Death Note

Death Note

I hated the other two Wingard joints I've seen (You're Next is genre revisionism at its weakest and Blair Witch is one of the laziest sequel-remakes I've ever seen), so no-one's more surprised than me that I... kind of(?) liked this.

It has this phenomenal niche 2000s horror vibe going for it and swathes of gray align it with Mike Flanagan's (superior but) similarly nondescript Netflix efforts. It's of course massively surprising that Wingard keeps the textual stuff here on its toes (the screenplay is dire) but this could have really done with the hand of a truly whacko master like Tobe Hooper or Rob Zombie, as opposed to the glorified workmanlike scene structure & camera placement this guy has going on.

The most interesting sequences here suggest the beginnings of fledgling religion and direct engagement with that; go for the palatable mysticism of The Leftovers instead and change your life.

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