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Censor - Review

Take Control of Your Story. 4 / 5

Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond.

When film censor Enid is assigned to review a disturbing film from the archive that echoes her hazy childhood memories, she begins to unravel how this eerie work might be tied to her past.

From the retro British film logos and the first frame soaked in red and blue light, Censor immerses you in its works of deranged horror fuelled by ‘video nasties’.

Enid works in film censorship in the 80s, surrounding her with some of the most horrific images ever put to film. As tensions resurface about her missing, presumed dead sister she slowly begins to lose grip on reality as the lives between fact and fiction begin to merge.

Prano Bailey-Bond has created a real love letter to this era whist also creating a piece that stands tall among them. Although the pace may creep early on, this slow build of unease pays off in of the most unsettling final acts I've ever seen.

As the film closes in around you all you can do is watch the terror unfold paired with a brilliantly unnerving lead performance by Niamh Algar.

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