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Screamfest LA 2015: Naciye, by Alexander Miller

16 Oct


As much as I love horror films, I find myself at odds with the genre due to the varying clichés and tropes that steer many otherwise good films to the level of pulpy genre fare. While this preface may not sound like the most positive endorsement, Emru Cicek’s feature debut Naciye (which he also wrote) is directed with confidence and style that suggests we might see great things in his future as a director. Despite his best intentions Naciye isn’t the breakout debut feature I was rooting for. While the film had some flickering moments of brilliance, they were truncated by misguided forays into thematically alienating territory, underdeveloped characters, and a few too many loose ends.