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Elfie Hopkins

Elfie Hopkins

Released 20 April 2012
Director Ryan Andrews

Jaime Winstone, Ray Winstone, Aneurin Barnard, Kimberley Nixon, Kate Magowan, Rupert Evans, Steven Mackintosh, Gwyneth Keyworth
Writer(s) Ryan Andrews, Riyad Barmania

Billy Murray, Jonathan Sothcott, Michael Wiggs
Origin United Kingdom
Running Time 89 minutes
Genre Horror, thriller
Rating 16

Naff is a word that comes to mind. Stronger words could also be easily expressed regarding this film but, despite some scenes of a semi-horrific nature, I'll leave those to your imagination. It's hard to really quantify how odd and pointless Elfie Hopkins really is – it is almost a case of you'd have to see it to believe it but, my oh my, I'd certainly wait for it to be released on DVD before wasting money too much money in passing judgement.

Okay, perhaps a tad harsh but the British horror is indeed poor. Inspired, in a way, by her mother's peculiar death, Elfie Hopkins is an aspiring teen detective who, along with her best friend Dylan, sets about solving the mystery case of her new neighbours, the Gammons. The Gammons are weird from the get-go but effectively mimic the Cullen family from Twilight in every possible way so to say that their freakishness is unoriginal would be an understatement of epic proportions.

As residents of the small, hunter’s village begin to go missing, Elfie and Dylan piece together the clues that unearth a shocking – it's obvious – conclusion. What follows is what I can only describe as a bloodier version to the finale of the television soap Brookside, for those that can remember it.

The main positive aspect I can attribute to this movie is that you will certainly remain intrigued until the very end. Now, whether this is because of the story, the acting or the entertainment derived from the general lousiness of it all, especially the ending, is up for debate. The latter, probably. Jaime Winstone, daughter of acclaimed actor Ray Winstone, portrays the inquisitive Elfie and, to be fair, she is decent as the quirky slacker but the less said about the puzzling cameo of her father the better.

Marketed as a horror, Elfie Hopkins isn't really one. There's enough gore and one particularly stomach-turning scene to keep it in this vein but overall the frights are at a minimum. Spend money on this film at your peril.

- David Caulfield