Review : The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh

416904_258453500904910_1119559100_nThe Last Will and Testament Of Rosalind Leigh is a film that gives us horror fans hope amongst the onslaught of remakes and re-imaginings we are faced with these days. Written and directed by long-time Rue Morgue editor Rodrigo Gudino, this outstanding debut film is enough to remind us all why we still believe in our beloved genre.

941178_443911412369744_2077702759_nIt is a slow-burning, quiet film from the start, as young artist Leon returns to his mother’s home following her unexpected death. The mood of isolation and loneliness is established quickly and expertly as he wanders through the dusty cluttered old house, to the voice of his dead mother, confessing “I leave everything to the only person in my life, you.”

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The mood is consistently striking as Leon explores the old house, finding more odd things the more he looks around. He learns that his mother has purchased everything he has ever created. He finds that she was deeply involved in something bizarre, some kind of cult of angels. Some kind of “sick animal” scratches at a locked door that has no key. Things are slowly revealed to be not what they
Leon’s mind seems to be slowly unraveling.

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The use of sound is effective and jarring throughout the film, particularly a sequence near the middle of the film where Leon follows the deliberate trail left to him, enabling him to communicate with the dead. As he (and the audience) listen to a hypnotic voice-over via cassette tape, urging us to clear our minds and let go of everything, to tune to the right frequencies, the film shifts into an even more uneasy tone where we are not sure what is real anymore.

The feelings of uneasiness and isolation delicately explode during the film’s third act, which poses more questions than it answers. The creep factor is amped up to nearly unbearable levels in the films climactic scenes, which feature some genuinely disturbing images that are sure to stick with you long after seeing the film.

rosalind3The film seems to be saying that everything is fragile.
Faith, reality, and especially human beings.
A deeply sad and emotionally honest horror film about loneliness and the fragility of it all is just what we need in the genre right now.
See this movie as soon as you can, for a breath of fresh air and an experience you wont soon forget.
Grade : A
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