I’ll admit that I came across Thoroughbreds completely by accident. I hadn’t heard of it, never saw the trailer, or even heard it mentioned. As the buisness trip I was on started winding down, I found myself unable to sleep and looking for something on TV. I’m not sure what it was about the movie that kept me watching, but I’m glad I did.
Let’s Meet The Characters…
Lily is the center of this movie. As we meet her, we find out that she is still dealing with the death of her father even though her mother has already remarried. Lily’s relationship with her stepfather, Mark, is strained at best.
Mark is demeaning, self centered, and verbally abusive to both Lily and her mother. Lily comes to suspect that Mark is trying to get rid of her by sending her away to college. Mark will eventually confirm that he is looking to get rid of her.
Amanda is Lily’s childhood friend. The two grow apart after the death of Lily’s father but after an incident of animal cruelty, they return to each other’s lives. This is where we meet the two at the beginning of the movie.
Amanda is numb to most things and Olivia Cooke plays the blank, unfeeling role with amazing accuracy. As the story goes on, it will be Amanda who asks if Lily has ever thought about killing Mark.
The movie continues on following the pair in their efforts to carry out this one deed. Through manipulation, blackmail, and peer pressure Lily and Amanda will not only use each other but others to their own ends.
While this movie is a dark comedy, I couldn’t have told you that by watching it. While I can’t remember anything as significant as a chuckle, the movie is still worth a watch. The social and emotional disconnects the characters exhibit allow for the discussion of mental disorders even in our own communities. Horror doesn’t always have to be a creepy old man at night. Sometimes it’s the teenager coming home from school.
I give Thoroughbreds 4 out of 5 Cthulhus.(4 / 5)