More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Citadel,” a horror film about a widower whose agoraphobia may not be as irrational as it appears — not a documentary about the military college of South Carolina.
Director: Ciaran Foy
Cast: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku
Criticwire Average: B- (16 critics)
Official Synopsis: “An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier.”
“A horrifying thriller painted on a small and very dark canvas.”
“An inventive combination of tense realism and more over-the-top horror.”
“Steeped in the fear of poverty, the film prompts us to wonder what’s gestating in those low-income tower blocks: feral monsters or economically deprived delinquents?”
“It‘s a strange case of both the surface and subtextual levels of a film being so tightly knit, the story doesn’t feel balanced.”
“You can’t make a British horror film these days without straining to articulate class anxieties, and Ciaran Foy’s ‘Citadel’ is no exception.”
“Citadel” is now available on DVD and VOD.