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A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Taking place in 1983, Red is a lumberjack who lives in a secluded cabin in the woods. His artist girlfriend Mandy spends her days reading fantasy paperbacks. Then one day, she catches the eye of a crazed cult leader, who conjures a group of motorcycle-riding demons to kidnap her. Red, armed with a crossbow and custom Axe, stops at nothing to get her back, leaving a bloody, brutal pile of bodies in his wake.Written by
Towards the end of the film, Red tells the cult leader that the psychotic drowns where the mystic swims. This is a variation of a quote by mythologist, Joseph Campbell: "The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight." (Joseph Campbell, "Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research"). Meaning, that there's a fine line between psychosis and spirituality. See more »
When Mandy is reading in the shop, the book is open on the same page as earlier, but this time she is reading the left page. Earlier she was reading the page on the right. See more »
When I say I'm not a fan of the horror genre, I mean I don't mind watching them, but I definitely don't get excited about any of them and I clearly don't spend any time talking about them afterwards.
With that said, this film transcends the typical horror genre films through the use of sound, music and imagery.
The director/writer Panos Cosmatos clearly has unique a style to his film and that is what resonates the most.
He has drenched this film in a color palate of red, purples, and blues. He's paired it with long, eerie sounds, and ripping metal music. He then compliments that with images of metal (barbed wire, chainsaws, nails) and wood (church) and fire.
Finally, he's written 3 distinct characters that are so different from each other (Cage, Riseborough, and Roach) and just lets them do their thing. And boy do they deliver. All of three actors transform themselves into characters into so unlike themselves that it is a pure joy to watch.
This film shines not just because it celebrates the elements of the horror genre, but because the imagery, sound, music, and acting were all very strong.
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