Maria’s review published on Letterboxd:
Went on a small road trip with some friends on Halloween night to go see this. Honestly worth the drive.
The film really comits to the horror, and as a fan of the genre, this had scenes that freaked me out. Every bone snap and blood splat was perfectly timed to make you feel as uncomfortable and distressed as possible.
Every part of this film was perfect. The cinematography, the editing, the set design, the costumes, the choreography, THE ACTING!
I’ve always been a fan of Tilda Swinton, so I knew her performance would be nothing less than stunning, but it was really Dakota Johnson who surprised me. I haven’t been the biggest fan of her work, but she blew me away in this. Not just with her dancing, but with how powerful her performance was. It takes a very skilled actress to go toe to toe with Swinton. I now want to go back thru her filmography and find what I had missed in her performances before.
The only criticism I can give this movie is in the end, one of the scenes used heavy cgi where the rest of the film had been practical. I know that it’s a minor gripe, but as a fan of special effect work, it was very noticeable to me and took me out of the moment. But other than that, it was a stunning movie, and I can’t wait to see it again and again.