Has some great elements for fans of slow, atmospheric horror like myself. Instead of a character driven descent into madness, it’s the isolated setting that does most of the heavy lifting. The night scenes were a big standout for me, warmly lit by lanterns in narrow hallways as well as the trudging through waist high snow. It’s this authenticity that makes the film so inviting. I wish it went further with the wendigo subplot but I found the lack of…
Perfection unraveled. A sharp note, a loud beat, a hard hit that sends you somewhere that you can’t describe but can feel immensely. Some things are out of our control. An itch that can’t be scratched, a sound that can’t be found. Ever-moving and ever-changing. Making an impact on what’s left behind and affecting what lies ahead, following us like a shadow.
3/4 of this film is close to perfection for me. I could have watched 8 hours of that brilliant build up. The premise, location, camerawork, score, performance, all these things were weaved together beautifully. It even had my favorite horror sequence of the year (tunnel scene). The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star review is the ending. I hope in time I grow to enjoy the climax more but for right now it just doesn’t work for me. Even with that criticism, this film is fantastic and I look forward to revisiting.
Ahh uhh, ahhh uhhh…
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Really wish the whole film felt like the first 45 minutes. I think I’ve seen this same monster lady in more films than I can count. I dig the decrepit suburbs of Detroit though, that was a genius choice for the setting. This film proves just how frightening a small house can be when you put two strangers in it. The tension was most effective when peeling the band-aid slowly. Once it’s off and the monster is revealed, you lose that sting. Definitely deserves the praise it received but I just couldn’t get down with the second half.