Director: John Law
Cast: Zelda Adams, Stephen O’Donnell, John Law
Production Company: Kid Kalifornia Productions
Runtime: 60 minutes
Revenge might be wrong, but it works so well in horror movies. What would The Last House on the Left (1972), I Spit on Your Grave (1978), and Drag Me to Hell (2009) be without it? Director John Law provides us with a revenge tale with a supernatural edge in The Hatred (2018).
It’s the late 1800s in the movie, and hungry soldiers are on the move. They vote on attacking a nearby family, and kill those that don’t vote with them. Most of the family members are killed, but one young girl escapes their merciless attack. She raises a dead soldier and seeks vengeance on the rest…
The film is narrated by the orphan girl (Zelda Adams) and serves as a kind of testimony or confession. Her words and phrases come across as poetic in nature. There’s something almost biblical about the way she speaks of vengeance.
The names of the characters are not listed in the end credits, but they were identified on IMDb. It was interesting to see that all of the characters were named after some sort of sin or vice like Hatred, Judgement, Vengeance, and Righteousness.
The period wardrobe and props used in the film were very authentic and helped to make everything seem more real. The locations were also spot on for the time. The look of the film reminded me of another period horror film called Revelation Trail (2013).
The outdoor settings and snowy landscapes were beautifully shot by John Law. The frosty climate was also appropriate for a revenge scenario. We all know that it’s a dish best served cold. Law creates a bleak atmosphere by using pathetic fallacy in his story.
Colour is also used to make statements about events in the movie. Much of the colour is drained from the film, except for the vibrant reds associated with blood. The main characters wear black against a blanched background, reminding us that the justice in this film is black and white.
The Hatred is an old-fashioned revenge tale that is very well executed. Horror fans will like its eerie tone and bloody violence. Film aficionados will be impressed with the movie’s cinematography and costume design. Allow The Hatred to consume you…
– John Migliore
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