The idea behind the The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh is a simple one. Guy goes to clean out religious freak mom’s old house. Mom speaks from the grave about the life she lived. Creepy statues and figures start to appear. So I know you are thinking well seen all that before let me pass this up. Before you do so let me say this. You will miss out.
Rosalind Leigh is an atmospheric horror that you have to watch from the start to understand the tone. I rarely tell people things like that about the film but it is so true. The mood that you bring to the table while watching Rosalind could either make the movie or break it for you. Here is my advice watch it in the dark! I can’t wait to watch this film with friends around Halloween time and see them pee on themselves. It really is that type of film folks. What sticks out as much as the film is the cinematography too. The film stars Aaron Poole (The Conspiracy) as Leon who heads to his mother’s house to clean up after she has passed. From the start of the film you hear his mom Rosalind’s voice (Vanessa Redgrave) and she explains to her son about the life she lived and why she was the way she was with him. What Leon discovers is these artifacts are from a cult his mother was apart of. She warns him of an impending danger but he is so consumed with finding out the truth he becomes wrapped up in a chase of shadows that may or may not be there. Whatever the case Leon confides in an ex lover Anna who worries about him not taking his medication (She’s a doctor) and reaffirms to him the torture his mother put him through with her religion as a child. She says he is seeing things he wants to see because they are items from his childhood that disturbed him. She couldn’t be further from the truth.
The was not a lot that I disliked about the film. Outside of constantly turning the sound down after I couldn’t take the excruciating music, I did not feel this movie was an anyway boring as some would suggest. There are a lot of films in the near future that carry a similar format. I don’t feel they are being edgy or artsy. These filmmakers just understand that things don’t have to jump out at you all the time to scare you. There are other ways its just the general population sometimes can’t deal with it. Believe me no one more than I can see both sides to it. Is this another horror film for horror snobs? Yes could be but like I said let me see you turn the lights down and watch this film. After that I’m curious to your reaction.
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh wins because its a genuinely creepy film. That being said I would tell my more mainstream fans to wait on this one. If you are sick of zombies or home invasion films then this is the movie for you. People constantly forget that horror was not always about masked men running around chasing big boobed teenagers. Rosalind reminds us of that and I’m thankful to watch this amazing piece of film making. Though I’ll be pleased if I don’t see any more films out like this it will be on my must see list. That may be hard to understand but you have to see it to understand what I mean. Great cinematography, creepy music, and a mysterious cult brings it home in The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh is available today on DVD and VOD outlets. It has a running time of 77 mins. It is directed by Rodrigo Gudiño. It stars Aaron Poole, Vanessa Redgrave, and Julian Richings.