Film of the Week :: Tea Break, by Sam Walker (2004)

WARNING :: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED :: THIS IS A GRUESOME FILM

Tea Break, by Sam Walker

This week’s Film of the Week on kinolondon.com is a Halloween treat.

It’s not easy to make a decent horror film, not least because one person’s scary is another person’s silly. An approach that often seems to work though, as far as I can tell, is to build in a certain detachment from the horror. One person going out about their horrific business with zero empathy and seemingly little personal pleasure. Just, for instance, killing – since that’s a pretty scary subject – because that’s all they know.

On that basis, Sam Walker’s multiple award-winning Tea Break, has it down to a, well… tea! It’s very gruesome, very cold and – whilst not exactly frightening – is really quite disturbing. It’s also pretty funny, once you accept the initial, erm… practicalities.

Sam’s a great filmmaker, and was a guest a Kino last year, where he also screened his 2001 short Duck Children. It lacks the budget of Tea Break, but is just as brilliant.

Happy Halloween Kino Londoners!

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