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on 1 February 2013
What a surprisingly excellent low budget film. The films setting is a common one that explores the trials and tribulations of middle class American problems within the white picket-fenced suburb; domineering mothers, emasculated husbands, sexual education and dancing classes. However, what makes this film feel new and interesting is that it takes a visual approach similar to more European filmmakers such as Lars Von Trier and mixed with a dash of David's, Cronenberg and Lynch. The film features several dream sequences filled with hyper-stylized nudity, violence, gore and sexual violence but in an expert move from the script and directing some of the most disturbing imagery comes from the mundane real life of the character including scenes involving, cold sores, dead birds or tampons.
Now when a film barrages you with disturbing scenes and art-house stylization's it can become quite cold and unengaging. This film avoids this by not only giving us strong visuals but also interesting characters and performances to keep us engaged. The leads are great and we get good cameos from Malcolm McDowell, Ray Wise and John Waters but the real revelation is unbelievably Traci Lords! I am the first to admit that when I see her name in a films credits it's usually a bad sign but her performance in this is genuinely Oscar worthy. An excellent performance as our protagonists mother that is heartfelt and emotionally powerful, many great actresses have played the middle class over bearing mother from Annette Benning in American Beauty to Barbara Hershey in Black Swan but Traci Lords blows them all away. The film has many horrifying images that will haunt you but the thing that sticks with you the most is the amazing performance from this former pornstar. It is so good that it will completely change your opinion of her. To be fair all the performances are excellent and Annalynne McCord carries the film well playing a complex protagonist. The soundtrack is a mix of haunting melancholy acoustic songs that contrast well with the electronic score. I can't think of a single bad thing about this film though perhaps the cover wrongly sells it as a traditional horror when this really is closer to Antichrist (2009). Hunt this film down as it is a masterpiece and has earned its placed as one of my favorite films of all time.
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