Notable Cast: Aaron Poole
While most direct to home video films tend to be pure shit, occasionally, as rare as it is, one is able to find a gem of a film. A diamond in a sea of mediocrity if you will. This is just what "The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh" came out to be. This little indie atmospheric horror film is not for everyone. Only those willing to buy into the concept and style are really going to dig into what "Rosalind Leigh" has to offer, but trust me when I say that if you are willing to step back and get lost in the atmosphere then it's a shockingly effective and spooky ride.
The initial concept for "Rosalind Leigh" is not a new one. A son returns to his forgotten home after the death of his mother to go through the possessions he has inherited. At the knick-knack and religious statue filled house, Leon seems to be haunted by memories of his almost cult like childhood with his mother as stranger and stranger things seem to happen around him. It's not a typical haunted house affair though. While the basic plot would indicate some sort of standard ghost film, writer/director Rodrigo Gudiño seems intent on taking it to a minimalist extreme with its execution...one that equals out to one man in a house for almost the entire run time.
|...just watching your back...|
|I'd burn that thing immediately. Right then and there.|
"The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh" is a film that sits as one with such high execution visually and conceptually that it's damn near guaranteed to make my 'best of horror' list at the end of the year. It's a slow one, but it works so well with its tension and subtle writing that it had me completely engrossed through the entire run time. It's not quite a perfect film, but it's most certainly a unique one.
Written By Matt Reifschneider