Even if you don't find this to be a successful, or intriguing at least, delve into dementia via sore conscience of its female protagonist (and you might, with solid arguments at that), seen from an academic standpoint, a work meticulously based on some many obvious influences that still comes out fresh and authentic is a showcase of director's capability.
It's clear that they actually researched schizophrenia while making the film (although not enough to know that schizophrenics are rarely violent).Even though it's such a common horror trope,I actually felt disjointed and lost in the eerie atmosphere.I loved the odd mental narrative referencing the events as they were happening but always a tad 'off'.Really liked the scene with the photograph which forms into a girl.
You could prime the initiate for IMAGES by telling them it's, like, totally Joseph Losey's REPULSION. You should also tell this person that like w/ some Losey, some Resnais, and much Nick Roeg, IMAGES finds a master filmmaker practically doing straight-up epistemology / ontology. This is prismatic horror of phenomenological missarrangement, the puzzle gone haywire. Everybody knows Altman smoked good shit.
One of Altman's best & most under-seen films. His only out & out 'horror' film and one of the few he wrote himself. It is one of the most cinematic depictions of schizophrenia in film and it, as others have said, serves as a precursor to Altman's 3 Women. Very well acted by Susannah York & Rene Auberjonois and superbly shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. A very disturbing watch.
Susannah York is never less than credible, throwing herself into a very challenging role with courageous and committed abandon. Altman collaborates with York to create an unnerving portrait of mental illness which has never been equaled, but has been endlessly ripped off by lesser directors (Ron Howard). The film is in total sympathy with it's mentally unraveling protagonist as she makes her sad flight into madness.
One usually doesn't associate Robert Altman with the word "creepy" unless one has seen 3 Women (and one really should), but this schizoid nugget is the closest he came to full-on horror. He clearly had been absorbing Bergman and Japanese horror: the atmosphere is richly weird, playing now-you-see-me games with the camera that are sometimes sophisticated, sometimes a kind of arthouse camp. A worthwhile stepping stone.
"Like I said, spaghetti without wine is like a ship without a rudder!" So much bizarro energy in this movie that fits with other great filmmakers-- Antonioni, Bergman, Roeg, Polanski... Not sure it ever becomes fully Altman, but still worth a watch. While usually a fan, seems like Altman's sound approach failed him here. Schizophrenia doesn't look like much fun to me... but being a writer does.
A bit heavy handed of an approach to insanity via identity shifts, haunting apparitions, and doppelgänger, yet wildly addictive. There is something about the re-occurring image of wind chimes, as if the madness could lead these delicate instruments to explode at any second. The entire interior of the house, in a majestical landscape, resembles a log that's been halfway burned to a silky gray, a stage of aberration.