Red Riding Trilogy 2010 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
It’s not often that I watch British movies, so I was surprised at just how good this made-for-TV film was. English writer David Peace published a four-edition book about serial murders and police corruption in Britain. The books were adapted into three movies for British television, and while the crimes that take place are real, the stories are fictional.
What attracted me to the 1980 installment in the trilogy was that it starred British actor Paddy Considine, who I became an instant fan of after watching PU-239 (The Half Life of Timofey Berezin). Paddy is terrific as Peter Hunter, a police officer brought on to help with an unsuccessful investigation of a serial killer.
What I liked about the film is that it wasn’t particularly fast-paced nor suspenseful like some American crime dramas, but a slow, building tension that really delivered by the film’s conclusion. The cinematography was great, with cold and rainy scenes giving it a bit of a film noir vibe. I absolutely loved the movie’s score, which was haunting and beautiful.
Remember, this is a made for television movie, not a big-budget blockbuster. So if you’re expecting a movie in the vein of Seven, that’s not what you’ll be getting. What you can expect is amazing acting by an experienced cast, bubbling tension, and a surprise ending.
As far as Red Riding 1974 goes, I’ve been a fan of British actor Sean Bean since his breakout role as IRA soldier Sean Miller in Patriot Games. While he doesn’t get much screen time in this particular film, he’s representative of the top-notch casting. The film has an incredibly experienced cast of talented British actors, which makes 1974 a real treat. The standout performance in this film is definitely Rebecca Hall’s portrayal of Paula, the mother of a slain child. While she didn’t get to demonstrate her acting chops in Frost/Nixon (as love interest to David Frost), she’s given plenty to work with in 1974.
Much like Red Riding: 1980, the film stars very slow, and patiently comes to a rolling boil by the conclusion. I also loved the lighting used as the film progressed, particularly a dinner party scene with shades of Eyes Wide Shut. What’s interesting is that the movie was shot on 16mm film that was often used in the 70’s, so a genuine period vibe is established. 1974 isn’t the same quality as Red Riding: 1980, but a film you should check out if you like conspiracy movies.