Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter
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After a mysterious new family moves in and her neighbors start disappearing, aspiring detective Elfie Hopkins finally has a case to crack. The deeper she digs, the more gruesome the details get; have Elfie and her team stumbled upon a tribe of cannibals right next door? Filled with adventure, thrills and insatiable appetites, Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter is not for the faint of heart!
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Since I don't wish to give away any Spoilers which would ruin the "fun", my review of necessity must be somewhat generic. The following might help: Pay close attention to all details; actually take certain things on face value; if necessary, go back and review earlier parts of the DVD; listen closely to what's being said (though the British accents, particularly that of the so-called "Cannibal Hunter", are extremely difficult to follow at times); is the title of the Disc justified?; what role does the corner butcher play?...
I gave this movie 4 stars because it does suffer periodically from having a disjointed quality and sometimes lacks credulity the way some people interact with others and the way they enter other people's homes without properly knocking. But this is the kind of thing that one too often sees in filmdom and especially soap operas. "Elfie Hopkins" is not your prototypical heroine and looks as though she bleached her hair one too many times and some of it seeped into her head. However, in the end, I would highly recommend this movie for those who enjoy horror/mystery with just the right
dash of gore that isn't a continually "in your face" situation. Bon appetite!
The audience is left in the dark as to what is going on, if anything, as things have an explanation outside of the Gammons.
This is a cult film which is a light dark comedy, pardon my oxymoron. Elfie operates in an amateur fashion using 1980's technology. She clearly plays her hand too soon. Just a fun cult popcorn film.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
Mr. Gammon (Rupert Evans, Hellboy), and his wife Ruby (Kate Magowan, A Lonely Place to Die), are in the travel business, and arrange to send some of the residents, off on some exotic adventures. The Gammon children Ruby (Gwyneth Keyworth), and Elliot (Will Payne) are also a bit odd, and Elfie suspicions about her new neighbors grows. As she attempts to learn more about the Gammon's family, the film unfolds like a PG-13 teen mystery, until things take a radically dark turn, and Elfie unexpectedly finds herself in a battle for her life.
While the film certainly earns its R rating in a bloody third act, the audience for this kind of gore, might be a little distracted by the protracted build up, featuring characters who carry on like junior grade kid detectives, and with Elfie antagonizing nearly everyone she meets. While sick and twisted horror/comedies are an English tradition, a little tighter focus might have worked better.
Things fly apart a bit at the end, after Elfie transitions into the "cannibal hunter", but the action scenes are pretty nicely executed, and matters are concluded quickly, with help from an unexpected source. For a black comedy, the acting performances serve the material well enough, and the stage is set for a sequel, should one be in the cards. A good effort, but one that doesn't quite have it completely together, Elfie Hopkins Cannibal Hunter may be something of an acquired taste for comedy/horror fans. The DVD release is not subtitled, and has absolutely nothing in the way of extras.