Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
Abigail Harm is a woman living in a fictionalized New York City, who, after being granted a wish by a strange visitor, asks for love and learns of a creature who might provide it. Inspired ... See full summary »
Lee Isaac Chung
A group of friends travels to the beach to encourage Jason, recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Some time later, as Mark and Karen plan to have a child, the beach trip lingers as a haunting memory in their new phase of life.
Lee Isaac Chung
During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in their Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear.
Deep in the forests of Northern Italy resides the prized white Alba truffle. Desired by the wealthiest patrons in the world, it remains a pungent but rarified mystery. It cannot be ... See full summary »
Effective atmosphere and tone but a shame it is rather obvious and slow in content
A knife salesman is on down on his luck and is trying to get by without a car when he gets reached out to by a family of evangelistic Christians who happen to be travelling the same way and offer him a lift. As the odd group travel across the state they stop at some typically red-state places (the diner, the roller-rink) and the topics of Jesus and America start coming up – topics that salesman Gerry has long since stopping thinking about.
This film does atmosphere really well. It has a constant unnerving stillness to it and the deliberate cinematography makes it look really good in a passive but suggestive way. The focus on small detail helps this but I also liked that even noisy diners and roller-skating rinks were presented in a dead, rather creepy way just with the sound and the look of the scenes. It continues this deliberate tone all the way to the end and it is this that I enjoyed it for. It is a real shame then that it doesn't have much around this to help. The plot is a lot more obvious than I would have liked and the use of "red state Christians" is overdone and limits the film in how simply it uses them as caricatures. The rather obvious direction of the plot also means that we don't get much of a payoff in return for the slow burn pace – it has merit in the ending but not too much.
The performances are mostly good. Gorn is a solid lead while Sheil is very good in her role, a lot of stillness and pain in there and, although hard to describe, she sold her character. The others have simpler characters and deliver them straight for what they are, which is a shame but not their fault. The film does the atmosphere well and those that enjoy their films to have a creepy slow burning style will enjoy this one, but it is a shame that it treads such a familiar path while it does it.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this