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Saturday, January 12, 2019


During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman must save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil.

Starring: Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, and Brynie Furstenberg

Directed by: Doron Paz and Yoav Paz

Written by: Ariel Cohen
   Whether it’s an urban legend, myth, or folklore, each present a great opportunity to create a quality horror movie. What makes it even better is when you’re unfamiliar with the tale, as is the case of the Golem. Having never heard of a Golem, there were no expectations as to what was about to take place! So did they make the most out of  the Golem to make a quality horror movie?
  A few things really stand out about “The Golem.” The first is Hanna’s (Hani Furstenberg) story, and the tough decisions she must make. Hanna is a mother who’s suffering the loss of a child, struggling to keep her marriage together, and filled with the need to protect her village from invaders. This causes her to create the Golem, and take on all the responsibilities that comes with. In some cases she has some control over who the Golem kills, but it’s the other cases and what ultimately happens to the village that weight on her the most. 
  If your expecting the Golem to be a big and scary monster it’s not! It’s just a little boy, which is a little disappointing at first. However, after seeing the instant death he can cause makes up for it. Adding to Hanna’s struggle is how the Golem resembles her little boy she lost years ago. This clouds her vision, and makes her not see it for the evil creature it really is.
  Not only does Hanna have a great story, but the overall story is put together and shot very nicely. They seem to reveal everything at the right time, and give the audience exactly enough information. Being set in the 1600’s helps produce some terrific images. The fight and death scenes are pulled off well, especially in the few cases of instant death at the hands of the Golem. 
  While the Golem is what the audience came to see, Hani steals the show with her performance of Hanna. She truly brings out all of her character's struggles. No the Golem isn't a terrifying beast, but can be every bit as scary. It turns out that they do enough with this folklore to make "The Golem" worth giving 3 pools of blood!


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