A truly well-made horror film is more than just guts and gore. It always keeps you guessing. It confuses and twists you every which way. It leaves you questioning everything. This is what makes 3 such a compelling film, and despite its low budget, it is easily one of the better horrors of the year.
3, written and directed by Lou Simon, focuses on the story of He (Todd Bruno) and She (Aniela McGuinness). She was raped just over a year ago, with no evidence to convict or even accuse her attacker. He is an Iraq veteran suffering from PTSD who, when off his medication, has violent tendencies. Together, they kidnap her rapist in an attempt to extract a confession. But as He and She will soon learn, things are never quite what they seem.
3 may appear to be a rape revenge film. The tagline, “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for a hand, foot for a foot”, says a lot. But this movie is so much more than that. More than anything else, it’s about identity. Both He and She are haunted by their pasts. He needs someone to protect, someone to fight for. And she needs someone who can protect her, who can be her savior. There’s no question that its poetic. But of course, it isn’t that simple. If her rapist were to go to jail, it would ease both of their minds. But extracting a confession isn’t easy. And It (Mike Stanley) isn’t so cooperative. She wants nothing more than to put the assault behind her. But they’re both in too deep now, and He’s willing to do anything to get him to confess.
As one might expect from an indie horror flick, 3 isn’t big on gore. While there are certainly cringe-worthy moments, Simon leaves some of the violence up to the audience’s imagination, and this is the best decision she could have made. Low budget special effects often look just that – low budget. It can really take you out of the film and lower the fulfillment of the experience. But what 3 lacks in gore, it makes up for in mind-bending twists and turns. Simon’s ability to mess with people’s minds is unquestionable. Hugely suspenseful, this film is filled to the brim with plot twists that you will genuinely not anticipate. As soon as you think you understand what’s going on, Simon pulls you in the opposite direction. It’s clear that she is an expert in psychological thrillers. Let me say it now: Lou Simon is definitely a director to keep your eye on.
A film that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first second to the last, 3 is a perfect example of a well-told and intriguing horror flick. Lou Simon and her team prove that indie horror can easily measure up to the box office hits and that sometimes, they’re even better. Without a doubt, this is a must-watch, so keep your eyes peeled. It will be appearing in the following Film Festivals:
New York City Horror Film Fest in New York, NY, USA
Spooky Empire Film Festival in Orlando, FL, USA
Cine-Excess Film Festival in Birmingham, UK
Rome International Film Festival in Rome, GA, USA
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