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Sweetie, You Won't Believe It - Blu-ray review
By James Whittington, Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Sweetie You Won't Believe ItSweetie, You Won't Believe It
101 Films
Certificate 15
****

Comedy and horror are two genres that are difficult to combine and even more difficult to balance. Only a handful of movies get this right whilst countless others try their best but ultimately fail. Kazakh movie Sweetie, You Won't Believe It effortlessly gets things right and is a blood-splattered riot from start to finish.

Desperate for one last weekend of fun before his baby is born and he has to settle down, Dastan rounds up his two best pals for a boys' weekend of fishing and fun, but little do they know their plan for a chilled trip to the lake is about to turn into mad and deadly mayhem. After accidentally witnessing a murder by a group of thugs, the three friends are suddenly on the run to escape their violent clutches and then things turn even wilder. With a mysterious one-eyed man out for blood and a desperate wannabe bride and her pushy father in the mix, the body count starts to rise. Never mind fishing, will Dastan make it out alive and get to the hospital in time to witness the birth of his child?

This is how you make a horror comedy. Populated with fully formed characters and ingenious and memorable set-pieces, Sweetie, You Won't Believe It is one of those movies which takes its inspiration from many movies (Deliverance, The Hangover, Evil Dead II plus there's even a Terminator 2 reference) but binds them all together with a tight and hilarious plotline. The pace is fast, the effects are superb, and the performances are rich and varied. Talking of the characters each one is grotesque, over exaggerated and outrageous but they fit perfectly into this movie, delivering each line with gusto and guts.

It can be viewed as a reflection on the foibles of growing up, settling down and how some can find this incredibly difficult to do whether it be for love, for friendships or a mixture of both. If you peel pack the layers of the movie you'll find this message amongst the blood and humour.

It's easy to see why this was a breakout across the festival circuit last year and it would have been fantastic to see this with a like minded audience. It may lose some of its impact when viewed at home but get your friends over and show them this treat of a movie, and they'll love you forever.

The transfer and stereo soundtrack are clear and sharp and whilst I'd like to have seen more extras on the disc the movie is value enough.

Sweetie, You Won't Believe It is a blood-splattered, gore-drenched movie that's liberally splashed with humour and horror. Well worth investing your time and in.


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