Title: Where The Dogs Divide Her

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Year: 2010

Genre: Independent / Mystery / Experimental

Language: English

Runtime: 108 min

Director: Martin Rutley

Writer: Andrew Rutley


Sometimes a man can find answers within himself that are far more horrifying than what your memory wants you to believe. We follow an unknown man's journey through his own insanity as he reveals a long forgotten dark secret about himself and his family.

Our thoughts:
I was pretty sure that this was gonna be a short film when I was contacted by the movie's writer, Andrew Rutley, but when I put this into the DVD player I noticed it was close to 2 hours long. I should say that I didn't think the movie would manage to interest me for that long, but even though parts of it could've been shortened, I definitely don't think this movie should've been a short film. The length works in its favor as it helps pull you into the mind of our lead character, and it almost plays out as sketches of pure insanity. A very ambitious independent effort, that's for sure.

"Where The Dogs Divide Her" takes a peak inside the head of an unknown man, and we follow him as he finds some dark secrets that he was part of. What else is there to say about the story? It's part mystery, part ghost story, and all absurdity. So much that the actual story didn't matter as much as the visuals. Not to say the story is bad, it's still very interesting, but if there is one part of the movie I felt could've been worked on more it would be how they chose to tell the story. Now, it's a very abstract and experimental horror mystery, so there is a reason to why the story is the way it is. It's not pushing it down your throat, you will either struggle to understand it or you will not understand it at all. And both are fine in this case, I feel the strongest parts of the movie isn't the overall story but how the filmmakers have chosen to reveal it. The dark horrific glimpses of this man's insanity are enough to keep the average independent horror fan interested.

The acting is good and considering we have so few characters it was very important that it was. It's all fairly professional, really, considering it's such a micro-budget. The look of the movie might become slightly tedious because it has a color adjustment and saturation that I feel can get a bit too much at times. It works perfectly in some scenes, however. My favorite being the creepy singing scene, it was nothing less than perfection.

It's not really a gory movie, instead it manages to almost be disturbing by the use of sound. Babies screaming and laughing, calm and beautiful songs, etc. It's really impressive to see a film that works this much with sound, something I try to do as much as possible myself too. They clearly get how important it can be to work that in there.

This is a fine piece of independent filmmaking, it's clear that Andrew and Martin Rutley will be doing some messed up films in the future. "Where The Dogs Divide Her" is a pitch-black horror mystery that is dying to fuck with your head. Could it have been better? Sure, it could have. I'd be lying if I said otherwise. If I were to nitpick, there are more things to mention, but in all honesty I don't see a point to do so. This is something different, something interesting, and sometimes that's enough. It doesn't need to be the best independent film of 2010 to still be impressive. It impressed me in some ways that few independent films do, and it's a joy to see such an (as I said before) ambitious effort. Best of luck to the makers of this one!

Positive things:
- The singing scene. Stunning! The mask made it even more so.
- Works heavily with sound.
- Good acting saves the day!
Negative things:
- I think the story could've been revealed differently and perhaps faster.
- The color adjustments and saturation became tedious after a while.
- Would have liked to see parts of it shortened.
- The "old film filter".

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 0/5

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