ENTRANCE is about the limits of our perception, how the things lurking on the periphery of our lives can lead to horrific conclusions; about how she fell out of love with the city, but it wouldn't let her go.
I remember reading Stephen King's enthusiastic rave review for this micro-budgeted indie horror film in Entertainment Weekly months ago, but then forgot about it for quite a while until I saw some Letterboxd reviews and then was happy to see it available on Netflix streaming!
I'm gonna echo pretty much every other review (including Stephen King's) by being really vague and not saying much. Best to experience this one knowing as little as possible going in.
The definition of slow-burn horror, ENTRANCE stars Suziey Block as Suzy, a barista living in Los Angeles. For most of the movie, we simply watch her rather ordinary life. Wake up, feed the dog, go to work, hang out with friends, repeat. She's nice…
This is the first movie I've seen in a long time that I honestly don't know how I feel about it. It is either a masterpiece of a slow burn thriller dealing with the loneliness and day to day repetition of living in a city or it is a complete pile of wankery and a waste of time.
I really don't know who the intended audience is for this movie. Your average horror fan will probably not make it past the first 30 minutes. Neither will a casual viewer who happens to just pop it in for a movie night at home. I understand why the filmmakers took time to give us insight into the girl's world. I understand that they wanted us to feel what she feels. I just don't know if it makes for an entertaining viewing experience when all is said and done.
Very slow burning indie horror, nothing happens until the last ten minutes, its quite atmospheric but the end is a little to realistic and just leaves you feeling cold. There is zero story or character development either so its difficult have any empathy for anyone. Disappointing.
So this one is very, very tough to rate.
This film is a slow thriller with a glacially paced build up toward a tense and sometimes brutal final 20 minutes. And by glacial I mean excruciatingly so.
This aesthetic choice fits the theme. It's all about voyeurism. By making the first hour go exclusively about our main character, showing us snippets of her life and filming it in such a way that we are thrust in the role of observer. For me, I guess, this had the desired effect as I at points felt like I was stalking her.
This meanders on for a long, long while and gradually we are shown hints that something is not quite right. What…
I've heard people say watch Entrance blind, but I disagree. I say you should go into Entrance knowing that, despite the slowness, some shit really hits the fan. That's all you need to know.
Entrance devotes probably over an hour to one character, Suziey. And by devote I don't mean she is just the main character. No, she is the centrepiece of every single shot. She's quiet and really fucking cute, making it almost unfair how much I liked her by the time the last 20 minutes came around and shocked and terrified me more than majority of horror films I've seen.
That's all I'm going to say. Track Entrance down and give it a watch. You may well hate it, I thought I would when I paused it to eat dinner 30 minutes in. But give it a go, it could end up being the best slow-burn horror/thriller of the year.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Why did it take so long for that final sequence where all the tension I've been feeling all throughout the movie already went away?
It was just alright. I really thought I was gonna love it, because slow-burn movies are pretty awesome, but it took forever!! My focus couldn't catch up. That last part was brutal though.
Even my screen fell asleep during this.
Yet another mumblecore horror film that is hopelessly padded out (and this one’s barely 80 minutes long, counting mopey credits), but there is undeniably a strong final act here. Opinions will surely vary about how effective the long, almost arbitrary first hour is, but I found the slow-burn of suspense reasonably effective from moment to moment. There’s so little to say here about the film without spoiling it, but its determined use of a restricted point of view is both a lack of imagination and a small novelty for the genre.
An exercise in slow burn which burns out just before the third act. Too few returns for time invested. Good first effort which has real pacing issues. The technical elements are okay but lack any zing to get us through the long stretches. I appreciate the intent more than the end product.
The city is a scary place, especially if you’re a pretty young white girl with few-to-no real friends. Such is the conceit of ENTRANCE.
This most indiest of indie thrillers is all about the fear and paranoia sweet PYT Suziey (ugh, Suziey?) faces every day while living in LA. She’s got her roommate and her dog, but beyond that she appears to be more or less alone. We follow her through her day-to-day motions and watch as her anxiety about her situation grows. People and mysterious cars seem to be following her. Doors are left open. Her car disappears. Something’s definitely amiss.
Literally nothing happens for the first 60 minutes of this movie. What I just described is probably very…
I can make it through slow-burners if the pay-off works. This one didn't.
I was with it until the last half hour. Good slice of Los Angeles, though, and a good creepy final moment.
A quiet "mumblecore" film that builds to a surprisingly violent conclusion. A huge success considering it was only made for 6 thousand dollars.