TAD 2019: Our Review of ‘The Furies’

TAD 2019: Our Review of ‘The Furies’

A Shudder streaming platform exclusive, its been on the service since the beginning of October, TAD’s Sunday evening selection of the Aussie slasher The Furies is a film made strictly for gore hounds desperate to see coeds get mutilated like its the 1980’s and 90’s all over again. Reminiscent of previous TAD selection, 2012’s vile and near-unwatchable Inbred, The Furies pours on the gore with a threadbare script that still manages to bore the audience.

Two friends, Kayla (Airlie Dodds) and Maddie (Ebony Vagulans), are abducted late one night. Kayla awakes in an unknown forest, with Maddie nowhere to be found, inside a mysterious box labeled Beauty 6. Soon she realizes she, and other females around her own age, have been placed inside a “game” where masked killers dubbed Beasts stalk and kill everyone. Kayla, an epileptic that is now without her medicine, somehow can see what the killers see whilst she has seizures and uses this knowledge to find Maddie.

The realization of just how stupid this script should become painfully obvious after reading the last line of the previous paragraph. Yes, epileptic seizures as a superpower, bloody hell. The film does very little to explain or validate its decisions throughout the film as the script seems like an afterthought. The gore effects are pretty spectacular though, even if its derivative stuff we’ve seen before in better films.

The only saving grace is the fact that Dodds and her main costar Linda Ngo (another one of the abducted coeds named Rose) are very skilled actresses that are able to raise this drivel to a watchable level. Ngo, in particular, does great work as she keeps Rose’s intentions vague and unpredictable. But the film is saddled with such an extremely dumb ending that no audience member should be left satisfied.

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