Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil ★★★

Woof, the third act of this goes off the rails so fast that it’s make or break for the whole film, and for me it was mostly break. I know it’s the point, but if you so pathetically and gutlessly accept what these characters do, especially as parents, you deserve it!!! The daughter is also too old, and the score kind of insists upon itself. I’m nitpicking - up until then, it’s a very well shot and executed slow burn horror that feels kind of Östlund in its interrogation of manners and social boundaries. Great performances as well. For me, the ending just rendered it all pretty obsolete - guileless, depressing, and no gnarly payoff to balance it out. At least Hostel was camp!

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