Scary Movie Reviews U
:: Under the Skin :: 2014 :: Jonathan Glazer ::
This movie came highly recommended by two friends, and it really lived up to the hype. I’d like to preface the movie by saying it’s super weird, not a horror movie (not really), and will take some time getting into it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll declare it pretentious and too weird after about twenty minutes, but you won’t turn it off. You won’t look at your computer, or phone, or talk to a friend. You’ll sit there and watch Scarlett Johansson get weird with some creepers. I don’t know how to properly write a synopsis, because I’m not entirely sure what the movie was about. I have theories, but to propose them would kind of ruin the plot. So I don’t know. Watch it. Trust me.
:: Under the Shadow :: 2016 :: Babak Anvari ::
So, this was meant to be a total weekday fluff piece. It was a Monday night, Katie was fooling around on her computer, and I thought it’d be OK to watch a horror movie with subtitles - I’m trying not to use my computer so much anymore, and it’s had drastic effects. One of which is that I can again sit through movies and shows without multitasking - AT ALL. But only 3ish minutes into the movie, K put her computer away and we were in it. Wow is this a wonderful movie. It’s quiet in all the right ways, bleak in all the right ways. The atmosphere is really rich, and the story is so fresh and interesting because it’s a ghost story from another culture. Basic rundown: woman can’t complete college degree because she took part in the Cultural Revolution in Iran in the 80s, her husband is called off to serve his duty, and the magical winds bring a djinn into her apartment building. Scariness ensues. But it’s that kind of quiet mostly understated scariness that I love so much. There were some jumps, but mostly, the anxiety I felt was from anticipation. And that’s the way it should be.