Released: 25 August 2018
Director: Kevin Chicken
Cinematography: Jim Marks
Screenplay: Kevin Chicken, Dusan Tolmac
Distributor: Kew Media Group
Cast: Richard Brake- Bob, Natalia Kostrzewa- Katia and Jo Woodcock- Lucy
Film Rating: 18
Review Rating: 5/5
Review *** Spoiler Alert***
The main plot throughout the film is of a young Polish woman who develops a relationship with a mysterious tattoo artist called Bob. He takes a sinister turn when she becomes increasingly fascinated by him. Who wouldn’t want to be interested in Bob’s fantastic artwork which you’ll see throughout the film.
It starts with the title and inkblots of different colours, which I believe is a link to the psychology and creative mind of Bob. This is accompanied by music from Sulphur that really grabs your attention, due to its atmospheric and dark nature, and made me want to continue watching.
Throughout the film, you are introduced to Bob, who is the tattoo artist, Katia, who is being kicked out of her friend’s place, and after that to Lucy, who allows Katia to stay. These are the main characters throughout the film, so it was easy to follow the storyline.
It starts getting more and more interesting as it goes, as there are close up visuals on a person getting a tattoo and body modification scene. This is fascinating to watch and truly beautiful to see even though personally I won’t get body modification. Hey, I’m a tattoo girl, I appreciate the creativity in this area.
There is a part in the film which involves a kidnapping; it gets very dark and creepy but fascinating to watch, especially when Bob starts tattooing Katia. There are references to Stockholm syndrome where the young women are being groomed by the tattoo artist. This may be uncomfortable to some viewers, but this creates purpose throughout the film because she starts accepting body modification as a beautiful art form and becomes stronger in the end as a person, even though neither she nor anyone should ever go through a traumatic ordeal to accept beauty or have positive self-esteem.
Also, in my opinion, the movie as a whole teaches people different concepts and views on what should be beautiful and body-positive. There is a part where Katia is looking through a book on modification and tattoos and says, “this person looks weird or looks ugly”, and the tattoo artist explains that there are no limits on what is beautiful: this can be changing hair colour, new clothes, tattoos and body modification, which is excellent to see.
The cinematography by Jim Marks is spectacular, from the London skyline to the torture, to the body modification. The filming of Katia’s kidnapping keeps you involved and helps convey the emotions straight to you.
I love that this film is filmed in London, Camden. Hearing references to the Dev, which we all know is Camden Town’s oldest and most famous metal, punk and rock n’ roll pub, was such a nice touch.
Would I recommend this film? I would recommend this film with its different horror elements, and also the beautiful tattoo designs if you’re interested in body modification. I also liked that it had a decent storyline, recognisable actors and was filmed in London, it’s just a shame I didn’t get to watch this on a big cinema screen as I bet it was intense and suspenseful.