Woman in the Dunes ★★★★½

This is one of the most unsettling and unnerving films I’ve ever seen. It serves both as a vessel for good box office scares but dually as a very intelligent, scathing and existential assault on society. I don’t know who deserves more credit: Hiroshi Teshigahara who crafted a slow and visually stunning horror film, or Kōbō Abe, who wrote the surrealistic and allegorical story itself. It’s really just as impressive a feat for world building as it is in crafting suspense. It’s so damn unique to set this film in a desert, in a dune, in a pit. It’s like they established the rules and characters and decided to let them simulate this insane scenario in the most human way possible. It’s the best cult film I think I’ve seen (it’s only real competition is Rosemary’s Baby) and one of the most unique horror experiences I’ve had in a while. It’s hard to sum it all up, but I loved this movie so much more than I expected, and now I have to dig into what else this duo did.