Makes video games. used to make films, will again sometime. Fast reviews done fast. I mostly only review movies I liked.
These kinds of slow burn, beautifully photographed atmospheric horror movies walk a very thin rope. At best it's like being on a slow descent into the root system of something horrific and terrifying, some inescapable, people enveloped by the world around them, characters that are well-crafted enough that you are invested in their existence in this beautifully shot environment. This fixation on landscape is one of the reasons why this sort of movie clicks so well with folk horror, which…
I really like a good "here is the simple dilemma and the one location, let's watch this play out" movie and this is alright as that. There are characters and emotions here but they seem perfunctory which makes sense given how this is such a mean, mean little movie that just wants to explode body parts at you. The last act is a little ludicrous and full of seemingly random decisions and happenings that move quickly and land pretty weightlessly but hey I had a good time.
I'm of a few minds on this one, and it would take a bit to sort out, but I'm just kinda shocked this got made at all in this fashion.
Edit: Something to mention is that the actors being 10 years older than the people they're playing definitely changes the vibe. Like Fred was 20/21 and Bill was like 17 when he was approached by the FBI. Small thing I guess but noticeable I think, and it changes the characters…