Baghead Film Review

An avid writer, Trista has been contributing reviews, interviews, and articles to scenestr since 2016 and is building a career as a freelance writer.

An unexpected family inheritance turns into a desperate fight for survival in the tense new horror film ‘Baghead’.

Directed by Alberto Corredor and based on the 2017 short film written by Lorcan Reilly (also directed by Alberto), the film stars Freya Allan as down-on-her-luck Iris Lark who inherits a centuries-old pub from her estranged father. With no where to go, Iris takes ownership of the derelict building, completely unaware of the horrors that lurk in its basement.

Freya delivers a gripping performance as Iris, a young woman who has been hardened by the events of her past; yet under that façade there is a real sense of naivety and vulnerability and Freya’s ability to perfectly capture these competing traits allows audiences to glimpse into Iris’s pain, and ultimately understand what motivates her decisions.

Ruby Barker is equally entertaining as Iris’s friend Katie, while Jeremy Irvine stars as Neil, a grieving husband whose need to reconnect with his lost wife sets Iris on the path to destruction.

Anne Muller delivers a downright creepy performance as Baghead, an ominous creature whose appearance changes constantly throughout the film, meaning audiences never know who, or what, to expect.

As with many modern horrors, ‘Baghead’ relies heavily on darkness to create tension, and while this technique can often be hit or miss, it works well in this film. Strong script writing creates a palpable sense of danger which manifests in the film's opening moments and lingers until the final credits; while a brilliant mix of jump scares and in-your-face horror and gore keeps you glued to the screen (until you’re scared off your seat that is). Each terrifying moment unfolds against a soundtrack of eerie sounds and sudden, sharp musical notes which reverberate through the cinema, creating an intense viewing experience designed to raise viewers' anxiety levels.

From its explosive opening scenes to its unexpected final moments, ‘Baghead’ will have you on the edge of your seat and praying fervently that you only inherit jewellery from your loved ones.

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