Piercing ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

“What’s the nastiest thing you’ve ever done?”

Piercing is a 2018 horror film written and directed by Nicolas Pesce and follows a man who plans to kill an unsuspecting prostitute. 

Starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, Piercing is technically a very well-made film.

Peace’s direction is great, the editing and performances are top notch and the inclusion of Goblin’s Tenebrae is the cherry on top but still I can’t help feeling a little let down.

I’ve only seen Pesce’s most recent work, the abysmal The Grudge film, and whilst this is a million times better it still lacks some focus and a compelling narrative, though it is an adaptation so Pesce isn’t completely at fault here.

The film’s pacing is fast but I feel it has very little room to flesh out its characters or even set an atmosphere, lacking a lot in the horror department asides from the occasional squirm moment.

Overall, Piercing is a fine, if unremarkable movie. 

33/66  “Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood.” — 2020 Halloween Challenge 🎃