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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘The Furies’

October 16, 2019Britany Murphy

A mashup of The Hunger Games and the slasher genre, The Furies follows a group of kidnapped women who are experimented upon and dropped off in a remote location, where they're hunted by murderous masked men and must fight to stay alive.

Directed by Tony D'Aquino, the film features some interesting fairy tale references, but relies mostly on gory details and the pseudo sci-fi aspects, which don't always mesh together well. More crucially, however, greater effort could have been taken to steer away from some of common horror tropes, in order to better benefit the cast of female protagonists. Not only might it have made the overall result more engaging, it also could also have helped improve the story's character development (or lack thereof), as seen with certain members of the kidnapped group.

Despite some decent jump scare moments, The Furies is not necessarily the most frightening movie. Nonetheless, the film does have its share of entertaining moments, though it at times falls victim to some basic horror tropes that have been seen far too often.

The Furies is a Special Presentation of the 2019 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 22 min.

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