If you are any kind of fan of horror, drop whatever it is you’re doing, and go buy WITHER, right now. Seriously. If you’re still reading this, then you must not like good horror. This film is an amazing and visceral genre piece that EVERY horror fan and gore-hound should own. If this flick is any indication of where Swedish horror is headed, then sign me up.
If you are not familiar with WITHER, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Artsploitation Films:
This Swedish homage to Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead (1982) is a bloody, scary tale of demonic possession. A group of naive young people find their carefree weekend in an isolated country house unhinged when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-dredged body count mounts and with it, more creatures out for a taste of human flesh, freshly killed. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes and the kind of gore one does associate with Swedish cinema!
Man, this film blew me away. It is a gore-soaked fright-fest that kept me on the edge of my seat. It is definitely not what I was expecting, but that is such a good thing here. I can’t wait to see what the two directors do next.
WITHER is shot very well and the production value looks high. The acting is good, although the Swedish dialogue did throw me off a bit here and there. The story is intriguing, taken directly (if I understand correctly) from old Swedish folklore. I particularly like this aspect, as it lends a certain credibility to the film.
But what really wins me over with this one is the gore and the special effects. If you are squeamish in the least, do not watch this film. It is a grand-slam of good old fashioned carnage. There’s more gore in this gem of an import than many domestic titles have here at home. It is truly amazing.
I have to admit, too, that I am rather impressed with the homage that WITHER pays to Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD. This is not a remake, nor is it an attempt to outdo Raimi’s classic. This is simply a labor-of-love film that dedicates itself EVIL DEAD’s groundbreaking excellence.
I highly recommend WITHER to any and all horror fans out there. Gore-hounds will love the bloodbath and scare-freaks will love the thrills and chills. The film is available now, so be sure and check it out for sure.