Running Time: 80 mins
Fri 20 Jun, 22:30
The popularity of the Gothic in pop culture has been re-vamped in the last decade, and is frequently populated with non-threatening, misunderstood or simply misguided monsters just waiting to be tamed. Edward Scissorhands, Buffy's Angel and now you can add Spike (Edward Gusts) to the list. Not simply a monster, his attack on the protagonists of this tale is secretly motivated by a deep sense of longing and lost love from this prickly social misfit. Yet who knew a car full of lesbians, jocks and bimbos falling foul of a human/hedgehog hybrid could be so po-faced? Debut writer/director Robert Beaucage certainly has the visual panache; it's exceptionally well put together considering its humble budget. Deep inside beats a barbed heart of darkness, but what this fairy tale sorely lacks is true magic.