Lord of Tears (2013)

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Movie Review
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Lord of Tears

Directed By: Lawrie Brewster

Starring: Euan Douglas, Alexandra Hume, David Schofield, Jamie Gordon

Subgenre: Supernatural; Ghosts and Haunted Houses

Synopsis: James returns to his childhood estate in an effort to unravel unsettling dreams that have been plaguing him of late.

Thoughts: The Lord of Tears is a movie that I have been anticipating since first seeing the trailer and following the progress of Lawrie Brewster’s painstaking attention to detail.  Brewster has went above and beyond in marketing his movie, both to major outlets and to smaller blogs like this one.

One day a couple of weeks ago, a package arrived in the mail, mysteriously wrapped in black paper with an oil feather attached.  Inside was a DVD of the movie as well as the soundtrack and a nice booklet.  Pretty impressive packing! In addition, I was given a pdf of a full sized book.  Like I said, this guy spared no expense in marketing and packaging, but how did the movie hold up?

The first thing I need to say about this movie is that it is truly beautiful.  The cinematography is top notch, and the scenery is so breathtaking that at times you find yourself lost in the images.  Augmenting the look is the sound.  Lord of Tears features a haunting soundtrack that really pulls you into the movie.

Aside from looking and sounding superb, the acting really is top notch.  Euan Douglas did a great job as the lead.  Watching him swirl into the pits of madness was a treat indeed.  Alexandra Hume was a treat as well, and not just to look at, although she was very striking.  She was, without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of the movie.  Feel free to call me smitten!

Brewster did quite the job tying these pieces together in what he describes as a “slow-burn” type of movie.  If I had one complaint, it would be that the movie does drag at times, and I think that the end could have done with a little more editing.  The pace is very deliberate, but it isn’t difficult to see that is what Brewster wanted.  He wasn’t setting out to satisfy the gore hounds or action junkies.  I believe he accomplished exactly what he set out to make, and that is a haunting movie that will stick with you well after the movie is over.

If slowly building tension is your thing, this is a movie you should check out.  It reminded a bit of The Shining in some ways, although without as much crazy imagery (there are no elevators full of blood to be found, although there is the mysterious Owl Man). If you find yourself bored without a massive body count or hordes of zombies, than Lord of Tears probably isn’t the movie for you, but if you want to see something original and very well made, then do yourself a favor and check out Lord of Tears.

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