Legend of the Muse

2020

Thriller

2
IMDb Rating 5.5/10 10 102 102

Director

Top cast

Kate Mansi as Maria
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933.19 MB
1280*694
English 2.0
NR
us  
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 25
1.69 GB
1920*1042
English 2.0
NR
us  
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
Seeds 31

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jennabwilen 9 / 10

Artsy horror

'Legend of the Muse' is a critically-acclaimed psychological thriller that has played at over 28 film festivals around the world, collecting awards for best feature, best screenplay, and audience choice, among other accolades.

Shot on a 15-day schedule, the feature is a slow burn, yet alluring as a psychological thriller. Artsy horror.

Reviewed by clanciai 10 / 10

The weirdest art thriller you have ever seen

There is very much in this that directly reminds you of Roman Polanski's unsurpassed psychological thriller "Repulsion" from 60 years ago, it's the same kind of moods and spooky capriciousness that suddenly explode into horrifying nastiness, and many problems remain when the film is finished. What about all those bodies? There are a number of them, and although you never see them quite dead they just don't disappear. The performances of Elle Evans and Riley Egan are terrific, at first you suspect that the whole movie will just consist of effects, but fortunately there is more to it than superficial artifice, as the legend behind the story is of vital importance and bears heavily on the film. It is gradually revealed by Jennie Fahn as the art gallery owner, who is the only one why understands what everything is all about, which makes her part as important as Elle Evans and Riley Egan. It is a weird story indeed that constantly grows in weirdness to over and over again reach great moments of unexpected turns and shocks. This is a film to remember and grant the same status as Polanski's "Repulsion", but this is all in colour. And being an art film, the red colour of blood is red indeed.

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 7 / 10

This is a beautiful film and certainly not the last we'll hear from writer and director John Burr.

The inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts, a Muse, a female deity who infuses man with the gift of poetry and song, began as a source of myth and legend in Greek culture, then spread to Roman culture. That Greco-Roman concept of supernatural inspiration inspired Irish poet W.B Yeats to expose the modern world to the leannán sídhe, aka "Fairy-Love," a beautiful, vampiric female who seeks out creative souls, i.e., painters or poets, musicians or writers, to be her lover; in exchange for the artist's devotion, the muse will bless them with artistic inspiration - as the artist spirals into a love of madness and, eventually, death.

Thrust into this supernatural vortex is the socially-awkward Adam (which returns us to the biblical story of Eve, The Garden, Adam's first wife, and the first "muse," if you will: Lilith), an artist with technical talents to spare, but he lacks the heart to transform into an artist of distinction. Desperate for cash (another rent increase on his cavernous studio hovel), he drives his seedy neighbor into the woods to do a drug deal (and scores $300 bucks). It's there he hears the whispers of and meets an entrancing, silent blonde muse - who's already killed two men fixing a flat tire near her wooded domain. And now that Adam's laid his eyes on her, she's latched onto his soul.

Back at the studio, where the muse now lives, Adam begins to feverishly sketch and paint images of her; his drug-dealing neighbor sees her as a "loose end." She quickly begins dispatching those who threaten her and come between her and Adam. Even when she's caked in blood, Adam embraces her - and cleans up after the mayhem. And he soon begins to ensnare others to "feed" her.

In the world of indie film, horror is the most popular of genres among aspiring filmmakers, since the format lends itself to be shot cost-effectively without splashy practical effects (e.g., the works of Eli Roth, such as Hostel), instead relying on light and shadows, and a slow burn of darkness and suspense. Such is this nine film and second feature film overall (the first was 1999's The Beast; Legends of the Muse is the first to receive widespread distribution) by director John Burr.

The level of quality of this psychological, atmospheric tale - pushed beyond the limits of beauty by cinematographer Damian Horan - mesmerizes in the same way that Nicolas Roeg brought a level of class and style to the Italian Giallo genre with his 1973 masterpiece, Don't Look Now. (If you're familiar with Roeg's classic editing style employed in that that film during its "sexually graphic" love-making scene between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, you'll understand my comparison of this film to Roeg's work.)

And it's not just Burr's eye and Horan's lens: all of the film disciplines are at their finest the in frames of Legends of the Muse - but we must single out the performance of Elle Evans (the wife of Matthew Bellamy of, ironically, the band Muse; you may have previously seen her in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse). A true standout in the acting department as The Muse, she captivates without a syllable of dialog, employing only facial expressions and body language.

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