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Baghead (2023) ★★★




Following the death of her estranged father, Iris learns she has inherited a run-down, centuries-old pub. She travels to Berlin to identify her father’s body and meet with The Solicitor to discuss the estate. Little does she know, when the deed is signed she will become inextricably tied to an unspeakable entity that resides in the pub’s basement—Baghead—a shape-shifting creature that can transform into the dead.


Baghead unfortunately rides closely on the release date of Talk To Me, so feels very derivative in its making. However, I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. Maybe not for its lack of original idea, but there were quite a few ways it set itself apart.

The shape-shifting demon/witch as a tenant to this broken-down historical pub felt very plausible and well-executed. The creature effects were pulled off admirably, yet some of the more simpler special effects were grossly amateurish, like the fire scene in the end. The acting was okay, but the lead character was just one of these horror tropes…let’s make all the wrong decisions. Iris (played by Freya Allan) inherits the pub with the demonic presence and manages to do every stupid thing possible to make sure it all ends badly. Laughably so. But then the character started off similarly losing her apartment and being a total screw up, so this was just a continuation of her downward spiral. I blame the writing, not the acting, of course, as Allan was decent in this role.

I will admit that Baghead was just a good enough film to fill the void of a new Talk To Me release, one of the best horror movies in recent memory. But overall Baghead ended up being just an okay film. As other reviewers have already stated quite perfectly: it wasn’t Talk To Me, it was more Talk To Meh.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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