Bones and All

Bones and All ★★★★½

In the fall of 2018 I went to a screening of 1978's Halloween at one of my favorite theaters in Atlanta that really made me fall in love of the art of film. At that showing of it I really felt this authentic atmosphere that John Carpenter captured in Haddonfield. The fall colors, the teenagers running around, and the slight emptiness of surrounding the setting. I really felt that real world sense of rural authentic America that was captured in Halloween in Bones and All, which felt refreshing and artistic. This really felt like it was a film from the 80's with how it looked, how characters acted, and how it felt.

Bones and All easily establishes itself and the characters of Merin and Lee from the jump. The horror nature of the film is not the focus of the film. It's really the setting. There are stretch's of the film where you forget this is a horror movie because the focus of the film are Merin and Lee's journey throughout. When you see their struggles with who they are and finding out who they can be is what captures your attention. 

Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria is of my all-time favorite filns and after Bones and All Guadagnino has supplanted himself as someone that is a staple for himself in the horror genre. Everything feels real, authentic, and about human nature. There's some pacing issues in the middle I feel but that's my only criticism of it. Bones and All feels fresh and original. I cannot wait to see this again. Closer to a 5 than a 4.

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