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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh – 5

Director – Rodrigo Gudiño

Cast – Aaron Poole, Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Charlotte Sullivan

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

This is a film that I had been hearing about quite a bit recently and decided it was time to get in on the action. I really did not know what to expect, but after reading the plot summary I was pretty excited to see what this supernatural effort had to offer. While I hoped for the best and appreciated a few of the positives this Rodrigo Gudino film had to offer, I was not as impressed as I assumed I would be. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh is not a bad film and it gets a few things right, but ultimately this experience failed to deliver a solid experience and instead resulted in 80 minutes of mediocrity.

Aaron Poole (The Conspiracy) stars as Leon, an antiques collector who inherits a home from his estranged mother and discovers that she had not only been living in a shrine dedicated to a shadowy cult, but is using items in the home to contact him with an urgent message.

Gudino writes and directs this piece, and I can appreciate this story. I am a sucker for supernatural films and especially for those who base the film around the protagonist acquiring a home that contains an evil past he/she is unaware of. Immediately upon his arrival Aaron is spooked by all of the home’s statues and religious items that adorn nearly the entirety of the home’s available space, which provides the initial spook that keeps the viewer interested. As he begins to discover more and more evidence into his mother’s past Aaron learns that she has been involved in a mysterious cult and her involvement could affect his current life. It was during the second act that my disappointment began to kick in, which was when I realized that 50 minutes had passed and very little horror had hit the screen, which is a big deal in an 80 minute (including end-credits) horror film. Things do pick up in the third act and I was surprised to see some decent horror, but ultimately it was one of those “too little too late” situations. Also, there is a constant voiceover provided by Aaron’s mother that I eventually found to be a bit annoying, but that is just my personal opinion and yours may vary.

Direction-wise the film excels more than the story does, and I can at least say that Rodrigo Gudino knows who to create some darn good atmosphere. The interior of the mother’s home was amazingly creepy, partly due to his excellent low-lighting and the rest of the credit going to the numerous religious artifacts bombarding the screen. Creepy statues give you the feeling that they are staring right at you through the TV screen, and while this was great it was also the only source of horror for the majority of the film. When the manifested horror finally arrives the thrills and hills were pretty enjoyable, but sadly there was a heavy use of CGI. I was pretty disappointed to see the CGI after the extreme bulk of the film before the final act relied on live-action horror to creep the viewer. This is especially the case when you consider that a film’s final act is supposed to seal the deal and the filmmakers chose to give us CGI at the worst possible time.

Overall, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh is an experience I cannot recommend to you. The atmosphere is fantastic and visually the film is somewhat of a masterpiece only ruined by its CGI when the horror mattered most, but the story really held back the experience. There may be a few decent scares in this piece and for the average viewer this may be enough, but if you want a solid flick I suggest you look elsewhere.

Rating: 5/10

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