Blu-ray Review: DARLIN’

DARLIN‘ was written and directed by Pollyanna McIntosh who also stars alongside Lauryn Canny, Brian Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, Lauren Ashley Carter, Mackenzie Graham, Sabrina Gennarino and Eugenie Bondurant.

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ (Lauryn Canny) is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop (Brian Batt) and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl.” However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh), equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way.

Ten years have passed since The Woman carried Darlin‘ and her two sinblings off into the woods to raise them as her own. What happens is, Darlin‘ ventures off (she kind of runs away) and ends up getting injured. This accident lands her in a hospital where she befriends Tony (Lauryn Canny), a kind nurse who ends up helping the feral girl out and takes her to a Catholic home for girls that’s run by The Bishop. Even though The Bishop might appear to be a man of God, looks can sometimes be deceiving. As the old saying goes.

It takes a little while for Darlin‘ to get settled in but she does and she even makes some new friends in the process. She does so well at her new home that she even learns how to speak. Darlin‘ also comes with a surprise but I won’t go into that. Let’s just say she thinks she has the devil inside of her. They’re even able to domesticate the young girl to some point but you can’t take the wild completely ouf of Darlin‘ and a few people find this out the painful way. While all of this is going on, The Woman is on the hunt for her adopted daughter and just anyone who crosses her path gets taken out in brutal fashion.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though Darlin’ isn’t as good as Lucky McKee‘s 2011 cult hit, The Woman, I still think it’s an entertaining watch and a very fitting followup. It has a few flaws but what movie doesn’t. Where The Woman was raw and untamed, Darlin‘ continues the wild ways and expands things more for these characters, but it’s a little more domesticated this time around. It’s probably because ten years have passed for these characters and now they’re venturing out, exploring and marking new territories. Get it? Anyway, I thought Pollyanna McIntosh did a great job bringing her story to life on screen and the cast did a really good job with their characters. Lauryn Canny was just right for this lead role. This time the story focuses on her character Darlin’ but there’s some dark humor to go along with it, thanks to The Woman. Just like its predecessor, Darlin’ can be vicious at times which means there’s blood and gore to go along with it. All in all, I enjoyed watching this fun horror sequel that ended up being an impressive directing debut by Pollyanna McIntosh who pulled triple duty for the movie. Darlin’ will be available on Blu-ray on September 3rd.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.00:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary with writer-director Pollyanna McIntosh, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the official trailer.

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