Everyone always says this is a slow burn with a big payout at the end. I absolutely love this movie though so I can watch the whole thing without getting bored. Between this and Midsommar, unlike most people who think that Ari Aster has some personal issues in his past, I think he was probably one of those kids who was pretty smart and for fun would just come up with the most fucked up stuff they possibly could and…
This could easily stand on it's own as a work of art. The set design is immaculate and the cinematography is damn near perfect. But even if you take that away you still have a great story with very fleshed out characters. I mean, you know it's good when it can spark a random discussion on a Discord server I'm part of over just one character's motivations.
Even though Florence Pugh absolutely kills it as Dani the Derek Huff award…
In the first five minutes I was like "this movie's not for me" so I turned it off, but after just a few minutes I thought I should just see It through so I turned it back on. Well after being somewhat alright it just melted into confusing disappointment. Sometimes it seemed like it wanted to be a horror comedy, but other times it felt like it was going for a more serious tone.
The Dale Doback award goes to…
Alright, now I'm certain they strongly referenced Lord of the Rings, especially in the opening, and you can't convince me otherwise. Beyond that though this movie was certainly a wild ride. It brings back one of my favorite things about these movies where everything is going great but then something trivial happens and it starts a whole uproar, talking about when Irina comes back to "apologize" but sees the kid from a far and then it starts the whole tussle.…
After a solid opening it kind of dragged it's feet a little getting going. But once it did it was nothing but gory fun. A+ for all the practical effects and set design. Loved making it an urban apartment building in this one and they did a good job of making it old and dilapidated.
The Derek Huff award goes to Lilly Sullivan, the actress who played Beth. For a relatively small time actress I thought the performance she gave was really good.
"Mommy's with the maggots now..."
A very good movie, with an excellent mix of jump scares with suspense. Justin Long does a hilarious job as the comic relief.
One thing though, release the snuff films you cowards. I feel like I was short changed when A.J. hits play but then it skips ahead to the end. Maybe they'll be on the director's cut.