsElfie Hopkins tells the story of twenty-two-year-old slacker (Jaime Winstone), a “wanna-be” detective, set in a sleepy hunting village. She is a stoner and an animal lover, and haunted by the death of her mother and surrounded by her broken father and alcoholic step-mother, Elfie seeks solace and inspiration from the old school detectives in The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. She entertains herself, along with her geeky best friend, Dylan (Aneurin Barnard), by investigating the villagers and upsetting everyone with their imaginative allegations. Elfie’s mundane existence is thrown for a spin with the arrival of a family of trendy city dwellers, the Gammons.
Image result for elfie hopkinsThe Gammons weave tales of adventure and seduce the villagers with offers of exotic hunting holidays around the world. It is not long before the villagers are flying off to the four corners of the world. Elfie, despite her best efforts, is not free to the Gammons’ charms, but soon smells a rat. Elfie and Dylan begin investigating the Gammons’ life. Bloody violence and pandemonium soon starts to rage in the village and it is no longer just the blood of animals. Elfie discovers the villagers are not making those flights and when she finally uncovers the truth, it is darker than she could have ever imagined.Image result for elfie hopkinsThis quirky little British film is as much about the title character coming of age and overcoming the complexes brought on by a fraught family history as it is about horror represented by the seductive evil of the creepy Gammon family who move in to the small village where she lives. Overall a film which I would heartily recommend to a discriminating viewer of horror films who would like to see something a bit more subtle to it.

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