Dark Nature

Dark Nature

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Anton Bitel

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The making-of featurette begins with director Marc de Launay stating his ambition to cross genre material with arthouse sensibilities while subverting expectations and never patronising the audience. There is also a brief interview with Vanya Eadie (Jane Petrie) on the difficulties of crying and screaming for hours and an even briefer interview with Iain Andrews (Gary) on the difficulties of shooting a heterosexual sex scene when you are gay.

Most, however, of the featurette's 27 minutes is given over to dull, commentary-free behind-the-scenes footage and to a gallery of production stills, as though everything in the electronic press kit had been lumped together under one title.

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Much better are the two short films included. The Last Noel (2004, 8 min), directed by de Launay, shows a cynical – if ultimately not too cynical – encounter between a sharp, sceptical boy and a depressive amnesiac who might just be Santa Claus. Contorted Hazel (2006, 24 min), written and produced by de Launay and directed by John Gorman, sees a young boy's nightmares come to life in a spooky old house, and is a textbook exercise in primal fires and haunting atmosphere.

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2013
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A woman and her family come under attack while on holiday in the Highlands.
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Product Code: MBF030

Region: 2

Ratio: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Extras: The Making of Dark Nature, The Last Noel, Contorted Hazel, trailer

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