I recently got to screen horror-thriller Julia, which premiered at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2014, and stars Ashley C. Williams as Julia. Julia is a young woman who is drugged and raped by four men. She begins a treatment of extreme therapy with a group led by Dr. Sgundud (Jack Noseworthy), which is meant to help empower her to regain control of her life through violent means. But Julia soon takes matters into her own hands and seeks revenge.
The movie has a very gritty, neo-punk feel, and really brings out the seedy underworld feel of New York, which was where it was both set and filmed. While this type of revenge story isn't hard to find in the horror genre, with franchises like I Spit On Your Grave continuing to put out sequels, I found Julia a much more interesting watch, and a much more unique entry to the subgenre.
The gore was well done and while you do see blood, most of the actual carnage is implied and just out of frame. The effect is still strong and several scenes are pretty cringeworthy. The plot is engaging and moves at a good pace up until its climax which was quite good. It was very interesting to see the change in Julia's character throughout the film and Ashley C. Williams did a great job portraying the role.
Julia is the directorial debut of Matthew A. Brown, who also wrote the film, and I can say that he definitely has my attention and I am looking forward to seeing some of his future work. This is one of the more enjoyable indie films I have seen lately and really do recommend this film. Be sure to check out the trailer if you haven't had a chance.