AMONG THE LIVING (REVIEW)
Dir. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
Reviewer. Martyn Wakefield
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE meets STAND BY ME in a film that doesn’t stick to the formula and holds even more shock and gore below the blood drenched surface. From the duo behind LIVIDE and the forthcoming TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE prequel LEATHERFACE, comes a feature that breaks away from your usual predictable horror.
After a harrowing start, a widowed father and his sons go into hiding from the world. As age paces by, so do their living habits and while the family struggle to survive, a taste for blood is the only thing that keeps them in the land of the living.
Moody, violent and viciously nasty, AMONG THE LIVING is every bit as terrifying as it is melancholy. The family under their reclusive habitat are soon discovered by three children, who upon seeing their latest hunt, are forced to run for their lives taking the horror from their seclusion of the family’s residence to the homes of the three children.
Opening up as your typical euro-nasty, this film has layers of story that ends with some emotion for the captors in what is ultimately a cat and mouse tale between a family of sociopaths and three kids.
There are moments of wince-inducing terror to be had with AMONG THE LIVING and the film doesn’t shy away from sharing this on screen, for those who’ve seen the likes of LIVIDE and FRONTIERS will understand what’s on show here and the disturbing family share much with Rob Zombie’s Firefly family from the 1000 CORPSES series.
While writer/directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury haven’t quite matched the unique values of LIVIDE, this is a sure fire hit to add to their repertoire making them two of the genres rising talents and with LEATHERFACE arriving later this year, their English language debut has a lot to live up to.