Written and directed by Alex Carolyn
Distributed by Soda Pictures
This week, I picked up a copy of Soulmate from Fopp – having heard good things about its Director, Alex Carolyn, and her work.
I wasn’t disappointed, but I was little surprised by what I got.
This is a classic horror / ghost teal with a central character moving away to be alone following a tragedy, and venturing into a small village with just a violin for company. It comes with echoes of An American Werewolf in London with the slightly odd locals and the first vision of a bloodied and scarred apparition.
It was nice to see Nick Brimble on screen (I think the last time I saw him in a genre movie might well have been Frankenstein Unbound many years ago).
Soulmate is very much in The Woman in Black territory and made with a clear passion and understanding of the genre by its Writer/Director. With a strong central performance by Anna Walton as the damaged Audrey – and she shows her damage and concern from the get-go by sleeping with an axe in her hands, just in case we didn’t realise how worried she is. It’s not long before she starts to see the ghost of Douglas Talbot and, although the two characters do not know each other from before, there is something of a ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ vibe in places – the playing of the violin in the empty house gave me pause to recollect scenes with cello playing in the late Alan Rickman ghostly romance.
The film is a character-driven ghost-tale and something refreshing in this age of horror movies that seem set only on out-goring each other.
And, you can seek out Soulmate from amazon HERE.