Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Calvaire (The Ordeal)

With horror films in the United States being either self-aware, or remakes of classics or foreign affairs and the rest of the horror films coming mainly from asia, it is nice to see a very (very!) european horror film come along.
This one combines elements of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance with an eye for cinematography that also lends a Bergman-esque feel to the film. It is slow burn creepy which slowly (and i'm sad to say, obviously) charts down the path to insanity.
This poor lounge singer singer has some uncanny ability to allow everyone else in the movie to project their image of who he should be on top of him. When his van breaks down and he stays at a remote and isloated in...well bad stuff happens with the local hillbillies.
It is deliberately paced european horror with many lingering images.


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