The Curse of Willow Song (2020) Film Review

Black & white psychokinetic horror in DTES Vancouver

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writer & Director: Karen Lam
Starring: Valerie Tian

The Curse of Willow Song is an award-winning horror/drama set in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES). We follow Willow as she struggles to get back on her feet and recover from drug addiction and prison. We soon find out it’s not that easy, especially when there are external forces and systemic barriers that hinder her progress.

A black and white film of a not so black and white reality

The Curse of Willow Song is filmed in a chilling black and white backdrop that juxtaposes the challenges of her reality. At every turn Willow is up against the walls of prejudice, racism, sexism, and classism. She continues her efforts to start on a new leaf but is again and again halted by the people gatekeeping her progress.

Psychokinetic revenge

This isn’t your average horror film, and it’s not your average prison/addiction drama. As Willow slams against more and more barriers, we also see her go deeper and deeper into a sinister power. Will it be enough to break free of those who display power over her? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Award-winning film, direction, and cinematography

This haunting film is the well-deserved winner of three film awards. They received 10 Leo Award nominations and two awards including Best Direction and Best Cinematography. Furthermore, the Vancouver International Film Festival awarded them Best BC Film.

Shortcomings

Can’t think of any.

A gritty award-winning revenge horror.

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