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Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2019: Level 16 review

16-year-old Vivien (Katie Douglas) is amongst a bunch of ladies trapped in The Vestalis Academy. The strict boarding college requires its women to stick to various guidelines beneath the watchful eye of Miss Brixil (Sara Canning) till they’re prepared for adoption by a excessive society household. When Vivien strikes to up the sixteenth, and remaining, degree she is reunited with Sophia (Celina Martin), a former pal that betrayed her years earlier. As Vivien tries her finest to comply with the principles, Sophia reveals some shocking secrets and techniques concerning the academy and the ladies must work collectively to struggle for his or her freedom.

Level 16 is a sci-fi horror movie from author/director Danishka Esterhazy that retains you guessing till its horrifying conclusion. The movie takes the viewer straight into the story and it reveals its hand slowly, which saved me hooked all through its working time. It’s clear from the offset that the academy isn’t the revered establishment it purports to be however to the ladies trapped inside it, years of being institutionalised has made them blind to their actuality. As the ladies undergo the identical routine day by day, which incorporates taking their meds and guaranteeing they’re clear, they don’t actually query something about their lives.

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That all adjustments when Sophia shares her secrets and techniques with Vivien and the 2 women attempt to discover out what’s actually occurring. It’s a tense journey that can have you ever on the sting of your seat and the worry of being caught ‘unclean’ retains each women in a state of fixed worry. There are shades of hit TV present The 100 inside the movie as properly components of Lost and to a lesser extent Logan’s Run. After seeing the movie, you realise there are such apparent and clear clues given because the storyline progresses however they aren’t simple to recognise till you piece collectively what’s really occurring.

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A robust central efficiency from Katie Douglas as Vivien is among the movie’s strengths. She’s nothing in need of excellent, giving a tour-de-force that highlights her as a younger actress with quite a lot of potential. The 20-year-old offers a efficiency approach past her years and she or he’s actually glorious. Sara Canning, who is probably best-known for her function in The Vampire Diaries, is the movie’s largest revelation. She’s positively chilling as the varsity mam-ish Miss Brixil and you may assist however really feel scared of her each time she trots onto the display screen. There’s sturdy assist from Peter Outerbridge because the academy’s doctor Dr. Miro and Celina Martin because the partially blind Sophia.

Level 16
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Level 16 is full of pressure and environment and it’s a unique sort of horror movie. The horror right here doesn’t come from gore and shocks, though there’s a little bit of each, however as a substitute from the darkish facet of human behaviour. What’s maybe probably the most scary factor of all is that what occurs to those women in Level 16 doesn’t appear a far stretch from actuality. Esterhazy’s taut thriller is a unbelievable watch and one that can stand as much as repeat viewings.

Cast: Katie Douglas, Celina Martin, Sara Canning, Peter Outerbridge Director: Danishka Esterhazy Writer: Danishka Esterhazy Certificate: 15 Duration: 102 minutes Released by: Signature Entertainment

Level 16 will out there on Digital HD within the UK on 27th May 2019 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

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