Under the Shadow (2016, Babak Anvari)
Djinn, Ghosts, Iran, Bleak, etc.

Acting: 8
Anxiety: 9
Atmosphere: 9
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 10
Production: 9
Recommended: 10
Scares: 6
Story: 8
Unpredictable: 6

Total: 85

So, this was meant to be a total weekday fluff piece. It was a Monday night, Katie was farting 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.

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