Community – Film Review
Director: Jason Ford
Cast: Jemma Dallender, Elliott Jordan, Paul McNeilly
by Dan Berlinka
The opening suggests ‘found-footage’. But once this British horror starts it abandons the hand-held doco pastiche. In fact, the photography is actually quite stylish, albeit clearly on a micro budget.
The premise of Community is simple. Documentary film students encounter the nightmarish residents of a sinister sink estate. Performances are inevitably a little variable, but the estate’s creepy kids are put to good use. There’s a genuinely menacing turn from Terry Bird. He mixes the mundane with malevolence to quietly chilling effect.
“This debut shows real promise”
And perhaps most refreshing of all, despite the ‘bourgeois fear of the underclass’ premise, it still manages to offer a few surprises and likewise avoids the temptation to head off into torture porn.
Of course, it’s not without its limitations – the latter third shows signs of flagging and the overall rating score is probably generous unless you’re an out and out genre fan.
But if you are, this debut shows real promise and makes me interested to see what first-time feature director Jason Ford will do once he has more resources at his disposal.