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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘Homewrecker’

October 16, 2019Sherry Li

Homewrecker, from Canadian director Zachary Gayne, follows two women — one, who throughout the movie becomes increasingly persistent obsessive and unhinged, and the young woman whom she is obsessed with.

Linda (Precious Chong) befriends Michelle (Alex Essoe) after the two take exercise classes together. But what starts off as a seemingly innocent but overeager attempts at making friends quickly turns into something much more sinister, as Linda, who traps Michelle in her house, grows increasingly unstable. The result highlights many elements of great potential in genre film — including a fantastic score and some genuinely creepy gore — though it stands to be improved with some tighter editing and a more complex script.

With a relatively short length and a predictable plot that makes it feel lengthy, Homewrecker doesn’t quite build upon its potential until it's much too late. That said, the film does still provide an excellent finale, proving that Gayne, Chong and Essoe, are Canadian talent to definitely keep an eye on in the future.

Homewrecker makes its Toronto premiere at the 2019 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 16 min.

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