tisdag 24 augusti 2010

The Tattooist (2007)

Here is an interesting little flick that somehow never really got the attention it deserved. It's no masterpiece but a decent horrormovie with a good, fascinating story and some fun, bloody grue. Jason Behr plays tattooartist Jake Sawyer who has a strange fascination for tattoos with magical powers, even up to the point that he is sought out by sick people wanting to be cured. When a young boy dies (the father believes that the tattoo was the cause) he flees the country and ends up in New Zeeland, mainly for the interest in the samoan rituals of tatau, a deeply rooted coming of age rite. He steals a tool from a fellow artist but realizes his mistake after cutting himself on it and experiencing some pretty weird dreams. The problem is, the people he has tattooed are beginning to die horribly.

The whole concept of the samoan tattoos and making a horrormovie with it is a winning concept. The first half of the movie is pretty slow, but it is essential for building the story and when things start to happen we are rewarded with some pretty nifty deaths and a good tension all through to the end. Jason Behr makes a good brooder of a hero, and the new zeeland actors are all way above average taking the movie out of some last minutes hokeism regarding christianity and a slightly underpowered ending. A well written and fun horrorflick, well recommended.

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