A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.
What a total fucking pleasure to watch this movie was. Honestly, I really enjoyed the previous project from this writer/director team, Resolution, and really fucking hated V/H/S: Viral, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one. It really held my attention from beginning to end, and I felt moments of genuine surprise throughout. I really don’t want to delve to deeply into the story, because there is some really satisfying elements and twists to the story. Suffice it to say, the story is fabulous and complex and at times, straight up, completely bizarre. It certainly reignited my interest in what Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have coming up next.
It’s been a really slow start to the year for horror movies, and I haven’t really been expecting much, so this one really was a breath of fresh air.
The performances from Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead, Carriers) and Nadia Hilker were dynamite, the pair had great chemistry and you really felt for the both of them. I found Pucci’s character engaging and likable, though at times he does lean towards the less-than-convincing. Hilker is just fabulous. She is sexy, and charismatic the entire movie. Even when you learn more about her character, it’s really hard not to like her or to empathize with her.
This really is a hard movie to talk about without really getting into details, but I’ll continue to do my best. The movie does a really good job at slowing down and taking its tie to show you it’s hand. Throughout, there are some really great effects, and some pretty disturbing visuals. I found myself caught off guard by what I was seeing more than once.
If you’re not someone who appreciates a slow-burn horror movie, or a movie that leaves you wondering, then this is probably the wrong movie for you. However, if you’re a fan of something a little bit different, that will never feel long or dull, then you need to give this a watch.
Anything else, and I’ll start to spoil it. Watch this movie, it’s just great.