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The Black Gloves

2017 1h 20m Horror List
Reviews 40% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A psychologist becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. Read More Read Less
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Anton Bitel Sight & Sound The film looks glorious - and though self-consciously old-fashioned in form, it is ultimately not at all so in its gender politics. Nov 6, 2017 Full Review Alix Turner Ready Steady Cut The Black Gloves is a 1940's-style horror thriller about a psychologist, his ballet star patient... and the Owlman. Rated: 3/5 Jan 31, 2021 Full Review Kat Hughes THN A Lovecraftian Gothic romantic horror with Hitchcockian levels of mystery and suspense, The Black Gloves is a great throwback to a forgotten era. Rated: 4/5 Aug 23, 2018 Full Review John Higgins Starburst If you are in demand of something a bit more intellectual and meaty, then The Black Gloves is exactly what you are looking for. Rated: 8/10 Nov 9, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I mean, if you're going to name your giallo something, The Black Gloves isn't bad. The movie that this is a prequel to — Lord of Tears — and the connected film — The Unkindness of Ravens — both have even better titles, however. Finn Galloway is a psychologist obsessed with a patient who is haunted by an entity known as the Owlman. Now, he's discovered another subject with the same fear, a ballerina who has hidden herself away from the world. If Finn treats her, he'll get the answers he needs. And he'll probably die at the claws of the Owlman. Based on the 70s reports of an owl creature called the Cornish Owlman or the Owlman of Mawnan, this movie references the gothic horror of the past while pushing toward something new. And if you have a title that references black gloves, you need some identity issues and psychotic madness too, right? Director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly have created several horror films together and if they're all like this, it's time I start hunting them down Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly have now added the latest in their stunning horror films with The Black Gloves. A prequel (of sorts) to 2013's Lord of Tears, Hex Media revisits the lore of the Owlman and the infamous mansion in the countryside. Continuing his tradition of art meets horror, Brewster decided to film the movie in black and white. The result is a noir-horror experience that evokes some of the same feelings as Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock. Brewster's choice to shoot in this style brings horror back to its roots. No need for gore, creepy effects or jump scares - The Black Gloves uses classic effects and story to chill you. One of the best aspects of this film, in contrast to its predecessors, is the prevalence of internal shots. Whereas The Unkindness of Ravens was mostly shot outdoors, and Tears split its time between areas, much of the Black Gloves is spent within the halls of that iconic mansion. Clever use of camera angles and lighting create a haunting atmosphere that rivals more expensive films. From breezes blowing curtains to figures in silhouette, I can only imagine the nightmares I'd have staying there. Daly's story gives a strong backbone to this film, a classic horror mystery that still surprises. The tale focuses on a psychologist, haunted by his former patient's death and visions, as he looks for answers from a former prima ballerina who has suffered great horrors. Told in a classic form, Daly's script brings to life the madness of the two leads: the psychologist just starting his journey and the ballet instructor who's long since been there. Add in the ballerina herself, caught in the middle of this psychological and supernatural thriller, and the result is riveting. Of equal importance is Brewster's direction, which creates visions and nightmare sequences that are almost Kubrickian in their genius. I particularly enjoyed one piece of imagery that made no sense until the end of the film, providing a moment of strange realization. I continue to celebrate the wonder that is Jamie Scott Gordon, who portrays the psychologist, Finn Galloway. He brings such life, turmoil, and darkness to each of his roles and he carries these films, even when part of an ensemble. Macarena Gómez is an excellent actor with a long list of accomplishments, but I had similar criticisms to those I had for Alexandra Hume in Lord of Tears. At times her melodramatic performance as the instructor, Lorena Velasco, pushes the limits (even for a noir film); yet, there are moments of brilliance, where she's wonderfully disturbing and compelling. In contrast, I felt Ms. Hume's portrayal of the ballerina, Elisa Grey, reaches a new level. She conveys such emotion with few words, and when she speaks it adds gravity; even better is her dancing, particularly a disturbing sequence in the hallway towards the latter part of the film. Brewster and Daly continue to produce fantastic films while never falling victim to the same tropes. Each of their movies stands apart as their own style, while still brilliantly marrying art and horror. My only complaint is that Hex Media isn't over here in America, so I can't see their latest work until it's already on disc and sent over. If you're reading this: please bring your filmmaking to the United States! I give The Black Gloves a chilling 4 pliés out of 5. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A psychologist becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares.
Lawrie Brewster
Lawrie Brewster, Jennifer Tung
Sarah Daly
Original Language
British English
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 10, 2018
1h 20m
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