"Indeed, nostalgia is key in this loving pastiche of bygone horror. The outmodedness of the villains, even the corniness of the gags, only adds to the film's irresistible charms. It is a fitting swansong to the whole era of 'castle horror', made one year before George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) would send new shockwaves through the whole genre. With its imaginatively ghoulish animation, its endless jokes and parodies, and its cheery song-and-dance numbers, Mad Monster Party?…
"Stalker traces a mysterious, metaphysical odyssey undertaken by three strangers uncertain of their own desires’ boundaries. Working closely with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky, Tarkovsky shoots in long takes, where the meandering camera often becomes a quasi-numinous presence in itself, tracking the detritus of the characters’ subconsciouses, and alone entering the Room to look back at the threshold where the men hesitate. It is a shot which is matched in the film’s coda, as we see the three men sat back in…
"...down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. This climactic sequence, unbearably tense but also profoundly moving, takes friendship to its outer limits, while presenting the most alarming aspects of mental illness in the most sympathetic of lights."
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Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.
"Fill all my holes, please."
It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…