Often horror films fail to keep the audience's attention, ultimately the film's pace relies on the much needed Hollywood 'jumps' and visual scares. And when one thinks of Denis' going behind a camera to make a film all I can think of is 'art house', but Denis is more than an artist, not that I am undermining her at all - but her films often feel more artful than entertainment... here though, Denis delivers a film with more than its cover, 'a horror film', its much needed 18 certificate extends the statement that this is not your 'average' art house film - nor is it an average horror.
But rather it is a perfect balance between the two; Denis' characters as usual are both engrossing and frustrating, intelligent and primitive. If anything can be said, is that this film is a perfect study of human nature, and the balance of science and nature.
However, putting aside the film as an overall presentation of genre and style it is a pitch perfect dream, a film that much like Kubrick's work, relies on a tonal mood which sucks you in deeper into the film's narrative.
It's a small gem, that like most of Denis work, seems to be so underrated and misunderstood.
P.S. Look out for Vincent Gallo, whose acting abilities shine.Trouble Every Day [DVD] [2002