Overall Score: 7/10
FEAR FACTOR: 5/10
SPECIAL EFFECTS: 8/10
This is one of those movies that’ll cause you to Google “wtf just happened” afterwards because of its dense, and frankly confusing, plot. The movie could definitely be classified as an intense drama film, but its subtle horrific elements allowed it to make the cut for Fright Watch.
The general premise of the movie is that a woman gets into a car accident, and soon she starts remembering traumatic events from her childhood that she had previously suppressed. Weird things start happening and she visits her old childhood home to try and remember more, but the truth ends up darker than she’d hoped.
The issue with “Lavender” is that it doesn’t make much sense until the end. I was confused if she was dealing with ghosts or humans, I was confused if we were watching a daydream or real life, and I was confused what time period each scene took place in because it seemed to jump back and forth.
By the time the credits rolled, I had figured most of the plot out, but you definitely won’t want to zone out during the film if you have any hopes of it making sense.
I was incredibly impressed with the cinematography in “Lavender,” and the acting was pretty great for a horror movie. I wish it contained more scares and/or gore, because overall, we only really see blood (not wounds) and that’s just not enough.
For a Netflix movie, I’d rate this well above average, but if you’re looking for a wild ride, don’t settle here. It’s hardly a scary movie.