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“Destroy his Masculinity”
This ain’t your average vampire flick. Its flavor profile does consist of dollops of eroticism, dashes of surrealism, and a generous amount of violence. Yes, this all sounds exactly like styles found with Jean Rollins and José Ramón Larraz. The ripples of giallo and exploitation films are felt here, no doubt. What Vicente Aranda does to differentiate this film is to opt for a disorienting and surreal type of euro-horror that layers itself with unique commentary/symbolism fiercely…
No matter how you slice it, dice it, burn it, or smother it… this film is a significant chunk of the scarlet red bleeding heart that fuels the giallo sub-genre. All of the hallmarks are present: slasher plot, mysterious characters, and my goodness the color!!! Deep blood reds drench everything it touches, pastel yellows contrasting flawlessly, and the deep blacks that glisten across the screen. They all flavor the frame so succulently that labelling it eye candy feels insulting to…
From the opening credits alone I knew I was in for a rare experience. My thoughts are unstable as I attempt to write them out, perhaps mirroring the phenomenally fractured editing style of the film. The banality of evil processed through a blender of horror, comedy, and irony. It is a vision embedded with expressionism through the lens of Czech new wave tendencies. Juraj depicts this anxiety-inducing character study of a conformist possessed by insidious ideology with masterclass filmmaking.