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Knock at the Cabin 2023
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i liked the way KNOCK reproduces its claustrophobic 'home invasion'/captivity plot on the level of mise-en-scène: the containment of grasshoppers caught and studied in a jar, the large pressed flowers framed on the cabin's wall; THE WHALE clearly attempts something similar with its obsessive iterations (apartment = ship! man = whale! here's that essay again) but ham-handedly, like it doesn't trust its audience to add 1 and 1.
what interests me most here is the notion of how different people…
funny that this is a horror film nostalgic for the genre's now pretty distant past–specifically 1974's original TEXAS CHAIN SAW and 1972's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT with a few fun nods to kubrick–that itself reaches back to ti west's earlier show of genre literacy, 2009's THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, down to the bouncy waves we first saw on jocelin donahue's doomed babysitter. it's as if west just discovered and read not only carol clover's MEN, WOMEN, AND CHAINSAWS…
ooh he's back. better than US, meticulous like GET OUT, compiling so many things I love: monkey violence, early cinema as the history of animals and analog technology, blackness x the western, Daniel Kaluuya's flat expression and flatter American accent, the choral repetition of 'you good?' (no one is good!), the big lateral landscapes that force you to look out and up.