Hi again ghosts and ghouls! It feels like it's been forever since I've been here writing a review for all of you. Now that we're back for the foreseeable future (wedding planning is a crazy thing!), I'm here to review the 2015 film GODDESS OF LOVE.
Typically, as many of you that have been reading my review for some time know, when I watch a film, I go in completely blind. I don't watch trailers, read reviews...I oftentimes don't even read the plot and just watch with a completely open mind. Therefore, when I get a film to review, it's hard not to judge a book by it's cover. Or in this case a film. And by cover I mean the DVD cover.
The poster itself for GODDESS OF LOVE is interesting, and draws you to the film. Alexis Kendra (the start of the film) is front and center and the entire poster is tinted red. This is completely different than the DVD I received, which struck me as a little bit odd that the cover is white with incredibly underwhelming text. My first reaction when I received it was "oh no, this is going to be rough."
Luckily, I was wrong! The film is bizarre, thrilling, and a complete mind-fuck. Every twist and turn that you think you have figured out is completely different than the actual situation, so if you're watching GODDESS OF LOVE and you think you have it figured out, I'll tell you right now, you probably don't.
Venus (Kendra), meets Brian (Woody Naismith), a hunky Australian man who recently lost his beloved wife to suicide, at the club she dances at. The two hit it off, and it's all downhill from there. Both individuals harbor secrets, and when Venus learns Brian's, she discovers that his past actions may just be too much to handle.
It's made apparent early on that Venus hallucinates, but the extent of how far this film takes it makes it both a little bit much but pretty enthralling. You question a lot of what goes on, some of the imagery they choose, and what's real and what's an illusion to her, which keeps the film moving. Overall it's a little slow with the exception of the last 30ish minutes.
But regardless of the pacing (I typically don't like slow-burn films...I get antsy), the film is well thought out, a little campy, fun (in an "I'm a horror fan don't just what I consider fun" way), and pretty sad, when you really think about it.
I won't lie, halfway through the film, I thought to myself that there must be some kind of message that I'm missing, something I"m not catching on to or something I'm not understanding, and I was right. I'm sure that many of you watching this film will discover what's going on earlier than I did, but I have a habit of reading too deeply into things and I miss the actual message and figure it out later.
I don't know if I would completely consider this a horror film, maybe more of a psychological thriller, but the thought is definitely there. The set design is awesome, the costumes are great, and the cast is really interesting to watch. Alexis Kendra is absolutely on my radar as someone to pay attention to - she plays this character like it's herself. You would never know that this is someone acting this part, it comes so naturally to her. She's incredible to watch. I don't know if that's awesome or terrifying.
With that being said, if you can get your hands on the film, don't judge it by its opening text (it kind of just looks like ClipArt), really sit back and pay attention. It's a thrilling film that deserves a full watch-through with your attention on only this film. Like I said, it's slow at times, but don't get discouraged by that, because the last half hour ups the pace like crazy. It's shocking, strange, and all-around a good time.
Until next time, ghosts and ghouls, stay spooky!
Taylor Terrible <3
GODDESS OF LOVE is now available to own on DVD.