Red Room (2018)

Director: Stephen Gaffney

Writer: Stephen Gaffney, Erica Keegan (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Fortune, Rodrigo Ternevoy, Cristina Ryan, Eddie Jackson, Michelle Audrey, Aisling O’Neill, Fionna Hewitt-Twamley, Amy Kelly, Sohalia Lindheim, Saorise Doyle, John Dalessandro


Plot: Held hostage in an isolated house, three kidnapped women attempt to escape from their sadistic captors.

Tagline – How Much Is Your Life Worth

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Rawer and Grittier than Hostel


Story: Red Room starts when Kyra (Kelly) becomes the latest woman to be abducted from the streets, taking to a remote house and locked away with two other women Alison (Doyle) and Lilly (Lindheim) with their captor Richard (Dalessandro) running the operation from the house.

Locked in a room with the screams echoing around the house, Kyra must look to help guide the other girls escape from a horror they can only imagine in a twisted world,



Thoughts on Red Room


Characters – Kyra is our main character, we see her get taken and see flashbacks to her life before she was taken, she tries to figure out how to escape the room, she is bar far the strongest character in the film. when we start getting into the other two girls, Alison and Lilly, they are just captured girl one and two, not feeling as in distress as they could be or even considering escaping, it seems to be Kyra that inspires them. Richard is the man controlling the operations in the house in communication with the boss, he doesn’t seem to get involved in the action, we have the colourful characters involved in the seedy underworld we have entered too.

PerformancesAmy Kelly is our leading lady and she is the best part of the movie, you believe her struggle to escape the most. Everyone else in the film is good without doing anything that makes them stand out on another level from the rest.

StoryThe story here follows three women that are being held captive in a room in the middle of nowhere. They must wait to see their fates or look for escape. The women don’t know what is happening, we do, all the women hear are the screams of the previous victims. We see how the sadistic captors are conducting a business which will satisfy the twisted in the world. The story will test the audience because this isn’t going to be for a faint hearted and shows us just how one of the movies that circles around this type of business and how everybody involved operates.

HorrorThe horror comes from happens to the women, it is brutal and difficult to watch, you may even need to look away at times.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the one house, this is isolated which means even if the women do get out of the house they will not know where to go.

Special EffectsThe effects are practical which makes certain scenes even harder to watch, the team behind these does deserve extra praise too.

Scene of the Movie –
The night escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The other two women seem to have just accepted their fate.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most brutal, raw and gritty movies you will ever see, it does end up making Hostel looking tame too.


Overall: Brutal and disturbing.




Class A (2016)

classDirector: Stephen Gaffney

Writer: Stephen Gaffney (Screenplay)

Starring: John D’Allesandro, Aaron Blake, Michelle Audrey, Joe Byrne, Callan Cummins, Saoirse Doyle, Ryan Gaffney, Ryan Lincoln, Justine O’Rourke


Plot: Two drug dealers get blackmailed by a corrupt detective.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Dark Look Into Drug World


Story: Class A starts as we meet our two drug dealers Vinny (D’Allesandro) and Warren (Blake) who have a reputation around town of producing the best product around, people know not to cross them. Soon they learn of a new more profitable way to spread their product as they rise to new levels.

Their operation gets compromised when a corrupt cop enters into their business trying to force the drug deals into working for him eating into their own profits. We watch Vinny as he plans to keep control of his own business keeping his personal life away from his business.

Class A is a raw look into the drug dealing world as we see how smoothly the operators gets handled by Vinny. While I am not a fan of the drug world I did enjoy how the story gives us the full circle of how things can go from being on the top to being about to crash. We do get to see how Vinny the leader is smart enough to keep his two lives separate while others involved in the story only live the one life where we see mistakes happen.


Overall: This is a great raw look at the drug dealing world with each scene feeling as if it is from an everyday event.




Bully (2015)

logoDirector: Stephen Gaffney

Writer: Stephen Gaffney (Screenplay)

Starring: Ciaran McCabe, Kieran O’Reilly, James Ward, Aislinn Ni Uallachain, Goerge Bracebridge, Chelsea O’Connor

Plot: Karl, a sixth year student preparing to sit his Leaving Cert exams, becomes the target of a gang of bullies. With no support from his family and no friends to turn to, Karl falls victim to the psychological manipulation of a school teacher and soon turns to social media as a form of escapism where he develops an online friendship with a woman.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Bravely Disturbing Drama

Story: Bully starts Dublin, Ireland 2012 where we meet a self harming Karl (McCabe) who is bullied at school and fails to get help from his parents. Fallon (O’Reilly) tries to push Karl into standing up for himself while making inappropriate movements towards him.

With everything getting too much social media has his bullying on but a mysterious lady Ruby (Ni Uallachain) contacts him. Karl also gets involved with Christina (O’Connor) who is closer to his age but Ruby won’t leave him alone. The problems building up in Karl’s life he is forced to see a therapist Eoin (Mason) who puts him on antidepressants.

Everything mixing together and only having Ruby to talk to leads to her pushing Karl into decision which will leave Karl’s future in question but how far can he really go.

Bully starts off like you would expect a film centred around a lone victim of bully, with no where to go or no one to turn to, which is all good because it creates Karl’s mindset for us. What the story doesn’t prepare us for is the shocking final act which you won’t see coming in any direction. I will always praise a story that shocks us because we do get so many repetitive story lines out there and this will shock you.

Actor Review

Ciaran McCabe: Karl is our victim of bullying from a group of guys from school, he starts self harming and being taken advantage of by a teacher, he finds friendship online with an older woman while being bought out of his own shell by a new love interest Christina. When things fall apart Karl is left to make a decision with will be questionable thanks to Ruby pushing him in that direction. Ciaran gives us a great performance and shows that he could be a name to look out for in the future.

Kieran O’Reilly: Fallon is a teacher who is taking advantage of Karl scaring him into doing things he doesn’t want to do. Kieran gives a good performance as the teacher who is will hope to get away with what he does.

Aislinn Ni Uallachain: Ruby is the woman who talks to Karl when he is feeling down before starting to take over his life making him act out of character. Aislinn gives a good performance in this role because she plays seductress really well.

George Bracebridge: Frank is Karl’s father who doesn’t want to take anything from his son and doesn’t understand the troubles he is going through, he is short tempered and a former soldier. George gives a good performance in this role showing how difficult it is for parent to deal with troubles their children are having.

Support Cast: Bully has a supporting cast that includes Karl’s concerned mother, other students from school and the bully who pushes Karl into the decision he finally takes.

Director Review: Stephen GaffneyStephen gives us a drama that starts off like you would expect but will leave you shocked by the end of the film.

Drama: Bully shows the effects of bullying and just where it can leave a victim with no where to turn.

Settings: Bully keeps the settings simple showing that the victim will become isolated to few location due to the effects.

Suggestion: Bully is one to check out it really is something fresh when you see where it all goes. (Watch)

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: Seeing the victim suffer.

Believability: The bullying side of the story is a very real problem but what follows is an extreme of it all.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Overall: Drama that will leave you wondering just how far bullying can really go