Charismata, Delves Deep into Psychological, Subconscious
Writers: Andy Collier, Toor Mian
Release Date: September 30, 2017
Release Format: Film Festival
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes
Psychological horror about a police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders.
Charismata will premiere on September 30, 2017 at the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival. Produced by Loose Canon Films and Hydra Films RKM.
Rebecca Faraway is a detective working with her partner on a murder case. She has visions and hallucinations that threaten her sanity and stability with work. After being terminated, she digs deeper to find out what her visions mean and if any meaning is found. This leads her into a cat-and-mouse chase with a mad man trying to complete a sacrificial ritual. And she has become his newest bait.
The cinematography and the computer generated special effects go hand-in-hand with this film. They collaborate to give the film a heightened experience. Initially, the camera angles are focused. They are up-close and personal with the subject at hand. Thanks to the special effects of certain scenes, it’s like watching a dreamscape film sometimes. The lighting and tone are dim, being the film is a dark film.
The cast performances are outstanding. Sarah Beck Mather does a great portrayal of handling a tough job as well as trying to keep her condition under wraps. But she snaps in the process and during the case of her strenuous job.
Jamie Sattherthwaite (Michael Sweet) puts on one of the best antagonist portrayals I’ve seen. He starts off as a good guy then switches over when he sees his plan falling into place. He balances this transition well.
Charismata has an intriguing story. It’s a story you’ve seen countless times. Detectives investigating a horrific criminal case while a maniac is attempting to open the gates of hell or summon the Antichrist has been a staple in Horror for decades. What makes Collier and Mian’s film different is its direction in the story.
The costume wardrobe and makeup are good. Given the film, not much thought needs to be in this department. It’s the creature effects where creativity comes into play. The makeup of the demon is very impressive. It strays from being mediocre as with like-minded films.
The special effects are amazing. From the effects of the scene transitions as I have mentioned to the effects of the violent scenes. Great quality in this area. Charismata starts slow the first 30 minutes. When the film picks up it has a great creep factor that becomes dark and macabre. Rebecca becomes plagued with frequent night terrors. The thing here is that this sequence shows in a way that the viewer can’t distinguish what’s real and what is a dream. This film gives off the natural scare that only psychological films can give. There are no over the top jump scares. Violence and kill scenes are not very drastic except for one scene.
The score is a nice selection of mellow compositions with introduction accompanied by an instrumental piece. With the tending has a soft opera song. Interwoven in the film is dramatic theatrical sounds and vibrations.
2. In Conclusion
Charismata takes a familiar pitch and creates its own path around that pitch. The cinematography, special effects, and practical effects enhance the experience tremendously. The film interweaves between reality and dream. It’s difficult to figure out what is real and what is not, but this technique works in the film’s favor and one quality that distinguishes it from the rest of its theme.
The trailer for Charismata delivers mystery and suspense as does the movie. You can see the strains the case has on Rebecca Faraway as she struggles to put together the pieces of the puzzle. It has one of the best psychological twists I have seen in this theme.
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