Tear Me Apart is a new independent Scottish/British Horror, Drama film from director Alex Lightman.
In a post Apocalyptic England two young brothers turn to cannibalism to survive, but when they are introduced to Molly, a young teenage girl (and possibly the only girl left) They embark on a journey to find “the New World and face more than they ever have before.
Starring Alfie Stewart, Frazer Alexander and Jennie Eggleton, Tear Me Apart is a wonderful and chilling film with a great score, great atmosphere and solid performances.
I have been following the progress of this film for a long time, pretty much sicne the film was first announced. This was mainly due to the fact I had the privilege of Attending Glasgow Acting Academy back in 2010 with one of the films stars, Frazer Alexander. Despite the connection I was generally interested in the film because I am a fan of indie horror and more so indie British horror and British cinema in general. So when I got the chance to view the film I jumped at it! Thankfully I am pleased to say that the wait was worth it.
Personally I would call this film more of a Thriller, Drama than a Horror although the film does have many horror elements to it. My only real main complaint (and there are not many) was that I felt that at times the film dragged on a little bit and that we could have got to the action a lot sooner. However I still think this film is wonderful.
From the start there was an eeriness to the film and a sense of dread throughout as well. I found this to be pretty unnerving when watching (in a good way).
The main three actors in the film, I thought, done an excellent job, considering this was the first major projects the three have done, I thought they were pros! They all had something unique about their performances while having such great chemistry.
The highlight for me was the excellent cinematography in the film. The director really knew how to use the setting to really invoke that isolation and intensity of the film. The setting really played a character in its own right because of the vast and secluded areas that the characters travelled it helped with the tension building factor as you were always on edge, knowing that something or someone could get them at any point.
Overall I really enjoyed the film and would highly recommend giving it a watch. Though it can be slow at times I feel that the film overall is fantastic and has a lot going for it. Considering the film is a 15 and giving the subject matter I was expecting a lot more gore and strong language, so for you gore hounds out there, sorry but this is not the goriest film ever but is still an excellent watch. The film even manages to tug at the heart strings a little, which I was not expecting but really appreciated. This really brought some true soul to the film.
Released in June 2016 through VoD – check it out!
[rating=4] | Ross Wilcock
Horror, Romance, Post Apicalyptic | UK, 2015 | 15| Cannibal Films | June 2016 (UK) | Dir.Alex Lightman | Alfie Stewart, Jennie Eggleton,Frazer Alexander.|VOD: Buy Here