When tackling the horror genre, anyone can tell you how important sound, cinematography, editing, and music must come together in order to hold nuanced horror in a sophisticated manner. Lorcan Finnegan’s Without Name attempts this feat in a new indie horror film that is a slow-burn environmental thriller that presents an ominous tone throughout.
Without Name centers around land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) who travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland, to assess its suitability for a new development project. Here, he sets up temporary residence, in an old unused house, right in the midst of the forest. Eric learns about the man who once occupied the house and begins to discover that all is not what it would appear to be in the woods. The idyllic backdrop almost seems to speak back to him and an ominous lingering presence fills him with a sense of dread. Alone and alienated from urban existence, he becomes increasingly fascinated yet disturbed by his surroundings. Are there really external and sinister elements at play here or is Eric becoming a prisoner of his own thoughts, in this place Without Name?
Not to fret though, we have a trailer so you can get an idea if this is a movie for you. Crank up the volume and throw this into full-screen and just let the atmosphere wash over you:
Any future work from Finnegan could be something to keep your eye out for, as Without Name sustains a mood full of dread and solid acting complete with a Mother Nature in revolt horror complete with acid-induced images. Although it’s an introspective and rather abstract film, genre fans who take an interest in the independent fringes where budget, gore or much of an outward approach to its characters or story should take note.
Without Name was developed with writer Garret Shanley and producer Brunella Cocchiglia through the Irish Film Board’s 2014 Catalyst Project. The goal of the project was to give Irish emerging talent the opportunity to create a fully funded feature film. Out of 88 applications, three winners were selected to produce a feature with access to key industry experts who offered mentorship and guidance along the way, making Without Name the director’s feature film directorial debut.
Check out the official poster, as well:
The film has a soft-release date of May 10, but it’s not yet known how far-reaching that release will be, but rest assured this will be picked up by someone and probably be released via a streaming service or VOD. Without Name premiered in the Vanguard section at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
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