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Indie Horror Movies: Assessment: Blades within the Darkness

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Gary / Indie Horror Movies, 2023
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Blades within the Darkness (aka Kthetrat e Shqiponjes)
by Alex Visani
Aspide 1 Productions; J&Okay Media Companions/Unimaginable Productions
84 minutes, 2022

I do imagine that is the
first time I’m reviewing a movie from the Balkans, and I’m excited. It’s in Albanian
and principally Italian, with subtitles. Not like some, I really like subtitles; comes from
seeing to many reside, loud bands in my youth.

Happening within the
Albanian capitol of Tirana, the prologue is ready in 1997, after the autumn of
communism within the space, and the rise of the notorious and bloody civil struggle that
adopted. In a supposedly deserted bunker stumbled younger Matia
(Matia Çobanaj) meets the Commander (Francesco Rossini), and particularly the
Commander’s Spouse (Manuela Arcuri), who’re hiding out within the bunker, which units
up the story to observe, and can intermix forwards and backwards for some time with the

Emir Jouka

Again in modern-day, arriving
in Albania from the UK – however talking Italian – is Adrian (Ermir Jonka), his
girlfriend Nua (Ilirda Benleri), and Giulia (Ingrid Monacelli) and her
boyfriend Davide (Endrit Ahmeta). Carrying their cash in a leather-based bag (you
can see that this isn’t a good suggestion, in fact), they plan to open a
restaurant in an deserted bunker with the assistance of Adrian’s restauranteur cousin,
Ilir (Arnold Damazzeti), who’s a little bit of a sketchy character, into MMA-style kickboxing
(as a participant, not viewer).

Ilirda Benleri

Because of a betrayal by
one or two of the group, with Romanian mobsters and drug sellers and cash
owed, their financial savings are gone, however some have no idea it but. This results in them
assembly up with the now insane and murderous Matia as an grownup (Lorenzo Lapori,
additionally a co-writer and combat coordinator), who had been sealed behind a wall.
Years of loneliness and a seemingly perpetual 8mm propaganda movie (200-foot
reel, or 20 minutes) has made Matia – now often known as Eagle Man within the credit – a
bit tetched within the haid. He does, nonetheless, have a few cool and rusty
knives and jogs my memory a little bit of Kruger’s notorious claw (he even tends to run it
alongside a wall), besides one large blade for every hand. And, because the movie exhibits, he
is just not afraid to apply it to associates and indiscriminates alike. Sure, he’s each
mad, and offended, having his childhood and life taken away from him for a trigger
that by no means recovered (consider the roundly defeated Confederates or Nazis who
hoped their evil beliefs would rise once more.

There’s a little bit of against the law
drama blended in in some unspecified time in the future, because the deserted bunker the place Eagle Man is
captive behind a wall, is being utilized by a gang of drug sellers – we see a mound
of bricks of white powder, maybe representing the wall of evil that held
Eagle Man captive – and their molls, extra generally often known as the physique rely when
Eagle Man flies to coop, blood and sorrow will observe.

Arnold Damazzeti

Into this state of affairs comes
our Italian crew from England, hoping to make a brand new restaurant by recycling and
remodeling the exact same bunker. As I’ve quoted earlier than, Marshall McLuhan
famously stated when an object turns into out of date, it comes again as artwork. Or on this
case, a flowery eatery. Whereas they might have served chicken on the menu, they change into
the prey of an Eagle.

Our two {couples} arrive at
the nest – I imply bunker – late at night time, and that’s the place I finish my descriptions,
and the battle for all times and demise (principally the latter, in fact, as it is a literal
slasher movie). Someway, in my head, I maintain mishearing Creedence Clearwater Revival
singing, “Down within the Bunker / Killing within the streets / The Eagle Man’s
a-playin’ / Killin’ with knives so candy.”

Lorenzo Lapori

Eagle Man is definitely
fairly an fascinating character by himself. He’s as bodily filthy because the
Pig-Pen character from the Peanuts cartoons from actually years of not bathing,
he wears the lengthy coat and boots of the defeated military, his hair is lengthy (although
his beard not as a lot), and he’s extraordinarily scarred because of a gathering as a
youth with some barb wire. Like most style serial killers, he doesn’t converse
(although he does scream), in all probability from a long time of loneliness. His anger comes
out within the brutality of his kills. Most trendy slashers, the killers like Jason
and Michael are stoic, or punsters like Freddie, however that is pure rage. And
then there are the cool booby-traps.

A sure degree of disbelief
is certainly wanted across the Eagle Man, principally pertaining to longevity. For
instance, he runs the projector always, however the bulb has not burned out, he
eats meals from cans, however how giant a provide did they’ve in 1997 to the
current? How does he shave (most of) his beard? What number of gasoline drums does he have
for the generator; maybe he’s Jewish, and it is a Hanukkah story? I child…

Manuela Arcuri

What I discover fascinating is
that as brutal as Eagle Man is, and he actually is, he’s additionally a sympathetic
character, somewhat than a one-dimensional killing machine. The murders are
brutal and look nice, with out being overly graphic (i.e., not physique horror),
although there’s a good quantity of blood to maintain the shoppers glad. Hell,
they even discover a manner for (feminine) nudity and a gratuitous intercourse scene.

Whereas the performing is top-notch,
it’s the cinematography by the director that stands out for me, particularly the
final shot. Regardless of a lot of the movie being in an ill-lit bunker, it was all
clearly seen (thanks, blue filter). The bunker itself is each a maze and
claustrophobic on the similar time. Effectively completed.

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