At first, the oddly glacial and dreary mumblecore style of this serial killer film rubbed me wrong. Now, I realize it's beautifully done. These elements make the suffocatingly obtrusive, defeatist and hazy atmosphere strikingly resemble our not-all-there characters: Seimetz's depression and initial drunken aloofness, Bowen's Bundy-esque calm-mannered killer, who's as charming and cuddly as he is deadly.
Way too many out of focus transitions and fade to blacks. It just seems very lazy to me. And the story itself has a lot of holes. Having said that, I'll watch Amy Seimetz in anything. She's like a cross between Sarah and Greta Gerwig. Then again, maybe not.
Amy Seimetz and A.J. Bowen are phenomenal in this and alongside a pretty good twist at the end - almost salvage this mess of a movie. This flick would've worked a lot better if Wingard played it straight. I really don't understand the decision to mess with the focus incessantly and have the handheld cam shake all over the place, it was totally unnecessary, the aesthetic added nothing to the theme of the movie.
Very creepy mood piece. I liked the style of the camerawork, editing and music. It does have one flaw in the narrative that kind of took me out of film though: (*SPOILER*) Why wouldn't Sarah ask the police, or the FBI, for protection once she knew that Garrick was in town following her? Why would she go to a cabin in the woods instead of calling the police? Seemed like bad writing just to move the plot forward.
This is a terrible trick of a film. Would you expect a mumblecore drama based on this title? Because that’s what this is. I haven’t seen many mumblecore films but I’ve seen enough to know that I’m not a fan of it. And if the genre can’t be improved by adding a serial killer murdering his way across the country, I don’t think it has any business existing.
Un bon essai pour se démarquer des autres films d'horreur mais je ne peux pas dire que j'ai apprécié. Le revirement final est assez original mais il sombre rapidement dans le grotesque. La façon de filmer un peu à-la-von-trier ne m'a pas dérangé, j'ai trouvé que ça «coulait» bien et l'acting était quand même okay.