It’s day seventeen of 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.
In the Danish movie WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, a young girl Marie discovers strange changes in her body. Realising that her family is not what it seems, she makes a decision that no one will dictate to her how to deal with her future.
WHEN ANIMALS DREAM Is a coming of age story with a twist. Using the Werewolf legend as a basis for Marie's transformations, the movie is more concerned about drama than the straightforward horror, focusing on frustrations of being young and facing inevitable decisions about the future. The movie is dark, elegant and stylish, with performances to match, Sonia Suhl as Marie being a particular revelation.
The film is short, less than 90 minutes, and this allows it to tell this small story at the right pace and finish at the right time. WHEN ANIMALS DREAM toured the world festivals a few years ago and to very positive feedback. Not many independent films, horror or not, live up to the expectations, but this film effortlessly manages to capture one's attention, to scare and to amaze.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻👻👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃🎃