Here’s the next installment of my top 31 films since 2000.
#25. Bridgend (2013)
This 2013 documentary isn’t a horror film per se, but it is one of the most haunting films I’ve ever seen. At the time of this film, the borough of Bridgend, South Wales, has been devastated by twenty-six suicides Since 2008, all but one by hanging, most committed by teenagers between ages 13 and 17. None had a history of mental illness, or gave any reason to take their own lives. Yet, one by one, some only hours after their friends are buried, are found hanged, leaving families and the community progressively dulled and baffled beyond rational thought.
Director John Michael Williams explores the phenomenon surrounding the deaths, interviewing the remaining family and friends of the deceased who reel in numbed disbelief; emptied sacks, speaking in strange lifeless tones, the stories eerily similar as though rehearsed by dreadful actors.
As the film neared its end, I was hopeful that life could return to the people of Bridgend. A new resolve and assured defiance seemed to echo in the optimistic voice of the new youth. And then the credits rolled.
I also highly recommend the fictional interpretation of these events by the same name starring the always amazing Hannah Murray from Game of Thrones.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #24.