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.
Runtime: 1h 35m
Director: Babak Anvari
Writer: Babak Anvari, Nathan Ballingrud
Stars: Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz, Karl Glusman
Disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar.
Initial: Heard good things about it, surprised at the low IMDB rating.
Production Notes: Based on the novella The Visible Filth by two-time Shirley Jackson award-winning author Nathan Ballingrud.
What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) The movie ended and I said aloud, “Uh, okay.”
This is a slow, meandering movie (that didn’t bother me). The setting, New Orleans, is excellently rendered, down to the local brands of beers in character’s refrigerators. While I’m not sure I wanted to spend too much time with said characters, the acting is quite good. Armie Hammer is an underappreciated actor, imo. And maybe there is a good horror set-up in the plot of Wounds, but it’s never quite explored or paid off. Kinda makes me want to read the novella it’s based on.
Annoyances: Plot suffered from “I’ll go to the police…later” syndrome. Also, a high-pitched ringing noise is used a few times and, as a tinnitus sufferer, I found it really annoying.