Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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.
Most days in our lives are very mundane. We wake up each day and go about our business. For many the everyday routine is what gives them that sense of normalcy. Entrance is about things lurking on the periphery of our lives. Things that go unnoticed during our everyday routine that could lead to horrific consequences.
Entrance is a psychological thriller from newcomers Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The story centers on Suzy (Suziey Block) a young woman who lives in Los Angeles with her roommate and dog. She leads a pretty normal life, but she's a bit of a loner and seems to have some anxiety issues. Her car is a piece of shit so she walks everywhere…
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.
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…
This is a tough one to categorize since the first 70 minutes I totally disliked, until the great blindside in the last 10 minutes.
The story follows an unhappy barista in LA who decides to leave town after experiencing a series of depressing events. Her handful of friends throw her a going-away party, where things get weird. This is a great example of a movie being better when you know little to nothing about it. I have a feeling that if you read much of a description at all, you'll spoil it for yourself since I think much of what this movie has going for it is catching the viewer unprepared. There's a diabolical use of the entire indie-drama style…
I'm still not certain how I feel about this one. If you can stand watching some chick wander around LA and do next to nothing of note for an hour then the payoff is definitely worth it: some of the most visceral, brutal emotionally draining horror sequences I've ever seen.
Entrance is a perfect example of a sense of dread building and building and finally exploding in one virtuoso ending. Whereas Wheately is more Kubrick, Horvath and Hallam are more Dardenne brothers, following our protagonist, Suziey (I almost want to refuse to spell it that obnoxious way), over her shoulder observing her everyday, very boring life. Suziey has moved to L.A. and made a few friends but mostly she is lonely and isolated. She spends her days walking (which in L.A. is strange in itself) and is threatened by men following her around, or are they? Her paranoia seems misplaced but as a woman I can definitely relate to that fear. We see a car slow down next to her…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A young woman living in Los Angeles leads a monotonous existence. Slowly she begins to suffer from urban alienation and comes to realize that something is not right about her surroundings. A very atmospheric psychological slow burn horror film that takes its time to unravel but if you are patient is worth the wait. If John Cassavetes & Bruno Dumont made a film together it would be this.
Slow. Loose ends. Strangely unsatisfying ending.
All the more disappointing because it could've really been something...
we follow an unhappy girl around doing her every day stuff, making coffee, working, walking to and from work, feeding the dog, taking the dog for a poo, listening to sex, having unhappy sex, then some rubbish happens at the end, i hoped things were going to pick up for her, but she just ends up in a much worse film, some of the music was quite good though.
The good kind of slow burn horror movie where there is a palpable sense of tension from the every beginning. You spend quite a long time waiting for the other foot to drop but I never felt like it was time wasted, although maybe I'm cutting the movie a bit of slack because of its ultra low budget. Either way, it successfully creeped me out and, by the end, shocked me.
With all good psychological horror type of cinema, the big problem with doing it well is pulling it off in a way that stands directly in the real world because what works against most psychological cinema is when it spirals into a false reality. Luckily, while giving this movie the benefit of the doubt, I was extremely impressed by the end result of Entrance.
To back up how I feel about this extremely dark film, I'd like to start out by saying that its a film that you will either be completely bored by, or completely into by the end. I was the later of the two.
I first saw a trailer on-demand for this movie because the description peaked…
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