Posted on Saturday, October 11th, 2008 by Devindra Hardawar
Best known for the visually impressive (but overlong) Cashback, British director Sean Ellis is now trying his hand at horror with The Broken. The cast includes Lena Heady (300, The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the always great Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under, The Visitor). Don’t ask me to decipher this plot though:
On a busy street in London, Gina thinks she sees herself drive past in her own car. Stunned by this strange event, Gina follows the mystery woman up to her apartment. From here, events take an eerie turn for the worse until Gina’s awareness slides from solid reality into a world that will haunt more than just her nightmares.
Judging from the below trailer, the film seems to be as highly stylized as Cashback, and it’s definitely aiming for an atmospheric horror experience. Ellis’s first short, Left Turn, was also a moody horror film, so at least we know he’s not completely new to the genre. Hopefully we’ll get a better sense of what this film is actually about in future trailers.
I also hope that Ellis has since learned to trim some fat from his films after Cashback. It was clear to me within the first thirty minutes of that film that it had some serious pacing problems due to lax editing. Perhaps that’s just part of the danger with adapting a short film, but the film still exhibited some dangerous excess which could potentially be detrimental to a budding young director.
The Broken currently doesn’t have a US release date, but we’ll certainly keep you posted. You can view more clips from the film over at Twitch.