Film Review: The Furies

An Australian slasher film to keep the horror buffs more than satisfied

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Writer-director Tony D’Aquino’s riff on The Most Dangerous Game’s concept of humans hunting other humans harkens back to the horror films of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The Furies opens with two rebellious high school students, Kayla (Airlie Dodds) and Maddie (Ebony Vagulans), being abducted by shadowy figures. Kayla wakes up in a box in the middle of a forest with no idea how she got there or where Maddie is. Soon, she encounters other young women, including Alice (Kaitlyn Boye), Sally (Harriet Davies) and Sheena (Taylor Ferguson),who have also been kidnapped, dumped in the forest and are being hunted by terrifying masked figures (who are visually reminiscent of classic slashers like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Leatherface) for the amusement of a sadistic audience who are watching the carnage through cameras hidden inside the girl’s eyes. As the bodies begin piling up, Kayla fights to save as many girls as she can, reunite with Maddie and exact vengeance on those who put them there.

The real stars are the horrific kills, gore and astonishing practical effects. The film is overflowing with brutal kills and graphic violence, including a woman’s face being slowly removed by an axe, eyeballs cut out of heads, arms torn off, heads exploding and an axe splitting a woman’s head in two!

The gruesome prosthetics and makeup are distressingly convincing and D’Aquino’s refusal to rely on CGI must be commended.

However, the simplistic characters, moments of excessive melodrama and cringey dialogue holds this back from being a great film.

This movie is a simple and nasty carve ’em up with enough blood, gore and grizzly kills to keep most gore hounds satisfied for its brisk 82 minute run time.

The Furies opens tomorrow, November 7th.

Reviewed by Jordan Ellis

BLOODY & UNCOMPROMISING 3 stars

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