WHEN I CONSUME YOU
Director: Perry Blackshear | USA | 2021 | 92 mins | UK Premiere
Brother and sister Wilson (Evan Dumouchel) and Daphne (Libby Ewing) had a difficult childhood. Their battles growing up have shaped their lives and personalities in very different ways; Wilson has remained almost childlike, struggling under the burden of adult life and responsibility, whereas Daphne is tough and fiercely protective of him, despite the mental strain this causes her as a recovering addict with ongoing issues of her own. When Daphne finds herself in grave danger at the hands of a mysterious supernatural entity, Wilson is forced to step up to face off against forces he does not fully understand. Under the guidance of his beloved sister, Wilson must summon all his strength, and fight for a future where the siblings shall no longer endure the torment and pain that has plagued their entire lives.
Perry Blackshear’s WHEN I CONSUME YOU is a poignant and heartfelt examination of what it means to truly confront your inner demons, rendered in striking visual metaphors which draw on familiar horror tropes to imbue this gripping story with further tension and dread. Blackshear presents Wilson’s heart-wrenching vulnerability in unflinching, empathetic detail, zoning in on the physicality of Dumouchel’s performance to convey the raw emotional intensity of the character. The tender portrayal of Wilson and Daphne’s relationship is all the more powerful when combined with elements of supernatural horror, and we as an audience must grapple with the weighty realisation that the film’s title is ‘when’, not ‘if’…