Growing up, I loved playing make believe. There was something truly magical about it and I know that is what spawned my love for fantasy and horror. Anything can happen when you use your imagination. However, that’s not always a good thing – like in the new horror thriller, BRAID.

The film was directed and written by Mitzi Peirone. It tells the story of two young rebellious women, Petula (Imogen Waterhouse) and Tilda (Sarah Hay) who decide to rob their wealthy psychotic friend, Daphne (Madeline Brewer). Unstable and lonely, she lives in a fantasy world that they created as children. In order to take the money, they have to take part in a terrifying game of make believe. If you don’t follow the three rules, expect deadly consequences.

When the film began, I wasn’t sure if BRAID was going to be my type of film. Luckily, my mind changed pretty quickly within the first few minutes. From beginning to end, BRAID is brilliantly bizarre—you never know what will happen next. It’s unique with ridiculously clever performances and several twists and turns along the way.

I’ve never seen anything quite like this film and I absolutely fucking loved it. It sucks you in and puts you in a dream like world, where anything is possible, but it’s more of a nightmare. Anything that can wrong, will go wrong. A sense of entrapment, loneliness, and confusion sets the tone for much of the film along with some dark humor, and sinister yet welcoming atmosphere that will send chills down your spine.

All three female performances were outstanding in BRAID. Madeline Brewer was utterly creepy and the worse kind of crazy. I will admit though, although insane, there was something about her personality that was quite lovable; perhaps it was her sense of loyalty. Imogen Waterhouse and Sarah Hay give stellar performances and really bring their characters to life in this Alice in Wonderland-like madhouse. They should have never went down that rabbit hole.

Honestly, this film had so many twists and turns that I couldn’t possibly know the full extent of what was going on. It could be interpreted many different ways and I’ll definitely be viewing again soon. It’s one of those that has several layers of fucked up goodness. And just when you think it can’t get any more bizarre, it does.

If you love films that suck you in and spit you out a changed person, this one is for you. BRAID is far more than I expected in the best way possible. The creativity, suspense, and unique characters truly make this one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in a long time. It will make you feel a range of emotions and leave you thinking about the film long after it’s over.

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