While Bustillo & Maury's first film 'Inside', was a simple, grotesque and ultimately horrific slasher flick, the directing duo's follow-up effort, "Livid' is a much more ambitious, dark fairy tale. The story of Lucie, a woman still struggling to adjust to life after her mother's suicide. She begins a job as a young caretaker, leading her to an old, desolate mansion where Madame Jessel, a comatose, former ballet instructure lies in a coma. After learning that this mansion apparently houses vast priceless treasure, Lucy is convinced by her boyfriend to break into the mansion on Halloween night, which of course leads them on a dark path of horrific discovery. While the story of "Livid' is a bit convoluted, the film is wildly ambitious and inventive in creating a tale that combines vampire mythos, fairytale surrealism, some spooky macabre to create a creepy, fascinating horror film. While 'Inside' relied more of pure tension and ultra-violence, Livid is a film that relies much more on mystery and atmosphere to create this dark, creepy tale. The film doesn't spend much time on narrative, as the viewer must pick things up as they go along, but it's ultimately what one would hope for from a horror film delivering a creepy, inventive, supernatural horror story.
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