It’s day eleven my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
SACRIFICE is based on a novel, and it is easy to tell, because of the complicated and precise layers of the murder mystery that's at the film's core. Frustrated with her inability to conceive a child, Tora is moving from busy New York to a remote Scottish island - her husband's homeland. When a dead body is found near her house, and it is clear that the victim had been pregnant just before she was murdered, Tora starts her own investigation and uncovers a century old conspiracy.
SACRIFICE has a few surprises in store. It is nicely paced, as questions being answered one by one, with the final half an hour devoted to chases and thrills. The island is beautiful, atmospheric and a perfect setting for a horror movie. Radha Mitchell as Tora had done such character a few times before, so she slips into it as if into a pair of old shoes. She is believable, however, and fun to watch. The rest of the cast, does a decent job looking creepy and suspicious from the get go till the end.
SACRIFICE does not break any new ground, but it has an interesting story to tell. It is tense enough to be entertaining instead of scary, and has a good balance of action drama and mystery.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃