Daily Archives: April 13, 2020

Horror Films A to Z ~ The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Welcome to my unofficial April A-to-Z. I’m not participating in the actual event, but feel free to check that out. I decided I’d chose 26 horror films, one title for each letter of the alphabet, all new to me, and mostly available through the various streaming sources that I have access to.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Year: 2017
Runtime: 2h 1m
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister

Initial: I’ve heard that this movie is weird.

Production Notes: According to Wikipedia, it’s based the Greek tragedy Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides, which is mentioned in the film.

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) This movie is weird.

(I’m tempted to just leave it there.

This is a well-made movie. It’s shot beautifully. It has a great cast and interesting sound design. And I’m fairly sure that the writing and performances are exactly what writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos intended. But I don’t understand why the dialog is incredibly stilted and the actors lack any affect. The character don’t act like people. I’m sure that it is a film-making choice; it just don’t get why and it takes away from the movie for me. It leads to a level of suspension of disbelief that is impossible for me.

Other notes:

Hey! Alicia Silverstone is in this movie!

Never have I ever more wanted Dr. House to walk into a movie and lay down some science with the appropriate number of eye rolls.)