By James Secker
After a successful worldwide film festival run, Sator: The Beast Within is finally unleashed in the UK this February. A chilling slice of slow-burn horror. Set in a desolate forest, a broken family is being observed by a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them.
Created over five years by director, writer and cinematographer: Jordan Graham, this unnerving film oozes atmosphere and tension. Telling the story through different aspect ratios, Graham deserves praise for his stylish and creative approach. It’s best watched late at night with the lights down and the volume up.
The actors do a fine job but it’s the cinematography and sound that are the real stars here. Shots are haunting and beautiful, staying with you long after the credits roll and the sound is incredibly unsettling, constantly keeping you on edge with every scene. It’s a slow-paced film there’s no doubt about it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t intriguing and engrossing, with a fantastic payoff in the final fifteen minutes. Fans of The Witch and Hereditary will like this a lot.
It’s a labour of love from a filmmaker who really knows a thing or two about how to make an effective horror. He’s a talent to keep an eye on and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Sator: The Beast Within will be available in the UK on Digital Download from February 15th and on DVD from February 22nd via Lightbulb Film Distribution.