Kelvin Tong’s “The Offering” a Dark Drama with Horror, Mystery
Kelvin Tong Director, Writer
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
When young and successful reporter Jamie finds out that her sister has died in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Singapore to uncover the truth. There, she discovers multiple deaths linked to her sister’s and must join forces with her sister’s husband in order to defeat a demonic entity that is using new technology to complete an ancient mission.
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Kelvin Tong’s “The Offering” also has a working title of “The Faith of Anna Waters”. It’s pretty much the classic demonic possession/evil entity story, but adds it’s own flare to allow it stand on its own and have it’s own voice. Demonic possession films, just as found footage films, are on the rise. Since the classic tale of “The Exorcist” (1973, William Friedkin), filmmakers and directors have been re-inventing, re-creating, and re-imagining the old demonic possession franchise. Some films succeed, and some do not. Kelvin Tong’s “The Offering”, or “The Faith of Anna Waters” succeeds in its own way.
“The Offering” starts off as most demonic possession films start. We witness some intense, tragic event before the story goes back to the beginning to thoroughly tell the story. A man, obviously possessed by the evil entity, is being reprimanded and exorcised to drive the entity out of him. Fast forward to the Present Day, Jamie Waters (Elizabeth Rice) receives an urgent message that her sister, Anna Waters (Rayann Condy) has passed away. When travels to Singapore to find out what happened, the doctors tell her that Anna’s death was a case of self-inflicted asphyxiation as a result of Huntington’s disease, a severe illness that can cause a number of side-effects, including death. Anna also learns from the doctors, that her niece, Katie Harris (Adina Herz), has the same illness.
During this dreadful visit, the doctors reveal a tape to Jamie, showing Anna in her act of self-inflicted
asphyxiation. After the startling discovery, things begin to get very eerie for Jamie and Katie, as they begin to experience strange visions, hallucinations, and events. This leads Jamie on a chase to discover the truth, as she heads down a dark and troubling path that leads to a series of tragic events, all connecting the dots to the ultimate grand finale.
The plot and storyline for Kelvin Tong’s “The Offering” (“The Faith of Anna Waters”) are very good. It starts off kind of slow, just as any demonic possession film, but gradually builds up to a grand finale. However, the wait is not boring and tedious. It’s more of slowly putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Kelvin Tong’s “The Offering” is redefining. The trappings of a classing demonic possession story with its own touch, enough to make it stand out from the rest and not be a comparison to the rest of the films in its genre.
The cinematography, practical effects, and special effects are amazing. A lot of demonic possession films have a way of looking very cheesy and b-movie-ish. “The Offering” is one indie film that avoids the typical cliches that you encounter in these kinds of films.
The performances in “The Offering” start off very basic. Up until the intense moments of the film, the face expressions of the cast members are just…expressionless. The responses to some dramatic moments in the film are very bland, and it’s difficult to interpret which scene they are in. If that makes any sense. This finally picks up a bit during the film’s most intense moments.
The scare factor in “The Offering” is pretty much like your average demonic possession film. There’s no edge-of-your-seat scare, but there are a few moments of surprise, where things kind of jump out at you and say “Boo!” Now, my nerves are always on edge with these kinds of surprises, and no matter how prepared I try to be, I am never prepared enough. I always flinch when things “jump” out at me.
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