Category: Movies, Reviews
By Ryan Javier Only shown one time at a festival in Mexico, this lesser known Hungarian/American film will be available on iTunes and other platforms sometime before the end of February 2015. Styria, also known as Angel of Darkness (US title), is a modern day gothic horror film that takes place in Eastern Europe. Beginning a tense border crossing, Dr. Hill, played by Stephen Rea, and his teenage daughter Lara who is played by Eleanor Tomlinson, travel to a forgotten Hungarian castle. Dr. Hill is a research scientist hoping to retrieve and save the ancient murals that line the inner walls of the abandoned structure. Having recently been expelled from boarding school, Dr. Hill’s estranged daughter, Lara, tags along. As, he begins the painstaking task of carefully removing, cataloging and packing the murals, Dr. Hill faces surmounting odds as problems arise with corrupt government officials and incompetent workers. Meanwhile, Lara spends her days studying with her tutor and she spends her evenings and night exploring the castle and surrounding grounds. One evening Lara meets a strange teenage girl named Carmilla. It’s then that things turn decidedly from drama to horror. Carmilla, a transient gypsy and village outcast, lives in the belly of the dilapidated castle. A strange friendship forms between the two girls and quickly grows into an unbreakable bond. As the true colors of the castle itself begin to unfurl, D. Hill uncovers the building’s dark past and hidden images of an unimaginable evil. Filled with scenes that border surreal and blurring the line between fantasy and reality, Styria is a horror film that transcends traditional genre ideals. There is blood, however most of the fear is generated through suspense and emotional build-up during key sequences. Sytria is based upon the novel, Carmilla, by Sheridan Le’Fanu, and is directed by Mauricio Chernovetzky & Mark Devendorf. The film is unrated, however due to the level of violence and certain suggestive scenes, I would say this would be an R if rated by the MPAA, and I would recommend this title to viewers over the age of 18.  

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