The Unkindness of Ravens, the much anticipated second feature from Lawrie Brewster, will have its world premiere at London’s FrightFest, which runs from the 25th to the 29th of August.
The Unkindness of Ravens was shot on location in Fife and Perthshire, Scotland, by a fearless and dedicated Scottish crew led by director Lawrie Brewster. An international co-production between Hex Media and Dark Dunes productions, in association with 3rd Monkey Productions, Lights Out Productions, and Zoghogg Studios, the film blends the psychological with the supernatural in a nightmarish tale of one man’s journey into hell.
Despite being a low-budget film, The Unkindness of Ravens is extremely ambitious, featuring tons of original practical effects and tastefully-used CGI to give the film an epic quality, defying its indie credentials. It’s an action-packed and unsettling thrill-ride, but it also has something important to say about the effect of the horrors of war on the human mind, a theme which the film explores through beautiful poetry and brutal violence.
The film tells the story of Andrew, a homeless veteran suffering from PTSD. Haunted by flashbacks of a traumatic event he witnessed while serving in the armed forces, Andrew travels to a retreat in the remote Scottish Highlands. There, he hopes to overcome his fear of ravens, the dark creatures that trigger his visions — but in the bleak wilderness, his nightmares take a form more terrifying than he could ever have imagined. He must battle these monsters as well as his own inner demons in order to keep his life and reclaim his sanity.
Starring Jamie Scott Gordon, the film takes cues from past movies like Jacob’s Ladder and The Witch as it follows Andrew’s horrific journey.
Brewster’s first film, Lord of Tears, a slow-burn gothic chiller also penned by writer Sarah Daly, received critical acclaim and earned the duo an avid fan base. With this, their second feature, they want to push the boundaries of the genre further. According to the director, the film is “an unsettling, visceral commentary on the mental turmoil that war leaves in its wake. It’s brutal, it’s relentless — but it’s also thought-provoking. Expect to be traumatized!”
Back in December 2015, the film broke records whn it became the most-funded UK horror ever on Kickstarter, with 635 backers pledging over £44,000 to help complete the project. Following the premiere, backers can look forward to a real treat in the Special 3-Disc Edition of the film, set to include hours of behind-the-scenes action, interviews, deleted scenes, short films, and more. This Special Edition is available to pre-order now.
Horror Channel FrightFest is the UK’s biggest, best, and most renowned genre festival, and its seventeenth year sees yet another enhancement of its core mission to bring the findest in home-grown and international fear to the dark heart of London, between 25 – 29 August.