Burning Bright DVD

A young woman in a vest and a pair of shirts and her autistic brother are stalked around a boarded up house by a hungry tiger unleashed on them by their step father.

Ok, stop. Now, if that doesn’t sound fun to you, then there’s really not much point you carrying on reading this review.

Still here? Ok, then I’ll continue. Just didn’t want to waste those other people’s time.

Now, if you are still reading, I’m going to educate your inquisitive mind.

Burning Bright is much better then my simple plot summary above. Admittedly, that premise is pretty much what the film is about, but it manages to work on a different level to other teen slashery thriller type films.


First off, there’s a tiger.

This alone, and the interesting way in which the tiger is used in the film, elevates it somewhat. This is no blanket-wearing, knife-wielding psycho chasing our barely clothed heroine around the house, this is a big, hungry, pissed off jungle cat trying to take her down. Much more original.

And, talking about our barely clothed heroine Kelly (Briana Evigan), both the character and the actress playing her manage to take the stereotypes of the slasher film female and play with it enough to really make the role fresh and interesting.

I was really impressed by Briana Evigan. This is the third film I’ve seen her in, the others being Step Up 2: The Streets and Soriety Row, and I really think her acting has come along a lot. She is very believable, her expressions and reactions spot on. Given that the tiger was never actually on set at the same time with her at any point, her reactions to the threat of the giant hungry beast are perfect.

There are some genuinely thrilling moments in the film, as Kelly tries to protect her brother Tom (played competently by Charlie Tahan) from a chompy death by tiger, her efforts hindered by her autistic brother’s behaviour. Perfect use of hand-held cameras and sound effects manage to keep the threat alive during the moments that the tiger is not on the screen, ramping up the tension beautifully.

The supporting cast of Garret Dillahunt, as Kelly and Tom’s step father John, and Meat Loaf as the man who sells him the tiger, are also great. Meat Loaf hams it up a bit, but manages to sell both John and us from the start that this tiger isn’t just a normal tiger. This is a nasty, mean sonofabitch, capable of nasty nasty deeds. Dillahunt plays his part with less theatrics, making John less of the pantomime villain then he could be, choosing to go the calmer route. Which works well.

A short, well structured and incredibly entertaining film, Burning Bright is now in my pile of guilty pleasure films, for when I need cheering up. It was never going to win any awards, but you could do worse than check it out. I got my copy for £3 from my local Blockbuster, and I’m sure you could find it just as cheap elsewhere. If you see it, pick it up. I don’t think you will regret it.


About greywulf

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Posted on September 13, 2011, in DVD Review, Film Review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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