Wildling review - a coming-of-age creature feature that suffers from lack of depth
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Placing the teenage girl as the monster is a longstanding theme in popular culture, particularly within the horror genre. Films such as Carrie, Ginger Snaps, Jennifer’s Body, and even the 2016 Cannes contestant Raw - all offer gruesome and gory depictions of growing up in the female body. Wildling, the feature debut from German director Fritz Böhm, seeks to join that list. The independent creature feature is tied to the trauma of a girl named Anna (The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s Bel Powley), whose body starts to go through several disturbing changes following her rescue from isolated captivity. Plenty for the film to sink its teeth into, then. Which begs the question: why doesn’t it? The initial setup shows promise; opening with the creepy silhouette of 'Daddy' (Brad Dourif), who asks a young Anna if she would like to hear about the Wildling, a ferocious, child-eating monster who lives in the surrounding woods. To keep Anna protected, 'Daddy' keeps her locked in the attic on a strictly vegetarian diet, all the while administering her with a painful “medicine” to stop her period.
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