The Feature film debut from Rue Morgue Magazine founder Rodrigo Gudino has a mouthful of a title. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. How very Toronto of him. Prick. Honestly, I liked the film. It concerns an Antiques Dealer named Leon who inherits all the possessions of his estranged mother, Rosalind, following her recent death. Upon entering her home, he finds that his mother has filled her home with antiquities and religious iconography, most of which was purchased in secret from Leon himself. As night sets in, Leon begins to feel a sinister presence in the house with him, hears whispering voices and the creaks and groans of the old house. It’s an interesting narrative, as we hear the voice of Rosalind, as if reading a letter to Leon, but as time goes on, it becomes clear she is communicating from beyond the grave. Can he hear her? What is it that scratches behind the doors and peers at Leon in the dark? What is the story with the bizarre Angel worshiping cult that Rosalind was caught up in? Is any of the supernatural activity really happening, or is it all in his mind? These questions are never answered fully, but just enough is given to us to allow us to speculate and form our own opinions. Leon(Aaron Pool) is the only character we see on screen for the entire duration of the film, with the exception of on-screen video viewing. Even when two creepy Neighbors come knocking at the door, we never see them, We just see Leon open the door, lean out, and talk to them. In a lot of ways, it’s almost as if we are seeing the film through the eyes of a spirit that is unable to leave the house. The pacing is slow and deliberate, echoing many religious horror films of yesteryear. It becomes very easy to feel the house almost as a living character, oppressive, and lonely, further entrenching the slow burn creepiness of this film. If you are going to watch this film, i recommend watching it alone, in a dark room, with no distractions, so you can truly appreciate what Rosalind is trying to tell us.
6/10 creepy Angel Statues