Sure, we're all intrigued to see Tilda Swinton transform into a weird old man for the Suspiria remake, but does Suspiria have an owl-headed monster in a vintage tail suit? No. No it doesn't. Another thing it doesn't have, is originality — it's a remake after all. The Black Gloves, on the other hand, is bursting with it.
I've been following the work of director and writer team Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly since their first feature Lord of Tears. The film was an indie fan favorite with its eerie atmosphere and clever twists, and it introduced the world to the dreaded Owlman, who has since risen to fame in a series of hilarious (and somewhat controversial) viral pranks.
The duo are known for producing bold, original films at a budget level where schlock prevails. They're clearly passionate about story and pushing the boundaries of the #horror genre with every project they put out.
From the press release:
'The Black Gloves' tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity.
In the bleak Scottish highlands, Finn counsels his new patient under the watchful eye of her sinister dance teacher. He soon finds himself entangled in a ballet of paranoia, dark agendas and a maze of deadly twists and turns, as the legend of the Owlman becomes a terrifying reality.
The film stars Spanish horror icon Macarena Gomez, the beautiful and terrifying sea priestess from Dagon (2001), and Nicholas Vince, the infamous chatterer from Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987).
Shot in black and white, The Black Gloves joins a growing list of indie horrors going monochrome, most recently The Eyes of my Mother (2016), Darling (2015) and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014). Why the trend? I don't know. But I like it, and it works especially well for this retro throwback.
Check out the new teaser trailer and see what you think:
The filmmakers just launched a crowdfunder where you can pre-order their three-disc edition or even become a producer. Having backed them before, I can assure you that they put as much care into their packaging as they do their movies, which is a lot!
Are you more inclined to support indie horror or big-budget productions?