Mourn­ing gory

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re­leased 22 Fe­bru­ary 2015 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD/ down­load

Di­rec­tors Ben and Chris Blaine

Cast Abi­gail Hard­ing­ham, Cian

Barry, Fiona O’Shaughnessy

So: the death of a loved one – let’s sum­marise what we all know, shall we? It hurts like hell, it can take an age to “move on”, and in the mean­time the miss­ing per­son can still feel like a pres­ence. Brit hor­ror Nina For­ever re­states these tru­isms via a liv­ing/ liv­ing/ dead mé­nage à trois.

After shelf- stacker Rob loses girl­friend Nina to a car crash, he hooks up with work­mate Holly. But there’s one slight prob­lem: when­ever they have sex, Nina’s blood­ied corpse rises up, un­bid­den, through the mat­tress. Awk­ward.

The fact that this doesn’t de­ter Holly re­sults in some scenes that are strangely sexy – which is a pretty dis­con­cert­ing thing to find your­self typ­ing about a necrophil­iac three­some... As Nina, Fiona O’Shaughnessy ( Utopia’s Jes­sica Hyde) has a few great one- lin­ers – though the char­ac­ter’s man­nered kook may set your teeth on edge. But the grief al­le­gory feels mer­ci­lessly be­laboured; after half an hour you feel like throw­ing your hands in the air and cry­ing, “Yes, I get it!”

Ex­tras Deleted/ al­ter­nate scenes, with di­rec­to­rial com­men­tary ( 40 min­utes); an arty mon­tage of ef­fects work, B- roll and sto­ry­boards ( nine min­utes); a brief promo piece. Ian Ber­ri­man

As teens, the Blaine broth­ers made a VHS epic about the Sec­ond Com­ing. Their school banned it!

Sue was rub­bish at paint­ing her nails.

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