20th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘When I Consume You’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Evan Dumouchel, Libby Ewing, MacLeod Andrews  | Written and Directed by Perry Blackshear

I was lucky enough to watch and review director Perry Blackshear’s previous movies The Siren and They Look Like People. Both are really impressive movies. Bringing fresh and original ideas to sci-fi and horror I knew he was a director that I would be keeping an eye on in his future projects. Thankfully this year brings his latest movie to Fantasia – When I Consume You.

It feels very much like a Perry Blackshear movie right from the off. This isn’t an issue and I don’t mean it in a way that all his films look the same. They just have that similar grittiness to them, they feel like real life even though you know something supernatural is almost definitely going to be involved. In When I Consume You we meet a brother, Wilson Shaw (Evan Dumouchel) and sister, Daphne Shaw (Libby Ewing) who are seeking a revenge against a mysterious stalker. To say any more would very much spoil the film but it’s not your typical revenge flick.

That said, it has some familiar revenge movie film traits. We see an incident, a reason revenge is wanted but revenge can’t be immediate, plans have to be made and then we see how the revenge comes about. It’s just that in When I Consume You, there’s many twists and turns on the way. One of the oddest parts of the movie for me was that the brother had to kind of train to get his vengeance. We were almost introduced to a Rocky-style montage of him doing this and it does feel a little out of place in the middle part of the movie, which was the weakest section.

The final third is when things really ramp up. Every comes together, there’s surprises, there’s more action and everything you hoped to happen, happens. Blackshear clearly knows how to end a movie.

What he also knows is how to cast. There’s two familiar faces her in Dumochel and MacLeod Andrews. Dumochel is fantastic in the lead as the brother. He looks perfectly drained, depressed and struggling with life, but also a bit crazy and like he could probably destroy you very quickly. It’s a tough role but he gets just about everything right. Andrews is a different role altogether as the stalker. To look at him, you wouldn’t think he was particularly scary or physically commanding but his performance is good enough to prove you otherwise.

To accompany this dark and grim street setting – much of the film is set in dark alleys or apartments that look like drug addicts live in, there’s a gloriously somber but excellent musical score.

Although Blackshear doesn’t quite hit the heights of They Look Like People, there’s a really fantastic idea of story here that he very nearly pulls off perfectly. When I Consume You is still a good film and looks at another horror-centric way of how people deal with grief and life’s struggles. You wont any movies like it this year.

*** 3/5

When I Consume You screened as part of this years Fantasia Film Festival.

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