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Elfie Hopkins

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Ryan Andrews
  • 88 mins
  • 15

Summary

A teenager in a quiet Welsh village dreams of being a detective, so takes it upon herself to solve a series of disappearances. She becomes suspicious of a family that have recently moved to the area, and discovers they are killing and eating the missing people. She faces an impossible task getting others to believe the grisly truth. Horror, starring Jaime Winstone and Aneurin Barnard.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Jaime Winstone's slacker turns amateur detective in this quirky yet underwhelming British chiller that messily juxtaposes old-school gothic horror with tongue-in-cheek splatter. Winstone is grunged up and annoyingly affected in the title role, as she and her fellow stoner pal (sweetly comic Aneurin Barnard, so good as David Bailey in BBC4's We'll Take Manhattan) investigate a family of posh weirdos that's moved into their sleepy rural village. Initially, the film is sluggish and largely uneventful, focusing on Winstone's daftly scripted verbal suspicions and the exaggerated nature of both her sinister new neighbours and the caricatured locals (including Ray Winstone's awful yokel butcher). It's only when her extreme allegations are abruptly - and predictably - proven true that the flimsy and contrived storyline gathers pace, accompanied by a switch from creepy atmospherics to Grand Guignol-style gore. But, despite the addition of dark fun and much-needed action, the over-the-top carnage unfortunately intensifies the feature's lack of depth and balance.

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Credits

Cast

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Elfie HopkinsJaime Winstone
Dylan ParkerAneurin Barnard
Mr GammonRupert Evans (2)
MichaelSteven Mackintosh
Butcher BrynRay Winstone
Mrs GammonKate Magowan
PippaKimberley Nixon
Ruby GammonGwyneth Keyworth
Elliot GammonWill Payne
Harry HopkinsJulian Lewis Jones

Crew

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DirectorRyan Andrews

Details

Theatrical distributor
Kaleidoscope
Released on
2012-04-20
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Formats
Colour
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