Hurt

2021

Horror / Thriller

194
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 80

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December 12, 2021

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Andrew Creer as Tommy
Hannah Gordon as The Witch
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836.89 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
93 min
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1.68 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
93 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by UnholyFrog 8 / 10 / 10

"Hang the bitch", 'Hurt' is a cruel and bleak horror/drama

I attended the world premiere of the new Blumhouse acquired independent film, "Hurt", last night at Fantasia film festival and Halloween-set film lovers are in for a treat. But not in a traditional way. "Hurt" stars Emily van Raay in an attention grabbing feature film debut, with strong supporting turns from Andrew Creer, Stephanie Moran, and Bradley Hamilton. Plot details can be found on IMDb, but plot details go like this: Tommy (Andrew Creer) returns home from war to his wife Rose (Emily van Raay), who lives in a house in the woods near to her sister Lily (Stephanie Moran), and her husband Mark (Bradley Hamilton). Almost every relationship on Rose's life is strained. On Halloween while attending an amusement park, Tommy has a break down thanks to the fake screams, blood and violence around him while he and Rose try to reconnect over nostalgia of the things they used to do. He takes off leaving Rose alone and from there the night turns to confusion and murder. While the film has slasher tendencies and DNA, it's not a paint by numbers stalk and slash film. The story keeps its focus on broken characters, and real drama, but cleverly plays the dramatics into a plot about human interest in violence and our desensitization to it. There's layers to the film that will only hit you as you think about it afterwards. It's actually heavily about violence without actually being overly violent itself, but doesn't shy away from gruesome and disturbing imagery. It's not about the slash, but the devastation in the aftermath and it feels like a punch to the gut. But "Hurt" doesn't revel in the suffering of it's protagonists, it wants to you to be disturbed by it. The film also plays with themes of PTSD, and like Mallhi's previous films, focuses on characters with troubled minds. It makes for engaging tension. The film takes things slow, but deliberately so, and you never quite know which way it's going to go. Situations that seem crucial or obvious don't always pan out the way you think they will, but I won't say any more. The gritty cinematography and perfect Halloween atmosphere lends itself nicely to the cruel vibe of the film. It's bleak both in it's themes and visuals with its desaturated colors and lingering shots. It all pairs nicely with the offbeat music by Tom Schraeder, that creates an unsettling vibe in conjunction with the almost voyeuristic style of the images. In fact I'd liken the sound design, and grainy texture of the cinematography to the documentary-like style of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are some striking images and the use of minimal and natural light creates a real aesthetic. If you like drama and character driven stories mixed with your horror there is a lot to admire here. "Hurt" is bleak and cruel and and it wants you to think about the sadism you came to see. In a time where viral videos are being shared across social media of real life violence, this film has something to say about the haunting lack of empathy people have when it comes to that violence, evident just by browsing through the comments sections of those viral videos, until it happens to you.

Reviewed by philarmitage21 9 / 10 / 10

Impressive

Why do we like to be scared? Or seek out horror imagery? And enjoy watching fictional violence? Not everyone does, sure, but us horror fans do. I went in seeing Sonny Mallhi's Hurt fairly blind. This was the world premiere and there was no trailer, and the descriptions were vague. A few pictures, of people wearing masks. Just enough to grab my interest. The masks looked creepy. The less known about the premise, the better, as the first act culminates in a sly use of misperception, playing with our expectations. This is ultimately what director Sonny Mallhi manipulates throughout the entire film: our perception. The continuing set-up remains unconventional, as we are led to follow a number of characters until eventually settling on who will be our main protagonist (who is also revealed as someone who is not what they initially appear to be, in a creepy scene all done in close-ups). Soon enough, things are confirmed (after the first act tease) : we are in slasher-film territory. But things are not that simple, or standard. At first, the style is reminiscent of the ''mumblecore'' type of filmmaking (handheld camerawork, sometimes unfocused, naturalistic lighting), but this is also part of the misdirection. The framing turns out to be very deliberate, showing us what Mallhi wants to when he wants to, both to give or keep information and to create the mood that he's going for. The pacing is slow and focuses on our main characters (of which there are very few) in a realistic and intimate way. Slowly, this starts to create an uneasy, subtly dreadful feeling. Eventually, this becomes a stalk-and -slash film, with emphasis on the stalking. We've seen this type of thing many times before, but not quite like this. On the surface, it has more in common with classics like ''Black Christmas (1974)'' and ''Halloween (1978)'' than the more typical slasher film, with the emphasis on mood and suspense rather than multiple kills and gore, but then the genius of its intention is revealed. We think we know what's going on, but... It's impressive how Mallhi ultimately tells his story. It's also impressive that he manages to do what most films of the genre are supposed to and usually try: to actually be scary, and with a story that's deceptively straightforward and that we've basically seen many times before. Or so we think. The ultimate subversion of our expectations, carefully and patiently constructed throughout, is at once genius and simple. There's a meta analysis of our relationship with horror at the core of Hurt, which is Mallhi's whole point. Not necessarily horror movies per se, but our desire to be scared and to scare. As such, deciding to set the story on Halloween is perfect, and it's one of the best uses of the holiday I've ever seen in a horror film; not just in the way to make the surroundings and visuals scarier (the design of the masks is terrific) but also to help explore its themes. There is a lengthy sequence taking place in a haunt fair that turns out to be crucial is so many ways to both the events following it and their meaning. As it turns out, this unconventionally-shot, familiar story is interested in asking big questions. Its structure is brilliant. Its subject fascinatingly explored. Its conclusion incredibly satisfying. It's also immensely helped by its lead performances (especially Emily van Raay) which are completely believable. One of the biggest surprises I've recently seen coming from the genre. Sonny Mallhi sticks a mirror in its intended audience's face, while giving us exactly what we crave.

Reviewed by rgainsford 9 / 10 / 10

Usually fall asleep during movies

Attended the premier at the Fantasia Film Festival. Movie was well thought out, kept me on my toes which is atypical for any movie especially a Horror Movie. The cinematography was well done as well, however it played just slightly long. Either way it had a great tempo and few twists. The lead had a House of Targ short on the entire time which was cool. Go see the movie and you won't fall asleep!

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