Honeydew ★★

This movie starts out unsettling with a nice sense of dread, although to me it wears off about halfway through. For all the talk about how cheap traditional jump scares are, I think the “elevated horror” template is starting to get a little paint by numbers. Sure, the creepy unorthodox score and the long tracking shots with whirlwind editing can get you over with a lot of people but I think you need a bit more than that, and in a lot of cases that is a trade off for logic leaps that would be called out in any other standard horror film. In the end it’s a pretty standard, predictable horror story that doesn’t really amount to much. Full disclosure, a certain cameo in this movie may have completely soured the whole thing and turned it into a parody of an A24 style horror film, that just made me laugh.

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