Wannabe horror movie writer and scholar that's aging into his personality. Lover of horror, comedy, teen and queer movies.
I really really REALLY wish this wasn't a slasher or trying to be "traditional" horror, because seeing the councilors psychologically and physically torment these campers was far more terrifying than anything the slasher side of the film tried to present.
Oh, and I'm gonna have to come down on the camp of those hating the conclusion. It's in very poor taste in this day and age IMO, and I did not like it one single bit.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's easy to compare this to Donnie Darko, but there's a few other movies that this harkens to for me, namely Closet Monster, Swallow and Black Swan (Us queer men finally got our own version of the Natalie Portman/Mila Kunis sex scene). While I don't think this quite hits the same highs as those three movies, this is still a wonderful and disorientating horror drama that hits close to home for me in some respects.
If Zach Villa's scene stealing…
THIS is how you successfully modernize and reboot a well-known property.
Y'all, I have not been so genuinely scared since Hereditary (or maybe even mother!) This could have so easily been a disaster, but Elisabeth Moss giving yet another amazing performance combined with Leigh Whannell's direction and the expert use of negative space and sound design kept me on the damn edge the whole time. I really think Whannell deserves Master of Horror status since this is the third film…