Directed and written by Patrick Steele
Starring Carolyn McCormick, Marianne Porter,
Reg Land, John Woodruff and Kevin R Kelly
True Nature is an indie film that made a nice splash in the film festival circuit a few years back, walking away with several awards. Its a look at an affluent family and their struggle to cope with first their daughter's disappearance and then sudden return 1 year later. If you enjoy cerebral horror you may find this one right up your alley.
The Pascals have it all, money, beautiful home, affluent lifestyle, and the perfect little family, that is until their daughter disappears one night without a trace. when she suddenly returns a year dirty, and unsure of where she has been you assume the worst is behind the family now, but the truth is much stranger then you may expect. She begins to have violent flashbacks and nightmares as the days wear on, seeing strange figures that seem to disappear. Her mother becomes agitated at her lack of effort in trying to pick up the pieces, while her father struggles with alcohol and work. Maybe all isn't as rosy as they want you to believe in the Pascal House?!
This is one of those films that tears me a bit, on one hand it offers something unique which is hard to find in proliferation these days, but on another hand it felt like it was lacking something to me. I will do my best to break it down for you with out giving away too much info, because the less you know about this one going in the more you will enjoy the great things it does offer.
First off this is a cerebral film meaning its story and character driven rather than action or effects driven. Its a film that will have you thinking, trying to put the pieces together as you watch, for some that is a negative. I however, enjoy thought provoking films as much as I enjoy mindless slashers, just depends on the mood of the day so I didn't mind the slower pace of this one. The story is well written, feeling like one thing going in, and then subtly changing over the course of the film to something entirely different. That is one of the things that is really successful about this indie flick. Another in the good category is the performances, some are better than other of course but they all pull you in and make you empathize and or despise the characters involved often going back and forth between the two. There are some great subtleties to the film as well, in effects, lighting and story that make you want to stay tuned in, and make True Nature visually a well crafted film.
One the down side, first off the ending is very abrupt which leaves you wondering some basic questions that you really want answered. It felt like this one needed about fifteen minutes or so to bring it to a conclusion that made more sense. That is by far the biggest complaint I have about this one, other than that I caught the twists a bit faster than Im sure some will, but that fault is more of a personal one based on my vast experience watching every kind of horror film I could get my hands on for more than 30 years lol! True Nature did offer a few surprises though, and I know many will be caught off guard by the curves this one throws.
All in all its not a bad film, and if you are a fan of indie horror, this is definitely worth a watch. Hell honestly I kind of like it, and will probably watch it again in the future to see if my perspective grows more a bit more one way or the other. I think True Nature will really appeal to some, it definitely has something unique and interesting that it offers, it just won't be in my collection anytime soon.