When I heard Jordan Peele (from Key & Peele) was making a psychological horror, surrounding the mass murder of black only characters, I knew it would take me along time to get round to watching it. I had to be ready;
And I wasn’t.
Sitting down to enjoy a Saturday night viewing of the film with a few friends, my girlfriend and I were far from prepared for what was in store, as we entered our VOD service password. Our company had warned us; they had seen the film not a few weeks earlier, and were still unsure about watching it again, despite hardly recalling what it was that made it so unnerving. I was excited, anxious and a little drunk; needless to say, I had to re-watch it the following day.
Weaving in metaphors for the present day political movement “Black Lives Matter” and a gruesome history of the Deep South’s deep roots in the confederate flag, Peele takes us on a journey, to the centre of your inner most fears; the ones you forget that you have, until you lie awake at night, clutching the duvet above the bridge of your nose; darting your eyes around the room, holding each breath longer than the last. In short: the film is a ‘mind-fuck’.
As an avid horror-buff, I was delighted however. To be newly terrified out of my wits, by disturbing concepts that I, quite frankly, had never hoped to ever learn of, was surprisingly a refreshing experience. Peele is a genius; he has remodelled horror in this flick, whilst still matching the strict genre guidelines, that stem through it’s iconographic imagery and sound.
The symphonies that guide you through this film feel much like something from a Kubrick film; the chilling intensity of The Shining, or the uncomfortable, trapping silences of 2001. But Peele does something new with this film; exploring a further path down the somewhat Art-house route of modern filmmaking: with a hard hitting narrative, chilling AND warming characters and tackling modern sociological issues – these seem to be a checklist, for an memorable film in Hollywood today. That, and a little charm, which this film has to spare.
I would advise any fans of horror who haven’t yet caught a chance to see this film, to definitely do so; it has the potential to change the genre in many exciting new ways, opening new doors, and inspiring up and coming film makers to challenge the contemporary norm. For the faint hearted though; I’d give this one a miss – else you might find your self shivering at the sound of a teaspoon in your tea.
Hope you enjoyed this review, I’m certainly hoping to make them a more regular thing, especially as I am now on board with my Creative Media course at college. My next review will likely be focussing on the sequel to my favourite film of all time: T2 Trainspotting! Hopefully see you here again soon! Bye for now!
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