Here at DAILY GRINDHOUSE, we have been keeping an eye on the horror films from the emerging directing/writing team of Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly. After their very low-budget success with 2013’s LORD OF TEARS and the festival buzz surrounding their ambitious follow-up THE UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS, news has come down that their next film is THE BLACK GLOVES, a “Gothic noir” that features The Owlman, the surreal villain from LORD OF TEARS.
From the press release:
THE BLACK GLOVES tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity.
In the bleak Scottish highlands, Finn counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher. He soon finds himself entangled in a ballet of paranoia, dark agendas and a maze of deadly twists and turns, as the legend of the Owlman becomes a terrifying reality.
The film stars Spanish horror icon Macarena Gomez, best known for her role as the iconic sea priestess in Stuart Gordon’s DAGON and her recent powerhouse performance in MUSARAÑAS (SHREW’S NEST). Also starring are genre legend Nicholas Vince (HELLRAISER, NIGHTBREED) and Jamie Scott-Gordon, who won much praise for his performance in Brewster’s gritty folk horror THE UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS. Alexandra Nicole Hulme (Girls, Smash, Glee), an acclaimed dancer and choreographer, who also appeared in LORD OF TEARS, stars as the troubled ballerina.
I am all for more risk-taking and ambition in low budget genre films. Too often, filmmakers fall back on cost-cutting tactics like found footage and characters trapped in one location that often have clichéd results. That is why it is nice to see Brewster going out of his way to try something new with each film. It remains to be seen if he is over-reaching with THE UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS and now THE BLACK GLOVES, but I would prefer to see a film fall short of its ambitions than not try at all.
The film has completed shooting and Brewster is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for post-production with an eye toward an Autumn 2017 release.
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Tags: Alexandra Nicole Hulme, Dagon, Hellraiser, Jamie Scott-Gordon, Lawrie Brewster, Lord of Tears, Macarena Gomez, Musaranas, Nicholas Vince, Nightbreed, Sarah Daly, Shrew's Nest, The Black Gloves, The Unkindness of Ravens