Livid is about the most frustrating movie-going experience of Fantastic Fest.
There's no getting around it, it's a tremendous let-down given the fact it's directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the promising French duo who knocked us out with the positively wicked Inside. Livid marks a decided departure from the Grand Guignol-esque wet thrills of their previous effort. But they've hit the sophomore slump. Here, they trade in the excessiveness of Inside for a plodding, gorgeous-looking fairy tale that merges vampire and haunted house sub-genres. It works itself, however, into a narratively confused rut that it never quite recovers from.