Livid (2011)

logoDirector: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury

Writer: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury (Screenplay)

Starring: Chloe Coulloud, Felix Moati, Jeremy Kapone, Catherine Jacob, Beatrice Dalle, Chloe Marcq, Marie-Claude Pietragalla


Plot: Within a vast, desolate and slowly decaying mansion an aging woman lies in a coma, kept alive by a life support machine. Assigned to look after her, a young care worker named Lucy discovers that the old woman is Madam Jessel, previously a ballet teacher of some repute and rumoured to have hidden great riches inside the house. Determined to find the treasure, Lucy and two of her friends break in at night and uncover a darker secret that will throw them into a deadly labyrinth of hell.


Verdict: Interesting Horror


Story: We get to follow our young heroine Lucie as she starts her new job as a caregiver, she get shown around by her new boss before coming to the mansion to see one of her clients. Upon entering the house she learns about a mysterious treasure that could be located within the walls of the mansion. After finishing her day she gets to let her boyfriend and his brother know about the treasure and they set out on a mission to locate the treasure in the dead of night. As the trio enter the house they get caught up in the maze the house turns into.

I would like to get the one thing I didn’t like about this film out the way first, would a young trainee caregiver give up a potential career by breaking into one her patient’s houses? I think this is an important thing to look at here these three people who enter the house are not the squeaky clean characters we are used to leading a horror film. When it comes to what happens inside the house, it all starts out pretty much easy going searching in the dark but it all goes crazy when we find out what is really going on inside the house, because it leads you down one path then rips out the carpet before doing this a couple of times leaving you wondering what you just saw. It ends up coming off quite original and bloody by the end. (8/10)


Actor Review


Chloe Coulloud: Lucie Klavel our young caregiver who gets taken around the route with her new boss, she knows what she is doing but when she explains an idea of a treasure she gets pushed into helping her boyfriend and his brother search for it. Good performance from young actress, who plays the fear side well and also, enters into the bad ass role by the end of the film. (8/10)


Felix Moati, Jeremy Kapone: William and Ben the two brothers who go to the house with Lucie to steal the treasure. They make up the easy victims to get picked off within the house. They make supporting disposable characters. (6/10)


Catherine Jacob: Catherine Wilson the caregiver showing Lucie around her route, but she has a bigger secret which could make her part of something bigger. Solid performance to create a character with mystery. (7/10)


Marie-Claude Pietragalla: Jessel the lady of the house who is in a coma until her treasure gets damaged, where she ends up taking over and planning something bigger. Good performance as the creepy older character with a mystery about it her. (7/10)


Chloe Marcq: Anna the estranged daughter of Jessel who is meant to be dead, but her being alive could end up opening more doors to what is happening that we thought. Good creepy young girl performance that gets some of the creepier scenes. (7/10)


Director Review: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury – Good direction to create a genuinely creepy horror film that also has plenty of blood and gore once it all starts off. (8/10)


Horror: Once it gets going it does end up becoming a very good horror with plenty of blood and gore. (9/10)

Settings: The mansion makes a great genuinely creepy setting for the horror to take place in. (9/10)
Special Effects
: When it comes to the eventual gore it all has some very good practical effects used throughout. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the horror fans out there, just sit back and enjoy the twisted storyline. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: the final third.

Worst Part: Questionable motivation of Lucie.

Kill Of The Film: Jaw breaker

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: In the process of being remade.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes


Overall: Strange and Beautiful Horror

Rating 80


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