28th Jul2021

‘Miranda Veil’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Zach Steffey, Annabel Barrett, Vida Ghaffari, Olivia Blue, Kelton Jones | Written and Directed by Levin Garbisch

Horror movies with a female name in the title seem to be common and even more so if you add a low budget. But Miranda Veil seemed some what original because it didn’t include ‘The Curse of…’ or ‘The Exorcism of…’ before the female name. It also has a really intriguing synopsis.

In the movie we follow a wannabe serial killer looking for his first victim. The voices in his head won’t stop and nor will his murderous urges. So after a couple of planned and brief encounters, he attacks and kidnaps Miranda, driving her to a barn in the California desert. Here he eventually summons the courage to kill his victim. Or does he? Because both him and Miranda are surprised to discover that she seemingly cannot be killed.

It’s a fantastic idea to start with but Miranda Veil then goes in some directions that I didn’t expect. I was intrigued by where it was going to go after the ‘twist’ discovery and while it tries to go with some thought-provoking takes that don’t all work, there’s still plenty to enjoy.

Thankfully the actors in the two lead roles are great. I say thankfully because 90% of the movie features either one of these two actors or has them two talking to each other. Without the chemistry the two of them share and the good performances they both put in, this film just wouldn’t work. Neither of their inexperience shows.

Zach Steffey as Soren (the killer) works well even though he doesn’t really look or act how most killers are portrayed. Right from the beginning he has some likability, which I can only assume is intended after seeing how the rest of the movies plays out. He doesn’t come across as and out and out murderer but again, this is intended because Miranda is his first victim. He has to show such a range with the character and he pulls it all off.

Annabel Barrett plays Miranda and she plays her with confidence and a huge amount of charisma. She’s extremely watchable and under a different actress Miranda could have been a much worse character. Not all the dialogue is great but she makes almost all of it seem tha way. The interactions between the two of them are always entertaining, whether they are torturing each other or making jokes, it’s always good.

I mentioned earlier that the director and writer Levin Garbisch seems to want to create some thought-provoking ideas here, and maybe it’s just me but none of that part of the movie worked for me. There’s parts of Miranda Veil that talk about cats, rabbits, foxes and ants in some metaphorical way and I didn’t understand a lot of it.

The conclusion to the movie is not where I saw it going but it does cover the most simple ideas in the film very well. About how victims of violence react after the events and how it can affect them in ways that are not easy to understand.

Garbisch has some great ideas with Miranda Veil and manages to form them even with a small budget. I’m definitely interested to see what his future projects bring but until then, Miranda Veil is one of the most original serial killer films in recent years.

*** 3/5

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