Spiral / Kurtis David Harder

  • Country and year: Canada 2019
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 87 min.
  • Director: Kurtis David Harder
  • Writer: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin
  • Producer(s): Chris Ball, Kurtis David Harder, Colin Minihan, John Poliquin
  • Cinematographer: Bradley Stuckel
  • Music: Avery Kentis
  • Cast: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Ty Wood, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: DCP

Get Out meets Hereditary in this disturbing film. — After Get Out opened to massive box office and critical acclaim, everyone started to predict the rise of so-called ‘social thrillers’, or movies that used high-concept genre tropes to tell stories that reflect our times.

The newest attempt at a social thriller is the terrifying and disturbing Spiral from director Kurtis David Harder, which uses a 90s setting and a story of a gay couple to tell a story about America today, resulting in a movie that will shake you to your core. —

The cinematography is moody and dark, using framing and lighting to make the night-time scenes appear nightmarish and the day-time scenes dream-like to keep the audience guessing what exactly is and isn’t real. The film is not going for a ‘fun time at the movies’ vibe, but a painfully real and constantly dread-filled experience that slowly creeps up on you before shaking you to your core with fantastically timed scares.

Through a phenomenal performance, chilling atmosphere and a terrific script, Spiral builds an experience that is as terrifying as it is depressingly timely.” – Rafael Motamayor / Slash Film

 

”The sense of pervasive dread and the recurrence of esoteric symbols pulls the film into the same murky, unsettling waters as Ben Wheatley‘s Kill List. — An impressive and well-made take on folk horror. It tempers its plaintive bleakness with a hopeful coda, and has a dynamite central performance that is up there with the best horror has had to offer in recent years.”
– Kevin Ibbotson-Wight / The Wee Review

“Merges Polanskian domestic thrills with Peelean social commentary to show a nation that fears, exploits and needs otherness to maintain itself.”
– Anton Bitel / SciFi Now

”Reminiscent of atmospheric, eerie cult-based horror films like Rosemary’s Baby and Midsommar”
– Staci Wilson / We Live Entertainment

”A damn good horror movie, gripping from start to finish and home to surprising turns and a devastating mythology all its own”
– John Squires / Bloody Disgusting

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