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Cast: Julia Ormond (TV's The Walking Dead: World Beyond, My Week With Marilyn), Emma Draper (Wellington Paranormal), Cohen Holloway (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do In The Shadows), Ava Keane (Daffodils), Gina Laverty (Wellington Paranormal), John Bach (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Return of the King)

Director: Jake Mahaffy

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Horror

Year: 2021

Rating: NR

A pregnant woman returns to her recently deceased grandparentsí old family home to spend time with her estranged mother. What begins as a tenuous reunion slowly turns terrifying.

'Reunion' tells the story of Ellie, a young woman who is having a baby. She escapes from an abusive relationship and heads to her parents old home in homes of finishing her work. Upon arriving she finds her mother there who is sorting through the family belongings and taking care of her husband before selling the home. At first Ellie doesn't want her mother around, they have been estranged for years now but decides to let her mother stay and her mother vows to not get in her way.

But it doesn't take long before Ellie's mental health begins to deteriorate when she begins to see and hear things. The family history seems to be a part of why she is losing her grip. There are family secrets that cut long and deep.

'Reunion' is not going to be for everyone but I do recommend it to fans of art house and Independent films as well. It is a disturbing tale of a family's dark secrets, there is family drama, mystery and a bit of ghostly horror going on.

Julia Ormond and Emma Draper deliver amazing performances as mother and daughter. Gina Laverty and Ava Keane are both terrific as young Ellie and Cara. The rest of the supporting cast are all great as well.

'Reunion' is one of those films that gets your attention right from the start and it keeps you engaged until the shocking climax. The film is full of mystery tension and suspense. It is soaked in atmosphere and gets under your skin and stays there.

Writer/Director, Jake Mahaffy does a great job telling his tale with a slow and deliberate pace. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next. If you like your horror with developed characters, a story that not only makes you think but also creeps the hell out of you then this is the movie for you. 'Reunion' is coming to theaters and digital/VOD 2/5 from Dark Sky Films so be sure to check it out.

Released by Dark Sky Films

*** 3/4 Out Of *****