The Viewing

The Viewing ★★★★

Panos Cosmatos outing for Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities is some seriously decadent camp and gnarlified body horror. A full-on cosmic hangout flick as one of the most inventive casts is assembled for a mysterious get-together at a gorgeous pad. We're talking Eric Andre, Charlene Yi, Steve Agee and someone my wife said we saw play Peter Pan at the Stratford Theatre Festival in 2010 all filling the shoes of various selected characters. They're invited to Peter Weller and Sofia Boutella's secret Jodorowskian spherical lounge to do drugs and let loose.

Considering how much this is draped in curvaceous neon hues, whimsical lens flares, and that velvety Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin synth score, I was pretty much sold on that aesthetic and the Jim Jarmusch-ian comedy of these 6 delightful performers hanging out and getting stooooooned. I started to wonder though... wasn't this supposed to be a horror tale?

I don't want to spoil it, because you absolutely need to watch this and enjoy the hell out of it, but shit gets real melty and real nasty right when you were ready for a bombastic climax. Easily one of the most impressive/believable CGI monsters I've ever seen. Gives me hope for the future of CGI in horror films (no shiny werewolves to be seen). As long as Panos is doing it.

Surprisingly exactly what I wanted for 1 hour - didn't need any more or any less - I just want more from Panos. Get that guy to huff on his intergalactic bong and start churning out more flicks ASAP.

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