Tony D’Aquino’s “The Furies” is teeming with potential but is a movie that seems to be hell bent on pissing away any and all entertainment value at every turn. Everything in “The Furies” could have used another draft, from the motives of the mysterious villains, the motivation of the protagonists, and of course the final scene that ends on the presumption that a sequel is coming up the pipe line or something.
Rebellious high school students Kayla and her best friends Maddie are stalked and abducted by a sinister presence while out bombing their neighborhood with graffiti. Waking up, in the woods, bound and disoriented in a claustrophobic coffin-like apparatus. Kayla notices a terrifying masked man fast approaching, armed with a razor-sharp axe. As a chase ensues, it soon becomes clear that Kayla and her pursuer are not alone. There are six more young women, each with a masked stalker assigned to them, hell-bent on murder.
“The Furies,” to its credit tries to push an old narrative in to a new direction, I just wish we could have seen a lot more unique and original ideas. “The Furies” is basically “Hostel” meets “The Most Dangerous Game” and often times I wish director D’Aquino opted more for the latter in the narrative than the former. While I would have loved to see a lot more scenes of these giants stalking their victims, the moment it becomes apparent that there are teams the movie falls right off the rails. Odd rules and guidelines, and brand new conflicts are all introduced and peter out by the climax. Writer D’Aquino also tacks on a ton of ideas that never amount to anything. Why do the girls have to wear the bracelets? Why do they explode?
Why are the killers attached to their victims? Are the killers also victims forced in to murder? Who, or what, is watching this all unfold? Is this being streamed online? Why did they install surveillance in the backs of their eyes? And so on. Absolutely nothing in the climax is resolved, and so much of “The Furies” just feels undercooked, and half hearted in its development. While there are some great kills, and some creative slashers on board, Tony D’Aquino should really re-think the whole concept if he’s planning on a sequel down the line.