Hangman full movie review - Yet another impressive film from director Adam Mason
Adam Mason's latest film "Hangman" is the tale of a creepy, disturbed home invasion.
The story unfolds sequentially, both from the perspective of an innocent family who set out on holiday, only to return to find their home ransacked; and their twisted tormentor who is far from content at leaving it there.
Shot entirely using security cameras and hand held video recorders, Hangman benefits from Mason's fast, punchy editing to create a more dynamic, hard-hitting way of storytelling than is usually seen with this style of film making.
The cast throughout are excellent. Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) have a great chemistry, both delivering credibly as concerned parents under attack. The child cast members, Ryan Simpkins and Ty Simpkins, again play well against each other as squabbling, playful siblings. Together the close knit family gradually realise that home is no longer the safe haven it once was. My personal favourite character however was Eric Michael Cole, who portrays the demented intruder. Rather than balls to the wall intensity, Cole's subtle shades create a genuinely unsettling experience, which really helped to amp up the tension. His barefooted, masked, knife wielding psychopath preyed upon an unknowing family, literally tempting fate for his moment to strike. In fact, the standout moments of Hangman are during these "will he, won't he?" scenes, when the intruder takes chances, pushes his luck and gets as close as possible to the family without actually coming face to face. I've been a long-time fan of British director Adam Mason, from first watching Pig back in 2010. He's a bold story teller, with a growing list of memorable and twisted movies to his credit. Mason likes to deliver a final punch in the last scene of his films, and Hangman is no exception. Yet another solid piece of work to add to his impressive filmography, well worth investing your time in.
Special mention also needs to be given to film's composer Antoni Maiovvi ( His chilling distorted Italo disco brings sinister echoes of John Carpenter, Goblin and Tangerine Dream.