Black Swan (2010)
A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”.
Thoughts: Overwrought, pretentious and surprisingly unsubtle in its thematic execution. The horror elements are cliched and, at times, unintentionally hilarious. Also, men are the worst, amiright?
After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.
Thoughts: A terrific tribute to 80’s British horror that nails the feel of the video nasties as it blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Conceptually and aesthetically brilliant, but the final twist feels wanting without an emotional trigger that precipates Enid’s descent.
A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
Thoughts: Somber and spooky, the suspense builds beautifully in its exploration of cultural horror before diffusing in its final act, leaving us with an ambiguous, intriguing, somewhat frustrating ending.
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