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Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

tisdag 24 april 2018

SARGAD (2017)

Directed by: Andres R. Ramos
Written by: Sarah Giercksky
Stars:  Sarah Giercksky, Jesper Hell, Xander Turian... read more

Country: Sweden
Style: Drama | Thriller
Runtime: 1h 33min
DATE: 2018-04-24 | WRITER: RICHARD TAYLOR SCREENSHOTS:

Indie Swedish rape/revenge film from director Andres R. Ramos and writer/main star Sarah Giercksky. The title 'Sargad' means wounded in English. If your inhabiting social media such as Facebook you might recognize Sarah's long red locks of hair from the YouTube reviewer group Bitches Of Horror. Giercksky and Jasmine Martinez host the horror review blog where they tackle a number of horror titles and give their opinions on them. Jasmine Martinez is also involved in Sargad with the effects and is an assistant director.

Sargad hails from Sweden and the film is in the native tongue with English subtitles. I actually enjoyed that they filmed it in the language. For me it made the acting very credible more so than if they went with English. It just makes more sense because its from Sweden and the performances would have felt less authentic if they tried to go the other route. I'm also a lover of foreign cinema in general and have no qualms with subtitles so I look forward to them.

Sargad tells the story of a mother and her two daughters who return to a nostalgic cottage in the woods to spread their deceased fathers ashes. One of the daughters Elina (Giercksky) visits a lady by the name of Marit (Birgitta Nord) who is an old childhood friend of the family. Marit begins acting strangely and tells Elina she must leave immediately. After a good 20 minutes of plot setup and family reminiscing, Elina meets up with an old boyfriend (Xander) then finally a couple of masked figures appear in the woods but they just observe Elina's sister Lily (Tindra Hedlund) and fade away once again. This subtle scene of the two masked men casually brushing on by Lily unbeknownst to her is probably my favourite moment in the film, its handled very well.

The masked men appear again and terrorize the women, leaving Elina for dead and the others are brought back to the cottage. Elina struggles to get back to the cottage and patch herself up with an office stapler and duct tape. She then finds her wounded mother and dead sister. She seeks out to get revenge on the men responsible a la 'I Spit On Your Grave' style. Some nice effects in particular a scene featuring a well done prosthetic penis bisection.

Sargad technically is not bad at all, its shot well, the performances from its cast are good for this type of budget and the production values look decent. I believe its faults lie in some of its execution and the material. The story has been done to death time and time again and in a much more extreme fashion. A group of women are attacked by local murderous men and made victims, the women or one woman strikes back and gets her revenge. This story is familiar no matter what country it takes place whether it be Sweden, Canada or the U.S.

I know for Giercksky it was one of her first main films she was involved in and I've heard she has since been busy in acting school improving her craft so hopefully with more time and experience she improves and delivers some great new material. She is an obvious strong presence on the screen and seems to have a good following on social media, but no, she does not get naked in this movie so don't pick it up if your expecting are hoping for this. A decent effort here, just needs more originality and it could be a bit shorter. Overall if you are a fan of indie cinema and dig revenge films in the vein of 'Death Weekend' or 'I Spit On Your Grave' then I think Sargad will tickle your interest.


My rating: 3 out of 5









MORE DETAILS:

Produced by: James S.M. Parker
Cinematography by: Javier Vilar Ehrlin, Andres R. Ramos
Editing by: Javier Vilar Ehrlin, Joakim Gustafsson, Andres R. Ramos
Special Effects by: Martin Cederberg, Anders Dahl, Sarah Giercksky, Alicia Henriksson, Jasmine Martinez
Music by: Our Untold Story, Xander Turian
Language: Swedish 
Color: Color

Distributor: Cuprite Productions | Bloody Fierce Productions



RICHARD TAYLOR:

Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.
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