ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – W – Wither (2012)
Wither is an onslaught of a horror film relentlessly hits the gore
Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
Writer: Sonny Laguna, David Liljeblad, Tommy Wiklund (Screenplay)
Starring: Patrik Berg-Almkvisth, Lisa Henni, Patrick Saxe, Johannes Brost, Amanda Renberg, Jessica Blomkvist
Plot: Ida and Albin are a happy couple. They set off to a cabin in the vast Swedish woodlands to have a fun holiday with their friends. But under the floorboards waits an evil from Sweden’s dark past.
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Wither starts when a group of friends Albin (Berg-Almkvisth), Ida (Henni), Simon (Saxe), Linnea (Renberg), Marie (Blomkvist), Markus (Wallmo), Karin (Sigvardsdotter) and Tove (Henriksson). Head to a remote cabin in the Swedish woodlands to have a fun weekend to get away from their lives.
Soon after arriving, one of the friends starts acting strange after entering a room. Which will soon she her attack another member. Seeing them friends divided with the potential new threat that is happening to them, something that is spreading rapidly.
Thoughts on Wither
Wither is a Swedish horror movie that could easily see itself getting compared to The Evil Dead, a relentless onslaught of special effects in the violent gruesome attack on the people staying at the home. This gives us the simple build with the typical characters we would expect to see on one of these styled weekends, with the main couple clearly going to be the ones fighting back for the longest time in Albin and Ida. The film is carried by the special effects going on in the film, which will undoubtedly be what it is remembered for, over anything else. The film doesn’t do enough to make a star out of any of the actors, on the same level that saw Evil Dead do with Bruce Campbell, with this being easy competition for the more modern Evil Dead we got.