Sunday, October 30, 2016

Under the Shadow (2016)

Director: Babak Anvari. Cast: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi. 84 min. Rated PG-13. UK/Qatar/Jordan. Horror.

I, like millions of other Iranians, had first-hand experience of the city-to-city missile attacks during the Iran-Iraq War. It was ... "scary". Now, first-time director Anvari has used that real fear as a context, added foreboding metaphysical, political, and religious elements from his native Iran, and created a milestone in horror film-making. Taking elements from The Shining, The Amityville Horror, and modern Japanese horror (The Grudge, Dark Water - all creepy apartments), the film is still unique on its own, because both in terms of story and scares, it hits every note right. And all without spilling a single drop of blood.

PS: Currently hitting 98% on the Tomatometer. Available on-demand from Amazon.

PPS: This is UK's entry for the 2017 Foreign-Language Oscar race.

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