Corvidae Movie Review

Written by Stuart D. Monroe

Released by Wolfheart Productions

Written and directed by Tom de Ville
11 minutes, 2018, Not Rated

Maisie Williams as Jay
Jamie Davis as Dean
Archie Duffy as Mark
Joe Wolstenholme as Sam
Edward Wallace as Jay’s Father



Are you a fan of fables? I am. Fables are intended to teach a moral lesson, usually through animal characters that can do things animals normally can’t do, like speaking, reasoning, and making logical deductions. Sometimes they even defend those who defend them and take vengeance on their behalf.

Corvidae is the story of Jay (Maisie Williams, Arya Stark from HBO’s Game of Thrones), who really loves birds. She has stuffed birds in her room, she flies a toy bird instead of a toy airplane…you get the idea. She runs afoul of a trio of boys who have a thing for hurting animals (in this case, a crow of the Family Corvidae). She runs the boys off with a well-placed rock or two and rescues the bird. When her best attempts at helping it fail, she goes out to bury it. Only this time, the trio are waiting with the intent to do some serious bodily harm. Jay finds that while no good deed goes unpunished, sometimes those you protect come back to protect you with horrific results.


At only 11 minutes long, Corvidae packs a serious punch. Maisie Williams is a true powerhouse, and she tells her story well without any dialogue. The trio of boys are obnoxious turds on the first go-round and menacing psychos à la The Strangers on the second go-round. The danger Jay finds herself in is truly tense. The reason (revealed via flashback) for her isolation and loneliness has genuine emotional punch, as well.

The cinematography and color palette are gray, bleak, and arctic in their feel. Shot in a wet, muddy location, Corvidae feels plain icky. It becomes the perfect setting for the vengeance when you realize that you’re seeing a live-action fable and not just a story of sick boys doing sick things. Come the ending, you will see why bad deeds do get punished, and it’s a punishment you won’t soon forget.

Corvidae is a fable that works in reverse by presenting you with a realistic situation gone horribly wrong that turns fantastic on a dime at the finish. Somewhere Aesop is smiling.



Movie: 2.5 Star Rating Cover

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Stuart D. Monroe
Staff Reviewer
Stuart D. Monroe is a man of many faces – father, husband, movie reviewer, published author of short horror, unsuccessful screenwriter (for now), rabid Clemson Tiger, Southern gentleman, and one hell of a model American who goes by the handle "Big Daddy Stu" or "Sir". He's also highly disturbed and wears that fact like a badge of honor. He is a lover of all things horror with a particular taste for the fare of the Italians and the British. He sometimes gets aroused watching the hardcore stuff, but doesn't bother worrying about whether he was a serial killer in a past life as worrying is for the weak. He was raised in the video stores of the '80s and '90s. The movie theater is his cathedral. He worships H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. When he writes, he listens obsessively to either classical music or the works of Goblin to stimulate the neural pathways. His favorite movie is Dawn of the Dead. His favorite book is IT. His favorite TV show is LOST.
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