Attack of the Herbals
Not one of your typical gore fests. This isn't a entrails hanging from the ceiling, buckets and buckets of blood kind of movie, but for such
a low budget and being David Keiths first full movie, it was pretty darn <(substituted for d*mn ) good. Though the acting is, truthfully quite poor at times (many
of whom are first time actors with day jobs), it adds to the charm of this indie comedy horror. And it is very charming indeed.
Obviously this was a labour of love for all involved in the making of this film. You could tell that the actors put their heart and souls into
their characters, some were quite tense in front of the camera and this showed through. Given a few more years experience in front of a
camera and i am sure they will relax and be more natural. That being said, they still managed to draw me in and have me cheering on the
goodies and scowling at the baddies. It may not have wide appeal as it is mainly all scottish actors and accents. They seemed to enunciate
a lot, i'm guessing this is to remove the strong scottish lilt and be better understood by non scots. Though it did seem to slow the natural
flow of the dialogue. The cinematography to me was quite outstanding for an indie. I have seen many an independant movie spoiled by
bad camera work. A small selection of scenes did seem a tad drawn out and could have still conveyed the comedic situation in a shorter
time frame. The script written by Alisdair Cook (* Scientist), David Keith (story/screenplay) and Liam Matheson (Bennett
Campbell/screenplay) was in my opinion brilliant. The humour (granny and grandad McTavishs banter made me laugh out loud at times),
the hilarious zany characters and the overall plot for the movie was refreshing and fairly original.
This movie may not appeal to many, but who cares!.... I for one enjoyed it. I relished every blood thirsty gutteral growl, dismembered
human body part (plus one poor wee cats parts) and blood soaked character fleeing and wheeling for their life.
They must have filmed on the rare days that the north east was sunny.