Occupies the same late-nite landscape as other thoughtful curios like WARLOCK MOON, THREE ON A MEATHOOK, or, say... SCREAM BLOODY MURDER. Precisely the kind of thing we're now shorthanding as "Nightmare USA," I suppose.
Its leisurely rhythms and lack of propulsive exposition cast a spell immediately. And gradually, it becomes remarkable for a considered, effective use of negative space (look out behind you!) and sweaty night terrors viewed through long lenses.
One sequence in particular involving a character s l o w l y ascending a flight of stairs, a canted doorway agape behind them, is all but unbearably pregnant with anticipation.
The performances are weirdly straightforward and emphatic; John Beal is especially dedicated. Bold, even.
This was a great surprise! I might watch it again someday!