From Swedenís Ronny Carlsson, an evocative 43 minute head-scratcher
involving a tormented woman, a house in a forest and a great deal of
The camera phone lensed CREATURE 2013, co-directed by
its star Daniela Melin, is the final entry in a trilogy of sorts that
commenced with RECOMPENCE
(2010) and DUST BOX
(2012). All are marked by highly enigmatic narratives, disarmingly
placid rustic scenery and much traditional horror iconography (in this
case an extremely gory special effects packed finale).
Look for this one on DVD in 2014.
The tormented Natalaya parks her car at the edge of a
forest. Entering the forest--a flashback shows her arguing with her
sister about doing so, with the latter advising against it--she heads to
an abandoned house, apparently to face some none-too-pleasant memories.
Upon entering Natalaya finds a room where something resides (we
donít get a full glimpse of what).
Another flashback reveals Natalaya recounting childhood
memories involving apples she coated with poisonous paint that were
eaten by a man who later died.
Back in the forest Natalaya takes a walk outside the
house, but runs back in when what looks like a tall man with a towel
wrapped around his head approaches. As night falls Natalaya tries to
hide in the house, only to hear a voice outside growl ďI can hear you.Ē
Later she digs up a box in the forest, unearthing a
roll of film and pieces of paper filled with odd drawings and symbols.
She also confronts the spectral source of her torment, a meeting that
ironically takes place in an urban setting of pipes and concrete,
followed by a spectacularly gory final reckoning.
As in RECOMPENSE, CREATURE 2013íS luminous
black-and-white photography is a standout, with the most effective
scenes shot in pitch darkness with only a flashlight for illumination.
The quick snatches of color are also extremely well utilized, creating
an effectively jarring impression.
Further standouts are the overtly surreal bits. The
techniques employed--in particular the strobing lights accompanied by
ominous sound effects--seemed a bit obvious to these eyes but did their
job nonetheless, creating an atmosphere of hallucinatory apprehension
and foreboding. The gory finale admittedly seemed a bit out of place
amid an otherwise resolutely suggestive and atmospheric canvas, yet the
blood-and-slime filled final scenes succeed in finishing things off in
memorable fashion; itís actually refreshing to see a horror-art film
that doesnít end in open-ended and/or inconclusive fashion.
The ultimate impression is one of some nameless horror
thatís forever out of reach. I wonít pretend to have entirely understood
this film, but understanding doesnít seem to be the point. As with all
the finest horror-art films (such as ERASERHEAD and
best to simply surrender oneself to all the superbly mounted
strangeness, of which thereís plenty on display here.
Film Bizarro Productions
Directors/Screenplay/Cinematography: Ronny Carlsson, Daniela Melin
Producer: Ronny Carlsson
Cast: Daniela Melin, Akinna Orbegah, Robert Ericsson