Slight, no-stakes cinema, but still intriguing in the characterization it offers; the uncomfortable moment when you recognize adulation has turned to pity. Many people have complained about the easy irony of the superficiality of Mavis' life (young adult fiction, reality TV etc) compared to the real world she tries to gatecrash - but I don't buy that. There is no irony here - her mudslide though her old stomping ground is just as manufactured as anything else in her…
No. Poor direction (I hate, hate, hate cheap POV shots in horror, and this is crammed full of them), the acting is terrible, the characters do dumb things (you are in a cabin with four other people, but sure, go investigate the woods yourself in your bathrobe) and the story cheats for suspense (terrified character screaming and smashing on the front door of the tiny cabin, and conveniently none of the others are concerned enough to actually see what…
The final two minutes, basically, really really annoyed me, and rudely splashed water in the face of my burgeoning "Holy shit this is actually pretty damn good for what I assumed was just going to be your typical Karate Kid template underdog fight picture, but with a lot more fucks, double-crosses and Rebecca Pidgeon" excitement.
But the rest of it is aces. Clever plotting keeps the wheels well hidden, covered by looser scene construction (like the gun accident, with…