Frankenstein Candide Moll Flanders this wonderfully novel work of art enwraps and emanates a vibrantly layered philosophy of life
watching horror movies they were interested in what it would be like if the camera stayed on the surviving character for a few moments longer than conventional and what sort of insight and import might be garnered from that departure alone, practically for free, so they invented this whole movie
A cool ass popcorn horror and grimy crime thriller that still holds you in the relatively comforting entertainment zone of a King-brand adaptation in a more refined key. The grounded brutality of children subjected to the harsh jungle of normal american life has rarely been done better. With animal strategy siblings Finney and Gwen navigate the threatening and abuse-ridden spheres of home and school while the wider world holds only the lurking menace of The Grabber, a boogeyman closing in…
This film shows you everything and tells you nothing. It's absolutely haunting and brilliant. There were points i didn't know what I was getting, where I was being brought, and fighting for what I wondered or wanted was going on. But it is a chilling deep and alienating amulet of mystery
The great statue in the ominous opening scene is The Virgin of Guadalupe (really standing outside Mexico City)... what is the terror there in that largening shot. I don't know but that was my springboard down the rabbithole of unlayering this exquisitely crafted almost confidently aloof first film.