ᴡᴀᴅᴇ’s review published on Letterboxd:
f͟o͟r͟g͟o͟t͟t͟e͟n͟ ͟e͟v͟e͟n͟ ͟t͟o͟ ͟t͟h͟e͟ ͟s͟e͟a͟
Not to discredit the hard work put into this film, the production and costumes are periodically enchanting. The idea to film in a vintage style 35mm help create a unique dreading atmosphere that felt like a terrifying unearthed plane between Poe and Lovecraft. The performances of both our grand leads were tremendous, grinding and intense. The execution—visually—was precise in unspeakable psychological horror.
But I can’t help but not be engage by the story or it’s characters. And just the overall main theme. It seems devoid of anything else that it settles for discomfort and oddly placed humor that spoiled the brooding atmosphere. Especially with weird arthouse shots that do nothing but scream how edgy it is. Nothing really comes together. And yes it’s strangely beautiful to watch, I just didn’t find any meat on the bones worth meaning. And idk I guess I feel a little shortchange by how hyped this was. But then again I thought Eggers’s The VVitch was average as well in the narrative department.
When I heard about this awhile back I thought it would’ve been adapted from Georges-Gustave Toudouze‘s short story Three Skeleton Key which is like one of my favs since middle school. But sadly it wasn’t but here’s hoping in the future we’ll see a scary feature of it.