Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 7

AMER (2009)

Striking high contrast cinematography by Manuel Dacosse allow first time filmmakers Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani to get as much of its message across through visuals than dialogue. The influence of Jess Franco and Mario Bava shine through the visual storytelling.

Acting as a loving homage to the giallo genre of the 70's, Amer utilizes the tools in that toolbox- the black gloves, the bright colors, the POV shots, the unsettling soundtrack- to tell a psychosexual tale of voyeurism. The act of being watched. Whether around the corner or peeking through a keyhole.  Like most of giallos, its less about plot than it is about sensory experience.

This is horror going in the right direction and something I wish American horror filmmakers would look at and go "Wow. That's good. Let's do more of that in this movie."


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