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‘Torn Hearts’ Croons a Nation Music Horror Story

Set deep within the music scene of Nashville, Torn Hearts asks the age-old query; how far would you go to realize your desires? 

Produced by Blumhouse and Epix, written by Rachel Koller Croft, and directed by Brea Grant, Torn Hearts follows an bold nation music duo – Jordan (Abby Quinn) and Leigh (Alexxis Lemire) – striving to get their large break. When alternative knocks, they shoot their shot by searching for out the personal mansion of their idol, nation music legend Harper Dutch (Katey Sagal). After an evening of awkwardly imposed Southern hospitality, the ladies find yourself in a twisted sequence of horrors that power them to confront the bounds they’d go to for stardom. 

Torn Hearts combines nation music and horror; not a typical pairing, however a welcome one. The music is heartfelt and soulful, and there’s a folksy allure that makes the setting really feel concrete and outdoors of the world of horror. Earlier than issues flip bitter, it’s very straightforward to neglect that it’s a style movie.

As soon as Harper is launched, that actuality comes speeding in. Sagal as Harper has an imposing power. She’s completely glorious within the function, enjoying Harper with a vulnerability that nearly covers her lunacy. She’s chilly and calculating, however gives simply sufficient heat to maintain the fires of hope going. Harper gives each the carrot and the stick, giving a golden alternative with one hand, and unsettling thoughts video games with the opposite. 

In Sagal, Quinn, and Lemire, Grant has a proficient solid of musicians. It offers an earthy high quality to the movie, and it’s much more spectacular to study that one explicit sequence was recorded reside when filming the scene. 

Grant works extraordinarily nicely together with her solid to deliver out the perfect of their performances. And – as with 12 Hour Shift – it’s at all times thrilling to see a powerful function for a mature actress to essentially play with, notably in style cinema. As a personality, Harper Dutch could also be up there with Annie Wilkes and Pamela Voorhees. We’d like extra of that. 

The set and manufacturing design actually are impeccable. Harper’s stately, hyper-feminine manor is sort of a candy-coated, abrasively pink model of the Bates household house. The as soon as elegant life inside it has pale, as if the Barbie Dream Home was owned by Child Jane. It’s beautiful, and off-putting, and it’s the proper setting for a little bit of sinister Southern hospitality. 

Other than the nation and chaos, Torn Hearts does have fairly a bit to say. It focuses on relationships (enterprise, familial, and private) and the roles that ladies are supplied in society. We’re alleged to be sisterly however catty, be supportive however superior, and maintain excessive requirements however be sexually out there. 

Above that, Torn Hearts is in regards to the actuality of the leisure business and the ways in which ladies are basically cornered into competitors with each other. All combating for a similar restricted alternatives. As director Brea Grant says, “It’s a system that’s constructed to make us lose”.

With Torn Hearts, Croft and Grant discover what occurs when a once-beloved star fades previous her expiry date, discarded and forgotten, and what impact that has on somebody’s psyche. They spotlight how ladies are instructed time and time once more they’ve to make use of every part they must get forward, however are held again from alternatives. They expose the way in which that ladies are subtly pushed into aggressive comparability, and the way others revenue from it. 

Finally, Torn Hearts delivers a scrappy, sassy, rootin’ tootin’ horror, however with a nuanced edge that breaks onto heart stage for the movie’s climax. The playful mixture of music, insanity, and message demand a spot within the highlight, and it’s a catchy new tune for ladies in horror. Blumhouse and Epix’s straight-to-streaming horror movies have set a brand new customary.

4 eyes out of 5

You’ll be able to watch Torn Hearts now on digital! Try the trailer and poster under, and click on right here for our interview with director Brea Grant.


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