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The early 2000s really are coming back with this kind of B-level thriller and I'm into it. Giallo glossed, decadent stylistic peacocking like the team behind Riverdale moved into Noah Baumbach's Brooklyn and wrote unhinged Squid and the Whale fanfic. Just like Riverdale has become a kind of baffling epic that endlessly rotates around the wheel of camp, this is definitely a response to a mainstream visual culture thick with formally stimulating images that are totally drained of meaning. Would…
Pretty creative premise--even as a reworking of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"--and an impressively tight first feature. Leans into some of those idiomatic, reductive treatments of Appalachian U.S. mitigated by the director drawing on his own experiences growing up in Savannah. The prop work is honestly quite cool & the pit is scary!!