I had heard about A Wounded Fawn earlier this year, but I didn’t hear much about it after that. I was immediately intrigued since I have been a big fan of Travis Stevens’ previous two movies. He continues to explore different aspect of the horror genre. A Wounded Fawn feels heavily influenced by Giallo movies from the 70s and 80s in the best ways. I will say that anyone that’s photosensitive should be wary because there are a lot of flashing lights throughout the movie.
The visual style of A Wounded Fawn feels very much inspired by Giallo movies, but the story has its own feel. Stevens wrote the screenplay with Nathan Faudree, and I wasn’t completely prepared for the journey they took me on. Both the synopsis and trailer gave nothing away for the movie. I was completely unaware of what was going to happen, and I don’t know if that’s just me or if that’s just how A Wounded Fawn works.
A Wounded Fawn is really the Sarah Lind and Josh Ruben show. Both of them had amazing performances. I wasn’t fully aware of Sarah Lind before this but after this I will be on the lookout for her name. I knew Josh Ruben was great because of his performance in Scare Me where his performance was varied. Both of them absolutely blew me away. Malin Barr, Katie Kuang, Laksmi Priyah Hedemark, and Tanya Everett are all great in their supporting roles.
All of the effects throughout A Wounded Fawn are amazing. The practical effects are gruesome, and you feel whatever they show on screen. There’s one particular visual effect that got a reaction out of me. It works so well in the movie that I wouldn’t even want to spoil it, but I feel like anyone that watches the movie will know what I’m talking about. The music by Vaaal is outstanding. It varies itself and fits the different aspect of the movie.
A Wounded Fawn is a hell of a movie and might very well be Travis Stevens’ best movie yet. It was just added to Shudder as of writing this on December 1st. Its also a Shudder Original and its another one that blew me away. This movie will leave you guessing and have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I give A Wounded Fawn 9 statues out of 10.