The Owlman is a fictional entity, similar to the Internet-born cryptid Slender Man, from Lawrie Brewster’s fantastic indie horror film, Lord of Tears. Owls have always unnerved me just a little bit, so seeing a man-sized version, likely born from a forgotten corner of some dark abyss, has helped those feathery demons climb to the near-top of my ‘animals to watch’ list. Right below Jaws.
Watch the Owlman stalk Chat Roulette on his search for souls after the break.
Hey do you guys remember 2013? That sunovabitch went by fast, didn’t it? As far as horror goes, I think it was a pretty solid year. This was the first time in a few years where I didn’t have any real difficulty picking my favorites. There are only a few that would be considered 100% horror films – the others are cross-breeds and genre mutts. Some strong indie showings made the list, some big-budget flicks, as well as the return to form for a master director. Overall, 2013 was a mixed bag, but in the best way possible.
While I didn’t have trouble picking my 10 favorites, actually ranking them in order would probably give my a full on panic attack. So my list is presented in alphabetical order for my sanity’s sake. READ MORE
When was the last time a movie got under your skin? Really unnerved you to the point that afterwards, you had to walk around the block or hug your dog? That’s the feeling that Lawrie Brewster’s Lord of Tears left me with. The Scottish film blends the classic Hammer sensibilities with strong storytelling and an atmosphere of thick dread not easily shaken off after it’s over. It’s a throwback horror film and I mean that in the best way possible – Lord of Tears relies on ambiance and shadows to frighten the audience, rather than gore that can be laughed away seconds later. The goal of the filmmakers was to create something different while paying homage to intellectual horror films of yore. The result is something genuinely special.
After the death of his mother, a bookish school teacher named James (Euan Douglas) inherits his family’s estate in Baldurrock. Strangely enough, although she bequeathed it to him, she asks that he never go there. James hasn’t been to the house since he was a child, when events took place that his memory has since repressed. Hoping to make sense of his mother’s request, James moves into Baldurrock House. There he begins to experience recurring nightmares of a man with a giant owl’s head and enormous talons. The owl speaks in esoteric riddles and rhyme – but is he trying to help James, or lead him to his destruction? READ MORE
Lord of Tears tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher plagued by recurring nightmares of a mysterious and unsettling entity. Suspecting that his visions are linked to a dark incident in his past, James returns to his childhood home, a notorious mansion in the Scottish Highlands, where he uncovers the disturbing truth behind his dreams, and must fight to survive the brutal consequences of his curiosity.
I’ve never trusted owls. You just never know what evil is lurking behind those beady eyes, but until now I never thought I’d have a reason to actually fear them. Granted, the creature we see in the new trailer for Lord of Tears, the first horror film by Director/producer Lawrie Brewster, is more man than owl, complete with disturbingly large hands and big dead eyes I can only guess it used to peer deep into your soul as it proceeds to ruin your day.
Brewster describes the film as “the type of story I enjoy watching, the creepy type of thriller that gets under your skin, with unexpected twists, and memorable and disturbing supernatural inspired imagery. We take inspiration from classic British chillers such as The Haunting and The Legend of Hell House whilst adding our own, Scottish Celtic twist to the mix.” After watching the trailer, there’s definitely something about the Owlman that gets under my skin.
Check out the film’s new trailer and a batch of screens after the break!