Mark Macready and the Archangel Murders Movie Review
Written by Daniel Benson
Directed by Sean Candon
2009, 32 minutes, Not rated
Ashleigh Edwards Pitt
There's a secret division of Manchester police that deals with a supernatural underworld. Yeah, I didn't know that Manchester had a supernatural underworld either but Mark Macready does. He's a tough, no-nonsense cop for the Greater Manchester Paranormal Investigation Department, refers to everyone as "bastards" and isn't afraid to punch female reporters when they ask the wrong questions. He keeps the streets safe from the demon scum that most of us don't even know exists.
When Mac is called into work in the middle of the night, he realises too late that it was just a ploy to get him out of the way so that his beloved "babe", Christina, could be kidnapped by a winged demon with a penchant for extracting women's hearts via their vaginas.
Archangel Murders was made by a bunch of enthusiastic amateur filmmakers from the UK who sold their belongings on eBay after failing to secure funding from other sources. It's described as a horror parody, which can sometimes be indie promo speak for "really crap acting and cheap special effects". Well, Archangel's acting is cheesier than a Parmesan enema, and the effects don't fare much better. However, the cast and crew have gone all out to really ham it up and the overblown performances, especially Ry McDermott as the lead character, end up improving the 32 minute film instead of hurting it.
It’s already creating its own little festival buzz; in 2009 it played at fifteen film festivals and was awarded ‘Most Original Horror Film’ at the 28 Hours Later movie marathon. In December it hot-footed across the pond and played at the Zero Film Festival held at New York’s Invisible Dog Art Gallery.
Among their influences , the team cites Hellboy and X-Files, although I felt a strong sense of the Max Payne movie and its sinister winged demons as well as a touch of Men in Black. Director Sean Candon has a great eye for a shot and the post production has given the film a gritty, film-noir sepia look. The story ends completely open and set up for further episodes, so I'm really hoping that further funding can be secured on the strength of the first. I don't think we've seen the last of Mark Macready.
Audio, Video & Special Features not graded as this was a screener