*PREFACE* I was sent a copy of this film for an honest review by the director
Beautiful Prison blew me away. Joel Vallie’s debut feature is a thrilling, psychological horror film that grips you the entire time and has you wondering what the hell is going on (in the best way possible).
The story revolves around a young man named Ben (Kaelin Stockwell), who after an accident may or may not have gained supernatural abilities that allow him to control what’s going on around him. Sounds sweet, right? Well, not everything is coming up roses for him.
The story was gripping, unique, and had me constantly wondering what was real and what was fiction. I was intrigued during the entire film, and I want to rewatch it a second time to see if I can find any other clues I may have missed.
I was seriously impressed by the cinematography and effects. Beautiful Prison is seriously gorgeous, and there are unique shots used throughout the movie. I loved the dark tone, but also appreciated the moments of brightness when it suited the mood of the film.
The acting was solid, for the most part. A few lines of dialogue fell flat for me, but I enjoyed seeing these young, fresh faces on screen. I genuinely cared for their characters, and was invested in their stories.
This is a genre-bending, psychological horror film. The effects and cinematography are stunning, and are especially impressive considering this is a debut feature. A few lines of dialogue fell flat, but that doesn’t detract from the experience. If you’re looking for a smart, thrilling horror film, you definitely need to give Beautiful Prison a watch.
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