NINA FOREVER || 2015, UK || Horror || Directed by – Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine / Written by – Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine / Produced by – Kevin Foster, Sarah Foster, Ben Gallop, Andy Gordon, Caroline Johnson, Geoff Johnson, Tremayne Johnson, Jo Moore, Anne Rigg, Quinny Sacks, Cassandra Sigsaard, Adrian Thornycroft, Harvey Ward, Bruce Webb / Music by – Daniel Teper / Cinematography – Oli Russell / Editing by – Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine / Production design – Damien Creagh / Starring – Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Abigail Hardingham, Cian Barry, Elizabeth Elvin, David Throughton / Running time: 98 mins.
A newly formed couple find their bloomind romance disturbed by the resurfacing of his ex-girlfriend, who literally comes back from the dead everytime they start to have sex.
Nina Forever marks the feature directorial debut by the Blaine Brothers. It is a story that uses a genre horror outlook to genuinely explore some human concerns of sadness, more specifically that which is related to relationships. All this with a healthy dosage of campy humour.
Visually, the colour palette benefits greatly from the film’s obsession with the contrast between an enveloping darkness and the colour red, blood red to exact. This makes even the goriest of moments seem beautiful in their own way. The art direction too is commendable. There is no use of digital blood here, and the realism of the effects recall the craftsmanship of Sam Raimi’s influential Evil Dead, with its sheer creativeness and skill.
Fiona O’Shaughnessy as the zombie like ex-girlfriend steals the show with her physical turn, twisting and turning her body in impossible ways, and delivering golden one liners like “it’s like comparing Linda Lovelace to Florence Nightingale,” when teasing her love rival, comparing their sex skills.
Occasionally, Nina Forever doesn’t feel able to carry its feature length on its shoulders. The intermittently unfolding sex scenes provide an increasingly tiring structure. Thankfully, the film still maintains a certain freshness through its creativity, and is held together by a surprisingly mature, humane and rewarding character development. – 4/5