Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sacrifice (2016) 1h 31m
I've never been to Europe but, keeping with things I've learned from horror films, here's a list of things you shouldn't do:
1) stay in a hostel, because rich murder people will kidnap you
2) visit castles the locals tell you to stay away from, even if you have a contract with "The Count" or whomever owns that shit
3) be disrespectful to the Romani/Roma because that's just good travel etiquette and you shouldn't be a prick when abroad
4) visit random small inhabited islands, because cult murder people might kidnap you
Sacrifice breaks rule #4 because after having another miscarriage a doctor goes with her husband to the small Scottish island where he grew up. They plan to adopt a child from the hospital/orphanage on the next island over. However, the woman finds remains from a ritual killing buried on their land and this sets her on the path to finding out the truth about the island's inhabitants.
This isn't really a horror film. At least not by my assumed guidelines of horror. Aside from a few dull chase scenes there isn't any true sense of danger. Some of the sets were really elaborate and well done. I liked what I assume was a "ritual room" in the house. My big question is why do you need to have engraved plates above the runed branding irons? I would assume that you wouldn't need to label that as you should just know. Kudos on the use of the Futhark rune set though, even if they did just make up a rune for "sacrifice." Also, the pictures on the wall of fathers with adopted sons makes it seem like a creepy NAMBLA club. Come to think of it, they don't really ever give us a proper explanation of the group either and the dad makes some really misogynistic comments to our heroine...
I think my biggest complaint about Sacrifice is that it becomes so focused on the action and the escape toward the end that they get sloppy with continuity and execution. For example, they're watching the woman run from room to room on a security camera, but despite someone standing there and still watching the cameras they don't see her and her husband start to escape with a third person? Then he's watching security camera footage of a fight that is obviously just regular footage they threw an effect on because, A) a security camera facing some piping is pointless, B) the shot is perfectly framing the actors, and C) the camera sways with the action. If I'm yelling at the TV about your slapdash fucking work then you fucked up hard. Fucking sacrifice this movie to the devil in hopes you get a better movie or, like, an ice cream sandwich.
I give Sacrifice 1 bagpipe out of 5 only because I like cults in movies: