Lilith (directed by Alex T. Hwang) took me back to those 90’s campy horror films that would have a whole trilogy following the death grip of the haunting villain. All the ingredients of blood, gore, teenage lust and reckless escapades unraveling in and out of control had me attached to every moment.
You cannot go wrong with that mixture of gut-wrenching horror. I love anthologies because it allows you to experience many short films in one. With Lilith, each story captures a distinct reaction. The representation of Lilith’s wrath in each storyline carried similar, yet different emotional affliction through all of its vessels. The similarities had one thing in common and that was the peril of vengeance.
A sick pattern of twisted fate that goes from an ordinary day to an unpredictable slay has its way with the characters. There is an underlying vulnerability that creeps with layers as human nature with deception. I love when there is a message within the gates of a fright fest. When horror is a gateway to real life issues it has a way of digging into the core of us. That’s how I digested Lilith’s content. The harsh reality of male toxicity took center stage. It hurts and it hunts you down for all that has been unrightfully done and not forgiven. It becomes very hard to decide who the real evil-doer is.
It was so amazing seeing veteran actor Vernon Wells’ (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando, Innerspace, Silent Night, Zombie Night) intriguing persona come forth in Lilith. His on-screen presence was ever so daunting.
What a treat to see Felissa Rose, who made her debut in the cult horror classic Sleepaway Camp, breathe wickedness into the persona of Lilith.
The imagery of slaughter is impeccable in this film. The authenticity of the make-up and prosthesis will definitely quiver your belly. I don’t usually get too squeamish but I definitely had to turn away once. This is the rush that you are supposed to get if done right.
It makes you feel every minute of the gushing scenes. The score set a chilling pace in all of its sinister glory. It complimented the visuals very well; making them more intense.
I love how Lilith touches on prominent issues going on in society and how vital forces intervene with retribution. Without giving too much away it truly sums up dark justice catching up with iniquities, while still mating with evil.
Lilith premieres on demand and digital July 30.
Samantha Hollins, aka Ghetto SongBird, is a multi-talented Rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, poet/writer, photographer and all around creative soul who passionately enjoys sharing her positive artistic energy and harmonic vibes. You can follow her group The Culture Rock Griot on Facebook and get additional information at her site Theculturerockgriot.com.